Michelle Gomez leaving Doctor Who with Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi

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May 16, 2017

The wonderful Michelle Gomez, who plays the current female incarnation of The Master, has announced she will be saying goodbye to Doctor Who.

The actress told the good folks at Radio Times that she will be departing the BBC series alongside star Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat at the close of the season. Gomez, who played the role of the Doctor’s frenemy Time Lord Missy for a total of 12 episodes (three of those are forthcoming, starting with Saturday’s episode "Extremis" and ending with the Season 10 finale two-parter), first appeared in 2014’s "Deep Breath." Here’s what she said:

“My pals are going so I’m going. Everybody’s leaving, so I’m going too. I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be? Nah, it’s done now. It’s over. It’s the end of a chapter.”

The end of a chapter indeed! The Scottish actress then spoke about what she’ll miss the most (as well as what she won't miss at all) about leaving Doctor Who behind:

“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, the fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure. I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert. So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.”

I don't know about you, but this news is a bit of bummer to me, because I liked what Michelle Gomez was bringing to the table as Missy. Even though, yeah, I'll admit that I will always have a soft spot for John Simm’s unhinged Master (Simm is also returning for Capaldi and Moffat’s swan song, where he will come face to face with Missy, so that should be interesting), Missy was a villain I really, truly loved, and I would have liked to see her interactions with the new Doctor. Le sigh.

What do you think of this news?

(via Radio Times)