Friends, nerds, countrymen – lend me your cheekbones. There's a rumour that Benedict Cumberbatch, of the BBC's Sherlock and Tinker Tailor fame, is being considered for a turn as the Master in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary season. According to The Express, Steven Moffat, the showrunner for both Who and Sherlock, is trying to get his two leading men together.
They quote an unnamed source as saying:
It's fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it's felt Benedict is the perfect choice if the schedules can work. Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor.
Expectations for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary will be high, of course, and it'll also take a lot to overcome that time when the Master was dancing and snogging on his personal Death Star. But I'm willing to bet that Cumberbatch, fan-favorite and absolute master of the snide side-glance, could take on the task if anyone can.
Or possibly the Doctor and the Detective could just have a race to see who can run faster through the London streets. What say you?