The announced return of John Simm to "Doctor Who" to reprise his role as "The Master" has attracted a lot of attention as he was a most popular "heel" opposite David Tennant's 10th Doctor.
But it also begs the question of where this leaves Michelle Gomez, who currently plays the Master. She has established herself as unpredictable as her predecessor and its hinted that they may share the stage schizophrenically this season.
Gomez, the now 50-year old Scottish and Portuguese actress broke barriers and perceptions when she first arrived as the mysterious "Missy." It was soon discovered that she was the latest incarnation of "The Master." Gomez was the first woman to play the role and changed the dynamics of the relationship between "The Doctor" and his childhood friend/rival.
This ushered in an era of women in crucial roles during the next two seasons with Kate Stewart leading UNIT carrying on the tradition of her father Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The appearance of Maise Williams from "Game of Thrones" playing Ashildr would team up with Peter Capaldi's companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) to hijack a tardis of their own. The Time Lords top officer was even shot by Capaldi's Doctor and regenerated into a woman.
The impression that Gomez left and will leave was to facilitate conversation about whether it was time that the "Doctor" would be played by a woman for the first time. So though Timms return is welcome, let's not forget the lasting impact Missy made with her many voices and dark humor that gave The Master a clever new shine to an already classic character.