Doctor Who Star Sacha Dhawan Reveals How He Prepared to Play The Master

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It's safe to say that every incarnation of The Master has been delightfully wicked in their own way. However, Sacha Dhawan's version of the renegade Time Lord on Doctor Who Season 12 is probably one of the most entertaining so far. So how exactly did the Iron Fist star manage to embody the Doctor's primary antagonist? Dhawan revealed that he needed the help of showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Dhawan recently spoke to Digital Spy and he admitted that he wasn't sure he could take on a role that has been played by so many gifted actors.

"Your initial thinking is: 'Maybe I'm not good enough'," Dhawan said. "But what Doctor Who has taught me as well is to really believe yourself, and to trust your ability."

The History Boys star then revealed that he eventually loosened up when he realized that Chibnall had his back.

"I think that once I tapped into that with the support of Chris Chibnall, the creator and writer, and Matt Strevens, the producer. They really got me to produce some of my best work," Dhawan shared.

Once he tapped into the role, Dhawan admitted that it was just a matter of accepting the character's nature.

"I think The Master only comes to life when you kind of lose all your inhibitions, and you're not afraid to take risks and be really bold. And by doing that, it felt like the character became more scary and more unpredictable," he said. "That was my initial fear – but once I embraced that fear, it made the part more interesting and special."

It's definitely working and we're loving Dhawan's take on the Master. Needless to say, we can't wait to see what's in store for the baddie in the season finale.

The Doctor Who Season 12 finale will air on BBC on March 1.


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