John Simm has denied complaining about the attention he gets from Doctor Who fans.
Simm played the Doctor’s archenemy the Master in five episodes of the sci-fi series between 2007 and 2010 and allegedly vented about the recognition the role brings him during a recent press interview. “I do get a lot of Doctor Who. God almighty, I’ll be so happy when that’s gone from my life,” the Radio Times quotes him as saying. “They’re lovely, I’m sure, but I won’t miss it.”
Simms reportedly added: “It’s great to be into something, but for goodness’ sake, really? I’m not the Master, I’m not that evil Time Lord who rules the galaxy, I’m just in Tesco with my kids. Leave me alone!”
However, the actor has now used Twitter to distance himself from these comments. He posted yesterday (May 28):
Continuing, Simm claimed he hasn’t actually given an interview to the TV listings magazine “for many years” and reassured fans that he “meant no disrespect”.
“To ‘Whovians’ or whoever. It’s a non story. I always try to be polite to fans and am v proud of my time in the show,” he added. “You can choose to believe what you like but I really meant no offence. I’ve obviously pissed off some bored journalist coz I wouldn’t do an interview.”
Series 7 of Doctor Who came to an end earlier this month (May) and the show will return in November for a 50th anniversary special featuring guest appearances from old favourites David Tennant and Billie Piper.