Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch Coming to Doctor Who... as a Familiar Character

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is ruling science fiction and fantasy right now — he's playing Smaug in The Hobbit, and he's coming to blows with Spock in the new Star Trek movie. But could he make it a hat-trick with a crucial role in Doctor Who?

That's the rumor being spread by Britain's ever-reliable tabloids. The Daily Express claims that Cumberbatch will join the show as the Doctor's arch nemesis, the Master, in time for its 50th anniversary next year. A "source" told the paper:

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 schedules can work.

Obviously, this should be taken with many, many grains of salt.

[UKPA]