In yesterday’s article, I speculated that Missy could in fact be a fraudster pretending to be the Master. Today, I thought I’d look at who Missy could really be…
Now, this article is based purely on the chance that yesterdays is true. This whole article is dedicated to who Missy could be if she’s not the latest incarnation of the Master.
First of all, let’s look at which Time Lords and Time Ladies we’ve already met in the history of Doctor Who whom Missy could be. Now, personally, I have two Gallifreyan’s in mind; the first and most obvious choice, would be the Rani, the megalomaniac Time Lady who was arguably much more intelligent, resourceful and scientific than the Master. Now, the Rani is a fairly obvious choice, as she’s seen the relationship between the Doctor and the Master, and could in theory be envious. Maybe the Rani secretly loved the Doctor and knows that he and the Master are close? I don’t particularly like this theory, as it’s a bit too much like a soap opera; however, knowing Moffat and his writing style, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
My next idea is by far my favourite, though I admit that I am slightly biased. What if Missy is the Meddling Monk? There are a few reasons that I think that this theory could work. The first is that the Monk likes to meddle in time and in historical events; isn’t Missy wanting the Doctor to have a CyberArmy extremely meddling? The Monk likes to have fun, and I think that it’s arguable to say that Missy is the incarnation of ‘the Master’ that does things because they’re fun the most. Master’s of old didn’t really kill just for the hell of it anywhere near as much as Missy has, whereas it’s likely that the Monk would be this impulsive and erratic. It would also be fun to see the Monk after so long; we’ve only seen him in The Time Meddler and briefly in The Daleks Master Plan. Sure, we’ve heard some more of his misadventures from Big Finish too, but he’s one of the most interesting characters from Gallifrey and I think we’ve barely scratched the surface.
Of course, if Missy isn’t the Master, she could just be another Time Lady who is desperate to get close to the Doctor. I mean, the Doctor is definitely notorious in Time Lord society, so it’s almost certain that he’ll have a fan or two, and there’s no better way to try and get close to him than impersonating his best friend.
I do have one more theory, one that is so outlandish that it could be true. What if Missy is an incarnation of Susan, who absolutely resents her grandfather for never visiting? His parting words were famously “One day I shall come back”, and boy has Susan been waiting a long time for that day to come. How would you feel if your grandad seemingly abandoned you and you found out he was spending so much time with someone else? You’d be extremely annoyed, especially if you were as close to them as Susan was. If Susan is in fact Missy, it would be a perfect allegory as to how the Doctor can impact on someones life. Having Susan be so desperate that she has to murder, she has to be in league with both the Cybermen and the Daleks, she has to steal the dead and that she has to impersonate one of the most villainous Time Lords in history just so she gets noticed by her grandfather would be utterly heartbreaking.
But of course, this is all just a theory.
What do you think? Apart from the Master, who could Missy really be? Let us know in the comments below or @GallifreyRchive on Twitter!