This isn’t a single interview, more a collection of quotes concerning his role as the Master in the 1996 TV movie. Some of his comments are a little contradictory at times. If you want to read a good in-depth interview with him about his whole career, I’d recommend looking here.
On getting the role
I got the offer to do ‘Doctor Who’ and, as I looked into it and saw its popularity, I got very excited about doing it. I did as much research as I could. There was more available than I had time for, but I did immerse myself. Paul (McGann) was great. A great guy and a very giving actor
It was so much fun. It was such a great group, and they all loved what they were doing. And they were all nice.
On becoming part of ‘Doctor Who’ folklore
Look, when I was in school in London at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, that’s when I got turned on to ‘Doctor Who’. It was great fun, but it was big camp, way overacted, and way fake. So, no, I was not intimidated to do that. (laughs) If that answers your question.
I was new to that world, which made it fun in a particular kind of way. The Master is up there in popularity with the Daleks. Isn’t that cool? Playing the baddest baddie in the universe I could really break free because this guy loved causing problems for other people. You had to go way outside the realm of human boundaries to play him.
He was more evil than the past Masters. I just thought he was more graphically evil. The Master’s often described as an evil genius because… he is evil. He’s like all of our worst nightmares, because he’s really mean and he’s really smart, so it’s all the things we’re really scared of.
On working with Christopher Eccleston on ‘Heroes’.
A: Yeah, what a great guy. We talked fast for a couple of days.