Category Archives: The Master

The War Master Returns!

The best thing about Series Three’s Utopia was Derek Jacobi’s Master, and in many ways it’s a damn shame he regenerated at the end of the episode, making it his one and only TV outing. So far anyway…

With two incarnations of The Master about to turn up on telly in a couple of weeks to help see off Peter Capaldi’s Twelvy, what better time for Big Finish to publicise their latest New Series recruit than now, ten years to the day since he regenerated into John Simm.

The loss of John Hurt robbed us of more adventures with The War Doctor, so what better way to return to the Time War than with The War Master. If nothing else, in these audio stories the old boy might actually get away with it for a change without Don’t Call Me The Doctor around.

The War Doctor series ended with Doctor Hurt and Leela ready to set off on adventures we will never get to hear. We can only imagine what those adventures might have been had John Hurt lived. But the other side of the conflict, that of the other errant son of Gallifrey, what happened there? We’re about to find out in The War Master Volume One!

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The Two Masters!

Never mind all the sadness of Capaldi’s impending regeneration, or the anticipation of the return of the Mondas Cybermen, following The Moff’s warning at the recent screening of The Pilot, fandom was scratching it’s collective head as to what the Mega Spoiler at the end of episode one’s Coming Soon trailer was going to be…

until today.

Was it going to be a cameo of River and Eleven at the frost fair in episode three?


Was it Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter?


Was it Susan, the Doctor’s Granddaughter?


Was it Polly, turning up to help defeat the Mondas Cybs in the finale?


So what could this mega-spoiler possibly be?

Well, it was this:


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Richard Hammond IS Anthony Ainley!

At the launch of the latest Clarkson, Hammond and May “Not Top Gear” Tour in Belfast, Richard “hamster” Hammond sported a familiar looking goatee beard…

richard hammond top gear dr who master

…now, does that look remind you of anyone? It does me!

richard hammond the master anthony ainley

[Don’t think it suits him though…]

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How The Master Became Missy. Maybe.

The Master - how it all began

The Master.  We first meet him in 1971, in Terror of the Autons, and back in those days he looks like Roger Delgado alongside the Pertwee Doctor, although personally I think Edward Brayshaw’s War Chief from The War Games was the Master too, but anyway, be that as it may…

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After Frontier In Space he disappears for ages before turning up again in his decaying thirteenth – and ordinarily, final – body, looking like Lon Chaney with really bad dermatitis in The Deadly Assassin. By the time we get all the way to the McGann Doctor he’s looked, variously, like Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts and Alexander McQueen and we’re on the verge of the Time War. The Paul McGann Doctor dies on Karn and regenerates into John Hurt, having finally decided to get involved and fight in the War. All we know of the Master at this point is that somehow he’s ended up dead. Properly, finally dead. At last. Only he doesn’t stay that way.

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Somehow the Time Lords resurrect him to fight in the War, only he uses a fob watch Chameleon Arch to make himself into the human Professor Yana and legs it to the end of the Universe, which is where we  – and the Tennant Doctor – next meet him, in Utopia, looking now like Derek Jacobi.

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And here’s the interesting thing – when the Doctor meets Yana he doesn’t recognise him as the Master, that only happens when Yana opens the fob watch and the Tennant Doctor becomes aware of the Master’s presence. So that means that, during the Time War, the Hurt Doctor never met the Jacobi Master, which is a damn shame as a face off between those two would have been a sight to behold…

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Towards the end of Utopia, the Jacobi Master gets shot and regenerates into the John Simm Master who also gets shot and “dies” only to get resurrected as SkeletorMaster for the events of The End of Time, when Rassilon and the Time Lords turn up. So the last we see of the SkeletorMaster is him zapping away at Rassilon as Gallifrey slips back into the Time War, specifically to The Last Day Of The Time War, something that gets established early on in The End of Time Part Two, and confirmed in The Day of The Doctor.

Master vs Rassilon

So the SkeletorMaster and Rassilon and the Time Lords all go back to the last day of the War, the same day that the Hurt, Tennant and Smith Doctors “destroy” Gallifrey. Which, in turn, means that the SkeletorMaster is still on Gallifrey on the very day when it’s going to get shunted into another Universe, safe but frozen in a moment of time, or so the Doctors think. But hold on a minute…

After leaving Liz One, the only way the Doctors can get into UNIT’s Black Archive is via the Gallifrey Falls No More painting, which isn’t a painting, it’s a stasis cube, Time Lord art.  A stasis cube of The Fall Of Arcadia. Which took place when? The Last Day of The Time War! So when the three Doctors, plus Clara, go into the painting they are going back into the Time War, into the last day of the Time War, back to The Fall of Arcadia.

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Now at the same time as that is happening, where is the SkeletorMaster? What is he up to? Well, if Missy is telling the truth, and she really is the Master, only this time in a female body, how did that happen? Well, this is where we get into the realms of conjecture ahead of whatever official explanation The Moff has for us this coming Saturday, but here goes…

Matrix Data SliceAssuming that MissyMaster, chronologically, comes after the John Simm SkeletorMaster, a safe bet since Twelvy doesn’t recognise her, then that means that SkeletorMaster survives the battle with Rassilon. He certainly seems to have the upper hand as they all fade away, but he has depleted almost all of his life force. So he hot foots it to the nearest Matrix Data Slice and uploads his mind into it…

Then he downloads himself into the first unfortunate Time Lord who comes anywhere near it, or Time Lady, he’s not fussy, all he cares about is his own survival. And it just so happens that a Time Lady who, we assume, looks like Missy, is unfortunate enough to wander within range and gets her own mind erased and replaced with that of the Master.

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So next, MissyMaster knows that Gallifrey is rapidly running out of time. And she can sense that the Doctor is nearby so she legs it from the Capitol to Arcadia and sure enough, there he is. All three of him. And Clara. And then, as they all step out of the Gallifrey Falls No More painting, maybe she steps out too. That’s what I think anyway. I could very well be wrong, but that doesn’t make the guesswork any less fun. And I was right about Matt Smith being the Thirteenth Doctor when you all thought I was wrong so maybe I’m right about this too. Either way, can’t wait to find out!


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Dr Who meets The Arabian Knights

This just came to me today when I was working on the Fan Edit of Time Shite, I mean Time Flight. You’ll only get this one if you remember the Arabian Knights cartoon that used to air as part of The Banana Splits show…

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put them together and what have you got?

kalid time flight arabian knights

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Dr Who in “The Glen of Sleeping”!

From the pages of TV Action…



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The Mind Robber – Target cover mk2

The Mind Robber is the latest Fan Edit available over at Whoflix, which gave me the idea of updating David McAllister`s cover for the Target Novelisation to include the two characters missing from the artwork who really ought to have been there!

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Weng Chiang? The Master!

The Talons of Weng Chiang is a great story, but when the villain of the title is unmasked at the end of Episode Five, it wasn`t who I was expecting…





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Ninky Nonk Tardis

Here is the Ninky Nonk from In The Night Garden which is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi!

As if having a pre-schoolers programme narrated by The Master wasn`t bizarre enough, does anything about the Ninky Nonk look… familiar…?

Or was I the only one to see this and immediately think of the Jade Pagoda Tardis from Dave MacIntee`s NA Sanctuary from years ago?

all of which can only mean one of two things: either someone on ITNG is a Who Fan or I really do need to get out more!

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