Sir Derek Jacobi only appeared as the Master on television in one episode of Doctor Who, 2007’s “Utopia.” But the star of stage and screen has had ample time to flesh out the dastardly character in full-cast audio drama spinoffs from Big Finish Production — and more are on the way, pitting the “War Master” against Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor.
The War Master: The Rage of the Time Lords, coming in July 2019, comprises four new stories exploring the Master’s exploits in the Time War:
- The Survivor by Tim Foley
- The Coney Island Chameleon by David Llewellyn
- The Missing Link by Tim Foley
- Darkness and Light by David Llewellyn
With all of space and time in chaos, the Master plots his most audacious project yet. Only one other Time Lord has ever been able to stop him. But where is that Time Lord when the universe needs him?
This new series of adventures take the Master into darker terrain as he gathers his forces against the Daleks in one of his most nefarious schemes to date. Will the Doctor stop him? Will he want to? Or has the Master’s deadly scheme proved too great to be controlled…
“This incarnation of the Master is very much the ‘Hannibal Lecter’ of Time Lords – intelligent, charming, but thoroughly ruthless,” said producer and director Scott Handcock. “We had a lot of fun in studio bringing the War Master back to life! It’s been a gift of a project, and we can’t wait for listeners to hear it.”
On returning to his Master-ful role on audio in 2017, Jacobi said: “I didn’t expect to come back to it all these years later but I was thrilled to be remembered. The plots in all these episodes have been very good indeed, very interesting, very dramatic and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!”
The War Master: The Rage of the Time Lords is being released as part of the 20th anniversary year of Doctor Who on audio.
Series three of The War Master, Rage of the Time Lords will materialize in July 2019, written by Tim Foley and David Llewellyn. Series four, The War Master: Anti-Genesis, written by Nicholas Briggs and Alan Barnes, will complete the saga in December 2019.
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