Big Finish brings us War Master versus the Master

It takes a Master to defeat a Master…. Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Gatiss battle it out this December in a new four-part adventure from Big Finish Productions.


Attention people of the universe! In the final chapter of The War Master saga, the Master (played by Derek Jacobi), unleashes his most audacious plot yet – as leader of the Daleks… And it’ll take a Master from another universe (Mark Gatiss) to stop him…

The War Master: Anti-Genesis also features listeners’ favourite Narvin, played by Seán Carlsen, joining the fight against the most machiavellian Master of them all, with Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks.


1. From the Flames by Nicholas Briggs
2. The Master’s Dalek Plan by Alan Barnes
3. Shockwave by Alan Barnes
4. He Who Wins by Nicholas Briggs

In the Time War there is a crime that not even the Daleks would dare consider. But the Master has more than considered – he is ready to commit…

Writer and co-script editor of this box set, Nicholas Briggs, told us more,

“When producer/director Scott Handcock and I came up with the idea of there being an ‘alternative universe’ Master in the fourth War Master box set, we were very excited. We had it in mind that if Mark Gatiss really wasn’t available that we could, in theory and desperation, invent another ‘alternative universe’ Master — but we were really hoping for Mark. And the fact that Mark could make the recording dates makes me very happy indeed. The whole relationship between Derek Jacobi’s War Master and Mark’s Master is an intriguing one that gives many opportunities for stand-out performances from these great actors.”


The War Master: Anti-Genesis is available for pre-order now at £22.99 on CD or £19.99 on download.

The first two series in The War Master range – Only the Good and The Master of Callous – are available from Big Finish Productions and Amazon.

The third series, Rage of the Time Lords, is available on Big Finish now and available for pre-order on Amazon.

One thought on “Big Finish brings us War Master versus the Master

  1. […] The War Master since its inception in 2017, has become one of Big Finish Productions’ most consistent ranges, with three of the four previous sets being released to critical acclaim with only one falling short. The range has been characterised by an exploration of darker themes throughout the Time War, giving Derek Jacobi one of the darkest incarnations of the Master to portray and explore. War is the prominent theme and how war changes people and planets, the hopelessness associated with a war to end all wars such as the Time War, and the atrocities which arise from two societies being pushed to their limit. The audio format is perfect for this type of story as it allows the cast and crew to go as dark as possible, using the power of suggestion to depict such atrocities and the listener’s mind is responsible for the gruesome images, all the while never having to restrict themselves to an adult only audience. These types of stories were best explored by the first, third, and fourth sets, while the fifth sets, Hearts of Darkness, instead decides to focus in on how the war is most effecting the two Time Lords set to survive the Time War, the Doctor, here played by Paul McGann, and, of course, the Master. Keeping the established format of four stories written by two authors, in this case David Llewellyn and Lisa McMullin, telling a linked tale over the four-hour period. Unlike previous sets, Hearts of Darkness employs several plot twists which recontextualises what has come before in the set, making it near impossible to separate each episode from one another. Things change, and like any good story, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. […]

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