Review: Masterful (Celebrating 50 years of ‘The Master’)

Review by Jacob Licklider


“I am usually referred to as the Master…universally.”

This immortal line, first aired 50 years ago, introduced Doctor Who fans to Roger Delgado and the Doctor’s arch enemy the Master. And now, to celebrate this momentous occasion, Big Finish Productions has brought together all surviving TV incarnations of the Master and a host of others for a three hour audio drama, ‘Masterful’. Released 50 years to the day of Episode One of ‘Terror of the Autons‘, there are two editions of this release; the standard three disc edition and the limited eight disc edition which contains a disc of bonus features, an original audiobook by Trevor Baxendale, and two previously released Short Trips. This review is only looking at Masterful the story (see our Terror of the Master review here) So, should you buy Masterful? Short answer, yes, of course you should, James Goss provides three hours with a brilliant cast pitting Master against Master, playing to each incarnation’s strengths and giving listeners a real treat to see how dysfunctional each incarnation can be when forced to cooperate. Continue reading

Sacha Dhawan talks about becoming ‘The Master’ on Doctor Who

Doctor Who made its triumphant return to our screens on New Years Day with Series 12, Episode 1 ‘Spyfall‘ guest starring Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry.

However, there was one big reveal on the episode that has fans talking; when the character of ‘O’ played by Sacha Dhawan was revealed to be classic Doctor Who villian ‘The Master’. The Master had not been seen since the face-off between his female incarnation ‘Missy’ and a previous incarnation (played by John Simm) during the Series 10 Finale.

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Newly released teaser image for Doctor Who finale

A newly released image for the upcoming Doctor Who finale sees The Master and Missy together for the first time!

A new image has been released today (Sunday 18th June) for the Doctor Who series 10 finale, which sees Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Master (John Simm) together for the first time.


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BBC Confirms John Simm to return as The Master in Doctor Who

The BBC has today confirmed John Simm will return as The Master in Doctor Who. This follows a news story published by The Sun following the press launch event.
He will battle The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.

John Simm says:

“I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back.  It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series.

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