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Sir Derek Jacobi returns to Doctor Who as the Master

HE. IS. THE MASSSTER! 

10 years ago, Sir Derek Jacobi properly played the Master on-screen for just ten minutes – but in that short time he managed to sadistically electrocute his assistant, open his base’s doors to a race of sadistic human-eaters AND leave The Doctor stranded at the end of the universe. 

Now he’s back. 

Never one to leave behind unfinished business, thesp royalty Sir Derek is returning as The Master in a series of four brand spanking new BBC audio adventures – finally fulfilling fans’ long-held desire to see him back in his rightful place as the Doctor’s nemesis. 

Sir Derek said: “I didn’t expect to come back 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 dynamic, and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!” 

For some reason, when the Master talks about his delight, we feel a little shiver down our spine. 

Director/Producer Scott Handcock added: “His incarnation is very much the Hannibal Lecter of Time Lords – intelligent, charming, but thoroughly ruthless – 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!”

What’s this? The War Master? Oh yes, didn’t we mention, the series will take place during the devastating Time War, meaning we’ll see Jacobi’s Master at his evil best during the Doctor’s darkest hour of all. 

Yeah… We’ll take it. 

The episodes, titled Beneath the Viscoid, The Good Master, The Sky Man and The Heavenly Paradigm, will be available to pre-order for £23 (download £20) from bigfinish.com in time for the series’ December release, and a bundle containing The War Master: Volume One as well as upcoming releases Gallifrey: Time War and Tales of New Earth will be available for £63 (download £54). 

Episode One will be written by Nicholas Briggs, voice of the Daleks himself! (Although, how on Earth does he ever get taken seriously when he does his weekly shop?) The following three episodes will be penned by Janine H Jones, James Goss and Guy Adams, respectively. 

Briggs said: “I was lucky enough to have directed Sir Derek 14 years ago in Deadline, another audio adventure, so I was delighted to be able to work with him once again. The thrill for me has been just how fascinating and exhilarating it is to write a series when the leading character is a bad guy.

“Writing my own script and working on the others with Scott has been such a rewarding challenge. I’m really keen to do it again, and further explore what the Master did get up to in the Time War.” 

Nerdgasm alert: Maybe this could be a chance for us to finally see the Master’s transformation into the human Professor Yana using the Chameleon Arch – make it happen, Nick! 

James Goss said: “What was exciting about this was that normally the Master loses. He puts in the hours, he works through all these elaborate plans and yet it all goes wrong. It’s not fair! 

“It’s brilliant that Big Finish have finally awarded him for all that hard work, and even better, it’s the most intriguing, exciting, barely-glimpsed actor to have ever played the Master. What did Sir Derek do in the Time War? It’s thrilling to have helped find out.”

The series will feature a galaxy of guest stars including faces previously seen in Torchwood, Poldark (squeal!), and Holly City, as well as Donna Noble’s mum herself – Jacqueline King, recently seen playing Theresa May on the BBC. Whether she’ll be stepping back into Sylvia Noble’s shoes, we have yet to discover. 

You can listen to Sir Derek Jacobi’s Master at his vicious (pardon the pun) best in the BBC series trailer, available on YouTube. This truly has to be heard to be believed.  

THE MASSSSTER… REBORN! 

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