Read Doctor Who: Master by Joseph Lidster Sylvester McCoy Geoffrey Beevers Philip Madoc AnneRidler Online


Many years ago, on a dark and stormy night, the disfigured and enigmatic Doctor John Smith invited his closest friends, Inspector Victor Schaeffer and his wife, Jacqueline, to a dinner to celebrate his birthday. A few hours later all the occupants in that house had been changedsome were dead, others mentally scarred forever by the events of that night.So, what happened tMany years ago, on a dark and stormy night, the disfigured and enigmatic Doctor John Smith invited his closest friends, Inspector Victor Schaeffer and his wife, Jacqueline, to a dinner to celebrate his birthday. A few hours later all the occupants in that house had been changed ­ some were dead, others mentally scarred forever by the events of that night.So, what happened to the distinguished dinner guests on that evening? Perhaps, we'll never know. But two clues have led to much speculation ­ found outside the study window, a charred umbrella with a curved red handle and found inside the house, a blood-stained copy of Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.For one person, this night represented an ending: an ending to one thousand years of darkness and an ending to ten years of light.But, for everyone else, is there no ending of this one night of Hell?Chronological Placement: This story takes place between the television adventures, Survival and the 1996 TV Movie.This is a full-cast audio play produced by Big Finish Productions....

Title : Doctor Who: Master
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ISBN : 9781844350315
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Number of Pages : 3 Pages
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Doctor Who: Master Reviews

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-16 04:10

    This is a seventh Doctor story, without a recurring companion, and is #49 in the Big Finish main range.This is the last of the trilogy leading up to the controversial 50th audio and 40th anniversary special Doctor Who: Zagreus. This trilogy deals with dark reflections of the Doctor from the classic series, so far having looked at Omega and Davros and this time with his classic nemesis, the Master. This is the Geoffrey Beevers Master who appeared in the classic television episode The Keeper of Traken.The Doctor is telling a story to a young assassin as the assassin waits for his target. The story is of a Doctor John Smith who has invited his closest friends to dinner for his birthday, only for a mysterious stranger to appear. The stranger may be able to explain why John, who is horribly disfigured, has no memory prior to 10 years ago.I'm quite conflicted about this story. On one hand it's quite a brilliant little play as the drama unfolds between John and his friends with the Doctor's intrusion, but it takes some fairly major leaps with the Doctor Who universe. That the Doctor and the Master may have been childhood friends I'll kind of buy, but personification of abstract universal concepts is perhaps a step too far. Another part of it would radically change a foundation point of the Doctor's character which I don't think really fits.I think one of the other reviews of this play hit the nail on the head in describing it as a very good fanfic.I've quite enjoyed this trilogy, even if it's gone in sort of Elsewhen places in parts. Now onto Zagreus! I'm told I'll either love it or hate it ...

  • Wendy
    2019-04-20 07:04

    A tricky play to review, because it's doing different things on different levels, some of which I quite like, and others that I'm not so sure about. On a basic story level, I found this quite gripping and suspenseful. No one would describe this play as action-packed - it mostly consists of a series of conversations in drawing rooms. But the surprises keep coming. On a deeper level, this story sets out to answer the question, "Why is the Master the way he is?" And the first answer that Lidster presents us with has a certain appeal: when the Doctor and the Master were children, the Master killed a bully that was tormenting them, and the two of them conspired to cover it up; the secret guilt of that deed consumed the Master until he became the sociopath we all know and love. It has a certain tragic poignancy, and it does explain the sense of obligation that the Doctor often seems to feel towards the Master. As explanations go, I think I prefer it to the new series' "the noises in his head made him do it" explanation. However, as it turns out, there is more. First, there is an anthropomorphic personification of Death running around. We are told that the Master is Death's servant, and that the Doctor and Death made a bargain whereby the Master would get 10 years of life as a normal person in exchange for the Doctor agreeing to kill the Master at the end of that 10 years. Which all leads up to the final revelation, which is that it wasn't the Master who killed the bully all those years ago. It was the Doctor. At which point, Death came to the young Doctor and explained that this one act would make him Death's servant, unless he wanted to make a deal and let Death take his best friend instead...At which point, the story stops being one about guilt and friendship and the possibility of redemption, and becomes one about two people who were ensnared by cosmic forces who are just way more powerful than they are. It's tragic, and still moving in its own way, but I think the first story was more interesting. Especially in the context of Doctor Who, which is so often about the ability of individuals to escape the fates that more powerful entities have planned for them. So, it's one heck of a play, and I'm glad it was written, but I'll probably always think of it more as a really provocative piece of fanfic rather than the canon backstory of the Doctor and the Master.

  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    2019-04-24 12:03

    This time, Seven goes head to head with death herself. He's made a deal with the reaper and it all has to do with his old childhood friend and lives-long nemesis, the Master. A living-room drama in an Edwardian setting turns into a disorienting confrontation with the roots of good and evil. Thrilling stuff, if at times a shade melodramatic (absolutely no one in any Big Finish audio drama should ever be allowed to say the words 'I love you' ever again, worse yet, 'But I love you').

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-04-21 04:08

    Light vs Dark... Good vs Evil... The Doctor vs The Master ..... very pleasant listen...... 6.5/10

  • Kelly McCubbin
    2019-04-30 10:07

    Coming up on Big Finish's 50th story, Zagreus, the ramp up was a series of three stories featuring classic (arguably in the first case) arch villans. I decided to listen to all three before reviewing them.These three, either by design or because that's just sorta the way you do this kind of thing now, had some common factors. They all revealed something about the past of the baddie that fleshed out the character (and occasionally The Doctor as well) in a way that we'd never seen before. They all had some discussion about the nature of evil (usually one on one with The Doctor). And finally, they all mentioned Zagreus in passing.Master - NOW we're talkin'! One of the best performances that Sylvester McCoy has given on audio and the return Geoffrey Beevers to the role of The Master gives nuance to the character the likes of which we've never seen.This is a moody, frightening, piece of gothic horror with a small cast of actors dizzily pirouetting around each other as the tension builds.Again with the new history about characters we've known for decades. This time, however, the history intertwines so intricately with The Doctor's that you might not be able to look at either of them the same way again.And again with the discussion fo the nature of evil, but far more deeply here. What if evil was just one person wanting another to see the color blue in the same way that the "evil" person does? It's a dance to try and get to the bottom of it and I could listen to these two debate for hours. The only downside here is the fourth episode. It just doesn't seem to be able to land, bumping along several plot points and indicating that they're resolved without exactly explaining how. The whole thing becomes a little broad at the end and that's a shame.Well worth a listen.Note: While this isn't officially a "side-step" into the Virgin New Adventures canon, it's pretty clearly acknowledging it. The Seventh is "Time's Champion" yet again and it warms my cockles.

  • Linnea Gelland
    2019-05-04 05:02

    A chilling, sad and thought-provoking story that takes advantage of every aspect of the audio-based medium. Voices filled my head until I could feel how it must be to be truly crazy. Listening to it long into the early hours of the morning probably helped too. The acting was superb, and the cast certainly gave its all so that I could almost feel the spit in my ears. I was kept on edge, wondering how it would all tie together, and I was not disappointed. Absolutely brilliant.

  • Steven
    2019-05-01 05:00

    The Seventh Doctor arrives at an old house on the colony world of Perfugium where he has, through a deal with Death, sent the Master to live without memory of his evil for several years.It is eventually revealed that while the Doctor was Time's Champion, the Master was Death's. This was a result of an incident in their youth, when the Doctor accidentally killed a boy who was bullying the young Master. When Death came to him, the young Doctor gave his childhood friend over to Death (personified as a woman) rather than become its slave himself, causing his friend to take on all the guilt and aftereffects for his crime and ultimately become the Master.However, as a result of this, neither the Master nor the Doctor remembered the truth, instead having the false memory of the Master being responsible for the death. The deal the Doctor made involved Death allowing the Master to be what he would have been if he had not become her avatar, but in return the Doctor would have to kill him ten years later.Rendered amnesiac and thinking his name was John Smith, the Master becomes a benevolent doctor on Perfugum. At the end of those years, however, Doctor is unable to bring himself to kill him. This causes Death to become personally involved, unleashing a night of horrors upon the household. The truth of the Master's past is revealed, but "John Smith" forgives the Doctor for this. However, the end implies that the Master will once again become Death's servant.

  • Just Bill
    2019-04-27 08:13

    I'm really torn as to how I feel about this audio drama. The first half is fantastic, perhaps one of the best of the Big Finish productions that I've listened to yet. Great performances from the actors, a great setting and mood, and terrific pacing and building of suspense as the story unfolds. The problem for me begins in the second half as we get a bit more detail and back story. I was mildly put off by the reveals about the Doctor and the Master's history as children and the event that set them upon their paths as adults. I believe I could have still worked with that however, but with the introduction of an all-powerful and sentient physical incarnation of Death itself that has been pulling their strings and setting them up, even making deals with the Doctor... that's where the serial ultimately lost me, and where a five star story suddenly dropped to three. Disappointed as I was with this, "Big Bad" being the ultimate controlling force however, this was still a very enjoyable listen overall.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-02 10:23

    So after about a month of thinking of listening to this story i finally do it. And i made the right choice to listen to it. The story is like Davros. It's very character based. And you have to be in the mood in order to listen to it. And i was. The story is quite creepy in parts and has one of the best interactions of The Doctor and The Master in the shows history. It is long at about 7-9 minutes long but it does not bore. But even though the story is good it does have a negative. Part 4 was quite over the top in some parts. But overall the story is still quite strong. Slyvester McCoy and Geoffrey Beevers are very strong in this story and it has some of the best supporting characters in audio history. I give it a 9.5/10

  • Kristina
    2019-05-15 10:08

    A real psychological tale of what defines us. Are we fated or can we decide our destiny? Does true evil exist or can evil acts always be rationalised? Is insanity only an excuse so we don't have to accept the darkness inherent in all of us?This is an absolute must for anyone interested in the character of the Master and his history with the Doctor.

  • Angela
    2019-05-03 12:20

    The Doctor gives the Master a chance at a normal life, without memories, and it turns him back to the good person that he originally knew. This cannot last forever. This is an incredibly touching play, the performances are spot on, and you actually feel sorry for the Master. It shows the Doctors friendship that he is prepared to do this for his old enemy. An amazing listen.

  • Reg Franklin
    2019-04-29 08:22

    The plot to this story is so excellent, I fear talking too much about it for fear of spoiling the crap out of it. Just leave it at this: Sylvester McCoy's 7th Doctor has to make a choice; Kill the Master, or destroy him forever. Yes, those are different things.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-05-05 06:15

    Alas, decent performances by all, rather let down by the plot which is an extended piece of the type of fan-fic we have all read so much of since June. (Except this is Seven/Beevers Master rather than Ten/Simm Master.)

  • Debra Cook
    2019-05-12 09:16

    This was an interesting story where the Master is not a blood thirsty monster. Hidden away from death for 10 years he was a nice normal person but what happens when the Doctor and Death find him. You have to find out for yourself.

  • Mel
    2019-04-28 07:11

    "And odd that we just met but I feel we could be friends" Fantastic old spooky haunted house with so much more. Examining the nature of good and evil and the true nature of the relationship between the master and the doctor. Just brilliant. One of Big Finish's best.

  • Yosef Shapiro
    2019-05-18 03:57

    Sylvester Mccoy is much better in these audio adventures than he was on television as the doctor. This story tries to help us to understand the Master's motivations. But, it really can't explain why the master is the way he is. Still worth listening to.

  • Linh
    2019-04-29 07:02


  • Peter O'Brien
    2019-04-20 05:00

    Required listening for anyone who wants to learn more about the dark and twisted dynamic between the Doctor and his greatest adversary: the Master.

  • Jami
    2019-05-06 06:56

    The 7th Doctor, the Master, and Death and lots of dark over the top melodrama. What's not to like?

  • Ritchie
    2019-05-04 07:06

    The previous Big Finish dipped into the past of Davros. This one adds some backstory to Tge Master and his relationship with The Doctor.

  • ani
    2019-05-02 03:56

    I thought this was a superb story and totally changed my perspective on the Master. The tight story telling with a small cast of excellent characters was wonderful.

  • Bill Sweet
    2019-05-04 12:08

    Just started delving into these Big Finish audios. Great! A great link between the old and new series, and featuring two really great performers. The age of radio drama is not past.

  • AnnaM
    2019-04-25 07:12

    Excellent and kind of spooky.