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- This page is solely for the "Harold Saxon" incarnation of the Master. For the other incarnations of the revival Master, see here: The Master (Modern Who).
|“||Haha! Hahaha! Hahaha! Now then, Doctor! Oh, new voice. Hello, hello. Hello! Anyway, why don't we stop and have a nice little chat while I tell you all my plans and you can work out a way to stop me? I don't think!||„|
|~ The "Saxon" incarnation's first words.|
|“||And so it came to pass... that the human race fell... and the Earth was no more. And I looked upon my new dominion as Master of all... and I thought it, good.||„|
|~ The Master as he unleashes the Toclafane on the Earth.|
|“||You see, Missy, this is where we've always been going. This is our perfect ending. We shoot ourselves in the back.||„|
|~ Harold Saxon after shooting Missy, also his last words.|
"Harold Saxon" is the overall 18th Incarnation of The Master and is the main antagonist in the Tenth Doctor's tenure on the revival series of Doctor Who, as well as the final antagonist of the Twelfth Doctor's tenure.
He appears as the main antagonist of Series 3, the central antagonist in the Tenth Doctor's finale special "The End of Time", and the main antagonist in Series 10. The "Harold Saxon" Master also appears alongside many of his other incarnations as a protagonist villain in the Big Finish audio drama "Masterful".
He is known for being unique amongst other incarnations of The Master due to his genuine hatred and disgust of The Doctor where other incarnations can at least tolerate or enjoy his presence, either for fun or due to lingeing feelings of friendship towards their old friend. He is also one of the most unhinged incarnations to date, likely due to the "never-ending drumbeat" he hears in his head.
He was portrayed by John Simm.
Unlike other incarnations in the Revival Series, the "Harold Saxon" Master is an unfathomably cruel, selfish psychopath with no redeeming qualities. After successfully conquering Earth, the Master orders the population to be decimated for no other reason than to satisfy his own violent impulses.
He was extremely vain and narcissistic, with the Tenth Doctor noting that he would never destroy himself, even if he could destroy the Earth with him. During the Year That Never Was, he had monuments of himself built all over Earth, and, according to Martha Jones, had even sculptured himself onto Mount Rushmore. He also used the Immortality Gate to turn the human race into duplicates of himself, which he dubbed the "Master Race", and also threatened to do the same to the Time Lords, even asserting that Rassilon "[would] [look] better as [him]."
"Harold Saxon"'s vanity was so vast that when the Tenth Doctor forgave him for his actions, the Master collapsed and wept out of shame. After he expressed revulsion at being "kept" by the Doctor, the Master was shot by Lucy and decided not to regenerate and die to spite the Doctor. He even killed Missy, his future incarnation, when she decided to help the Twelfth Doctor.
Newly regenerated into a younger body, the Master steals the Doctor's TARDIS, which he later even converts into a "Paradox Machine". But as the Doctor sabotages the TARDIS using his sonic screwdriver so he can only able to travel between Earth 2007 and the year 100 trillion, the Master assumes the identity Harold Saxon and makes his way to becoming England's Minister of Defence and later, Prime Minister.
As Harold Saxon, in The Sound of Drums, the Master secretly interfered with the Doctor and Martha's lives, for example, through the scientist Richard Lazarus, who made himself younger and mutated into a monster. From there, the Master uses the Doctor's TARDIS to recruit the Toclafane from Utopia, where they emerged from the last humans, as allies, having them kill one tenth of the world population, beginning his takeover of Earth. He holds the Doctor, aged by Lazarus' invention concentrated into a laser screwdriver, and Captain Jack captive, while only Martha is able to escape.
As seen in Last of the Time Lords, from that day onward, the Master rules Earth for a year, while turning whole nations into work-camps and bases for an enormous fleet of war rockets, planning a campaign to conquer the rest of the universe and establish a New Time Lord Empire. However, the Doctor reverses the events by the help of Martha, with the Master being shot by his wife Lucy Saxon and refusing to regenerate as his death is a small victory to emotionally hurt the Doctor. Though the Doctor cremates the Master's body on a pyre, his ring remains and is obtained by a coven loyal to him.
Creation of the "Master Race"
By Christmas 2010 in The End of Time, as the Ood foretold, the Master's coven conduct resurrects the Master at HMP Broadfell, where Lucy was incarcerated before she sacrifices herself to sabotage the ritual. However, it only revived the Master in failing body with a ravenous hunger.
Resorting to wandering the fringes of London and feeding on homeless people and those unlucky enough to encounter him while being pursued by the Doctor, learning the sound of the drums is a signal, the Master is eventually captured by billionaire Joshua Naismith in order to use his knowledge to repair an alien 'Immortality Gate' to make Naismith's daughter immortal. But the Master hijacks the device, using its original purpose as a planet-wide medical tool to overwrite the DNA of every human on Earth with his own and create a "Master Race".
Using his duplicates, the Master triangulates the signal to its source: the Time Lord President Rassilon, before obtaining an unique Gallifreyan diamond to create a link through which the Time Lords emerge. Though he intended to overwrite his DNA onto the Time Lord race, the Master's work on the human race is undone as he learns the truth that he was nothing more but a pawn in Rassilon's plan to destroy all creation so he and the other Time Lords can transcend into beings beyond time. When the Doctor destroys the link, the Master attacks Rassilon to save the Doctor in an act of revenge for a lifetime of manipulation, disappearing into Gallifrey with the other Time Lords in the process.
The Genesis of the Cybermen
After forcing Rassilon to remove the signal in his head, the Master left Gallifrey and wandered the universe in his TARDIS before he ended up on a Mondasian colony ship trapped in the gravity of a black hole. When his attempt to rule them did not work out, the Master decided to play a role in the genesis of the Cybermen before encountering the Twelfth Doctor, and would end up meeting a future female counterpart named "Missy".
At that time, the Doctor was testing Missy's reformation. Meanwhile, the Master decides to disguise as a Russian janitor named "Mr. Razor." He befriends Bill Potts (one of the Doctor's companions), only to betray her and have her converted into a Cyberman. He then turns Missy against the Doctor. As a result, Missy finds her loyalty torn between her former self and the Doctor.
In the end, having become disgusted by the Master's blatant sadism, Missy stabs the Master in the back. She then declares that she will join the Doctor and redeem herself. In order to prevent this from happening, the Master shoots Missy with his laser screwdriver at full power, disabling her ability to regenerate and seemingly killing her permanently. The Master then cackles and regenerates into his next incarnation, effectively ending the "Saxon" Master's life once and for all.
In the audio drama, the Master attempted to avoid his regeneration into Missy by preventing his death, he used the energies of Kiameth, creating an entropy wave to take over the universe and kill the Doctor, he then brought his past incarnations to Kiameth, meeting Missy. These events were undone when the "War" Master killed the "Saxon" Master and his past selves and letting the wave absorb Missy, having realized the entropy wave was their final incarnation.
- He is, so far, the only incarnation of the Master who has interacted with a future incarnation of himself on television. However, the Decayed Master interacted with the Alex Macqueen Master in the Big Finish audio The Two Masters.
- Coincedentally, this version of the Master is killed off by his own succeding incarnation on television, and later by his previous incarnation in Masterful.
- "Mister Saxon" is an anagram for this incarnation of the Master, "Master No. Six."
- The Master references his Tremas incarnation when he states: "Please attend carefully". Also, his Mr. Razor disguise is a reference to some of the Tremas Master's disguises. His beard in series 10 is also a homage to Ainley and Delgado's incarnations as stated by Simm.
- When Michelle Gomez became the Master, John Simm thought "That was that", he thought would not be portraying the Master any longer. However, he was later proven false, as stated in an interview. Furthermore, he later appeared in the 2021 audio drama Masterful.
- In Series 10, the John Simm's Master sports a goatee similar to that of Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley's incarnations.
- The Harold Saxon (John Simm) Master is seen as one of the most vile Masters.
- Although stories featuring multiple Masters at once has been depicted in other media such as comics and audio adventures, the series 10 two-part finale episodes "World Enough and Time" and "The Doctor Falls" is the first time in the history of the show in which multiple Masters have featured in the series proper. The episode featured the current incarnation Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Harold Saxon Master (John Simm).
- In the episode "The Final Game", The Master (in his thirteenth incarnation) was supposed to be revealed as the Doctor's dark side or his brother and he should die by sacrificing himself to save the Doctor. However, the episode was never made because the actor Roger Delgado died in a car accident in Turkey. Still the idea of a dark side of the Doctor was used for The Valeyard
- In the 2007 episode "The Sound of the Drums", the Tenth Doctor's companion Martha Jones asks him if the Master is an evil brother of his, in which the Doctor replies she has watched too much TV.
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