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The article details The Master as depicted from "Modern Doctor Who" - which ran from 2005 to present , for information on The Master from the Classic Era of Doctor Who (1963 to 1989) see here.

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Hello, Missy. I'm the Master, and I'm very worried about my future. Give us a kiss.
~ The "Saxon" incarnation meeting the "Missy" incarnation.

The Master is a recurring antagonist in the Doctor Who revival series who is the archenemy and former friend of The Doctor. While still being the same character as the Classic Who versions these variations are vastly different from them. The character appeared as the main antagonist of series three, series eight, series ten (the Saxon incarnation) and series twelve, as well as being the central antagonist of the 2009 specials finale "The End of Time" and a supporting antagonist in series nine.

There have been four actors who have portrayed The Master in Modern Who. Sir Derek Jacobi, John Simm, Michelle Gomez (who also portrayed Madame Satan in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Sacha Dhawan (who also portrayed Steel Serpent in Marvel's Iron Fist). The younger version of the Master was played by the late William Hughes.

History

Beginning

The Master as a child.

The Master's madness begun at the age of eight when he was taken before Untempered Schism, a gap in the fabric of space and time, as part of a Time Lord initiation ceremony. Since then, the Master has been plagued by the four-beat sound of drums, believing them to be the "drums of war", and became into a would-be universal conqueror. Like the Doctor, he got his own TARDIS and continued doing evil until he met the Doctor again when he was already in his Twelfth incarnation.

Past

Main article: The Master (Classic Who)

War Master

The Master of Callous

to be added

As seen in Big Finish's UNIT story Cyber-Reality: Master of Worlds, the Master battled the Cybermen alongside Kate Stewart and UNIT, eventually returning to "the fray" of the war.

Rage of the Time Lords

to be added

Child

Main article: The Master (Child)At some point later in the Time War, the Master regenerated into a child's body. As seen in Titan Comics Eleventh Doctor run, this incarnation would ally with the War Doctor, until an attempt to flee the conflict resulted in him erasing himself in a paradox, leading him to revert his previous incarnation without any memory of this life.

Anti-Genesis

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Only the Good

The Master managed to retrieve his TARDIS on Gardezza while posing as the Doctor. Inside, he received a call to return to Gallifrey and left to answer it. Romana and Narvin sent the Master alongside Leela to interrogate Finnian Valentine, and said that they would pardon him for his crimes. during which he discovered Arcking had a power source that could fuel the Time Lords energy banks. On the way back to Gallifrey, the Master expelled Leela into the time vortex and headed to Arcking. Travelling to hospital planet Arcking multiple times, the Master attempted to possess an ancient power, known as the Heart. Here he met the pilot Cole Jarnish, and took him on as a companion.

After manipulating Cole to turn his life into a paradox, the Master travelled to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s, where he located a Time Lord repository and killed Cole. Using Cole's life as a paradox to power it, he took control of the Heavenly Paradigm, wanting to use it to end the War. The plan backfired, and the Master unintentionally caused both the Time Lords and Daleks to win several battles they had once lost. Because of this, he then saw the Dalek Emperor took control of "The Cruciform", the Master, horrified by the intensity of the the war, decided to flee, and remained ignorant of the war's outcome as he used a Chameleon Arch which stored his Time Lord nature and memories in a fob watch and allowed him to become biologically a human baby, in order to disguise himself.

"Harold Saxon"

Main article: The Master (Harold Saxon)

Shortly after returning to his original identity, the Master was forced to regenerate into a younger body. In 21st century England, the Master got himself elected as Prime Minister under the identity of Harold Saxon. He conquered Earth with the aid of the Toclafane, ruling it for a year, although his rule would be undone. After seemingly dying, the Master would be resurrected into a damaged body, and would take over the human race by turning them into his clones. This would lead him to interfere in the Time War. In a healed body the Master would travel the universe before becoming trapped on a Mondasian Colony Ship and confronted the Twelfth Doctor his future self.

Missy

Main article: The Master (Missy)

"O"

Main article: The Master (O)

Quotes

That is not my name! The Professor... was an invention! So perfect to disguise that I forgot who I am. I am the Master.
~ The "Yana" Master
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Killed by an insect... a girl! How inappropriate. Still... if the Doctor can be young and strong... than so can I. The Master reborn!
~ The "Yana" Master's last words.
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" Master's introduction.
End of the Universe! Have fun! Bye bye!
~ The "Saxon" Master
So it came to pass, that the human race fell... and the Earth was no more. And I looked down upon my new dominion, as Master of all. And I thought it... good.
~ The Master, after his successful subjugation of Earth.
Will it stop, Doctor? The drumming? Will it stop?
~ The Master's last words.
Because it's funny! Don't you see? Look at me! I'm splitting my sides! I am hilarious! I am the funniest thing in the whole wide world!
~ The Master after his resurrection.
You did this to me! All of my life! You made me! ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!
~ The Master, redeeming himself by attacking Rassilon, shouting the drum beats in his head that drove him insane.
Please try to keep up. Short for Mistress. Well, I couldn't very well keep calling myself the Master, now could I?
~ Missy revealing herself to be the Master to the Twelfth Doctor.
Doctor, I did say 'Look for the spymaster' – or should I say, Spy… Master!
~ O revealing himself to be the Master to the Thirteenth Doctor.
If you're seeing this you've been to Gallifrey. When I said someone did that obviously I meant I did. I had to make them pay for what I discovered. They lied to us the founding fathers of Gallifrey. Everything we were told was a lie. We are not who we think, you or I. The whole existence of our species built on the lie of the timeless child. Do you see it? It's buried deep in all our memories in our identity. I'd tell you more but why would I make it easy for you? It wasn't for me.
~ The Master reveals that he was the one who destroyed Gallifrey before explaining why he did it.

Trivia

  • Many producers have compared the relationship between The Doctor and The Master as something comparable to that of James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes.
  • 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.
  • The Master is the first Time Lord to change gender via regeneration on screen. However the previous episode 'The Doctor's Wife' mentioned a Time-Lord named The Corsair who was also said to have done this.
  • 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 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.

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