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Doctor Who: Derek Jacobi Returns As The Master For Big Finish

Big Finish has announced today that Sir Derek Jacobi will be reprising his role as the Master for a new series of audio dramas.

Set in the days of the devastating Time War, Doctor Who: The War Master will follow the exploits of Sir Derek’s War Master before the events of the 2007 Doctor Who episode Utopia, which featured the renowned actor’s first and only televised appearance as the Master ten years ago today.

Sir Derek says of his return to Doctor Who:

“I didn’t expect to come back to it 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 dramatic, and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!”

Producer and director of the new audio series Scott Handcock says:

“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!”

Doctor Who: The War Master features four new audio dramas from acclaimed Doctor Who writers Nicholas Briggs, James Goss and Guy Adams, as well as new writing talent from Janine H Jones:

1. Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs

On the ocean planet Gardezza, deep beneath the Viscoid, a mysterious capsule is recovered from the Time War, and an equally mysterious stranger found within. The Doctor’s reputation precedes him, even here… but can he be trusted?

2. The Good Master by Janine H Jones

The Time War rages around Arcking – a planet serving as a sanctuary for the sick and injured. But Arcking is protected by a mysterious, powerful force: a force the Master will stop at nothing to harness… even if time itself is against him.

3. The Sky Man by James Goss

When his new companion decides to save a planet, the Master indulges this most futile of requests. Materialising on a primitive, agrarian world, both the strangers quickly find their place in it… until fallout from the War invades their happy paradise.

4. The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams

With his plans approaching fruition, the Master travels to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s: a location he believes might hold the key to his success. But what terrible secret lurks under the stairs of No. 24 Marigold Lane? And what sacrifices will the Master make in the name of ultimate victory?

Sir Derek Jacobi is not the only former Master confirmed to be returning to Doctor Who this year, with John Simm’s incarnation set to be making an appearance alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor later this series. Michelle Gomez, meanwhile, recently revealed that she will soon be leaving her role as Missy, the current female incarnation of the Master.

Doctor Who: The War Master is now available to pre-order from Big Finish on CD and digital download ahead of its December release.

[Source: Big Finish]