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A bad man goes to war! Sir Derek Jacobi plays the Master once again this December – only this time, he’s at the heart of the fighting. “I’m a full-blown villain now”, he tells DWM.
Stuart Manning’s cover artwork for The War Master: Only the Good.
Professor Yana (Derek Jacobi) remembers his true identity in Utopia (2007).

When we meet Sir Derek Jacobi in a London recording studio, it’s almost a decade since Utopia, his single-episode reign as the Master. “Is it really?” he marvels. “Of course, a part like that came out of left field for me. I never expected to be asked to be in Doctor Who, and it was a great thrill for me.”

It was a great thrill for the audience, too. For long-term fans, it was the triumphant return of one of the show’s greatest villains, while for a new generation of viewers it was a terrifying introduction to the existence of other Time Lords. Was Derek aware of the excitement at the time?

“People were surprised that I was playing the Master”, he says, nodding.

“I had several friends who, when I told them – and I didn’t know they were Doctor Who aficionados – practically screamed in ecstatic excitement, and asked me things like, ‘Do you actually say

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Doctor Who Magazine 519 has an exclusive interview David Bradley, who will play the First Doctor in this year's Christmas Special, 'Twice Upon a Time'. The contents of DWM 519 also include: • An interview with Sir Derek Jacobi who is returning as the Master for a new series of audio adventures • Interviews with Jared Garfield and Lily Travers who will play the First Doctor's companions Ben and Polly in the 2017 Christmas Special • A previously unpublished interview from 1997 with Michael Craze who played the original Ben • Costume designer Hayley Nebauer tells us how she created the First Doctor's 2017 look • A tribute to Trevor Martin who played the Doctor in the 1974 Doctor Who stage play 'Seven Keys to Doomsday' • Trevor Martin's final interview • Peter Purves and Matthew Waterhouse talk about recreating stories from the Doctor Who annuals • We celebrate Doctor Who's 54th birthday by looking at what else has happen on 23rd November over the years • Part One of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, 'he Phantom Piper', by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty • The Time Team share their thoughts on 2011's 'The Almost People' • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2007 story 'The Lazarus Experiment' • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, 'The Blogs of Doom', prize-winning competitions and much, much more!