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AUDIO DRAMA

The Master (Derek Jacobi) encounters the Ood in The Master of Callous. Art by Lee Binding.

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Written by JAMES GOSS, GUY ADAMS

STARRING

The Master Derek Jacobi

The Ood Silas Carson

Cassandra King Maeve Bluebell Wells

Martine King Samantha Béart

Elliot King Simon Ludders

Teremon Pippa Haywood

Herschel David Menkin

Jaques Barnaby Edwards

Sassanby Richard Earl

Porrit Kai Owen

Calia Joe Shire

Mother Angela Bruce

First Soldier Wilf Scolding

Second Soldier Tom Forrister

The War Master:The Master of Callous

Derek Jacobi is back as the Master – the Doctor’s childhood friend turned nemesis – in the second series of Big Finish’s The War Master. This period of the character’s life is defined by a conflict between the Time Lords and Daleks, but The Master of Callous takes place on a mining planet far away from the Time War.

“The colony of Callous is failing”, explains James Goss, who shares the writing credit with Guy Adams. “Its founder finds himself crippled by debt.

He’s paid an extortionate sum for the planet’s mineral rights, but every attempt to work the mine ends in tragedy and failure.”

“This family-run mine slaves away trying to earn money, while the corrupt governor keeps siphoning of every possible credit”, adds Guy. “It seems there is no way that they can ever change that life – this mine weighing them down until the day they die.”

“As the years pass”, says James, “the colonists find themselves starving and miserable – trapped on a dying world, bitterly resentful of the founder’s family.

There’s death spreading among them, and the colony’s Ood servants seem to be hearing voices. There’s something calling to them from the mine.”

Derek Jacobi’s incarnation of the Master first appeared in Utopia (2007).

”This is a Master who doesn’t kill for fun. This is a Master who doesn’t do anything without good reason.” GUY ADAMS

“And then someone turns up who has a lot of good advice, a lot of help that they can offer”, says Guy. “And maybe he can show a way that everyone can become very rich. He’s a lovely, wise, kindly man called the Master…”

Derek Jacobi’s version of the character appeared just once on screen (in 2007’s Utopia), but has become a regular on audio following the first instalment of The War Master: 2017’s Only the Good.

“When creating that first box set, it was a significant note from [director and producer] Scott Handcock that he should be the master manipulator”, says Guy.

“What makes this Master interesting is that he is, in many ways, far gentler than some of the representations of the Master you’ve seen on screen. Both James and I really loved the idea of him being this quiet Iago that whispers his way through a story – appearing utterly benign, benevolent and kindly, and yet slowly but surely moving pieces into play. This is a Master who doesn’t kill for fun. This is a Master who doesn’t do anything without good reason.”

“He’s so avuncular and genial”, agrees James. “He’s everyone’s best friend, he’s their confessor, he’s their advisor. And he’s so silken and charming that it’s easy to forget that it’s all an act, and that he’s constantly working towards his own ends.”

The Master of Callous pairs him with the aforementioned slave race introduced in The Impossible Planet (2006). “I thought the Ood would be a fascinating thing to pitch against the Master”, says Scott, “because it’s been established that they fall under people’s suggestive influence quite easily.”

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MANDIP GILL IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DWM! Doctor Who Magazine 532 also includes: • An in-depth look at Series 11's ratings • Previews of the final four episodes of Series 11 • DWM attends the unveiling of the waxwork Jodie Whittaker at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool • The second part in a series of features looking at the evolution of the TARDIS • Tips on how to cosplay the members of Team TARDIS from Doctor Who's costume designer Ray Holman • Bernard Cribbins answers questions from our TARDIS tin • Key members of Doctor Who's current production team describe their roles • Part Two of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches the Thirteenth Doctor's first episodes • An interview with David Solomons, author of The Secret in Vault 13 • DWM's reviews of Rosa, Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum • A preview of the Season 19 Blu-ray, audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!