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Doctor Who: what next for Missy and the Master?

Mark Harrison Jul 3, 2017

After the Doctor Who series 10 finale, what might be the future of the Master's character? Spoilers...

This feature contains spoilers for Series 10 of Doctor Who, including The Doctor Falls, from the very beginning.

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Peoples of the universe, please attend carefully. In life, nothing is certain but death, taxes and the Master coming back to Doctor Who every once in a while. First appearing in 1971's Terror Of The Autons, Roger Delgado's original incarnation even appeared in every single story of the eighth season, with various nefarious schemes designed to threaten or simply annoy the Doctor.

Over the rest of the classic series, he menaced later Doctors as the decrepit Peter Pratt, the full-on Kentucky fried Geoffrey Beevers, the wry, murderous Anthony Ainley and the 90s action movie baddy Eric Roberts. He was a master of disguise,
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Take A (Master) Class In Doctor Who History With This New Promo

With John Simm having made his return to Doctor Who for the first time since 2010 in last week’s episode “World Enough and Time,” it seems like an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the long history of the Doctor’s nemesis the Master, doesn’t it?

The short video you’ll see above runs through the Master’s many regenerations at a rather quick pace. If you need some reminding, the uber-villain has gone through seven different incarnations over the decades. First, there was Roger Delgado (1971-73), followed by a horribly disfigured version (Peter Pratt, 1976; Geoffrey Beevers, 1981) and then there was Anthony Ainley (1981-89). The one-off Doctor Who: The Movie featured Eric Roberts as the Master in 1997 before the revived series cast Derek Jacobi in 2007. John Simm then took over, followed by Michelle Gomez in 2014.

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Doctor Who Season 10 Finale Contains Tribute To The Masters Of The Classic Series

Is there anything that pleases Doctor Who fans more than a nod to the show’s illustrious history? If not, then this season has been one of the best fan-pleasing runs of the show. In the last two episodes alone, we have the return of the original design of the Cybermen – last seen in 1966 – and a comeback for John Simm’s Master.

While it’s great to see the actor back in the role, his return has also allowed him to pay tribute to the Masters of the classic series, specifically Roger Delgado (1971-74) and Anthony Ainley (1981-89). Both actors sported a traditional villainous goatee beard, which Simm was keen to bring back here.

He explained the following to Doctor Who Magazine (via DoctorWho.TV):

“Yeah, I just grew it, and turned up at the readthrough, and said, ‘You know, I fancy a bit of this,’ and Steven [Moffat, showrunner] was like,
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Doctor Who series 10: World Enough And Time geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 24, 2017

Spoilers ahoy, as we dig through the many callbacks and references in World Enough And Time...

This article contains lots and lots of Doctor Who spoilers.

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Pain… Pain… Pain… That’s one of the main emotions I experienced while watching this week’s (rather excellent) Doctor Who, as I knew this weekly round-up of references, similarities and generally interesting ‘stuff’ was going to be a whopper. That doesn’t mean I haven’t missed anything, though, so if you spot something I’ve not mentioned, do the honourable thing and leave it in the comments section below...

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So, Genesis Of The Cybermen, then. In case you missed the episode’s biggest sledgehammer of a reference,
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The Master Returns In New Trailer And Clip For This Week’s Doctor Who

It’s the moment that fans have been waiting for ever since it was announced three months ago; John Simm’s Master is about to return to Doctor Who! In this week’s episode, titled “World Enough and Time,” the Doctor and his friends Bill and Nardole have a lot on their plate as they have to deal with two versions of the Master and some old-school Cybermen.

As you can see in the trailer above, the next outing for the show will be set on a space station that’s somehow defying the laws of gravity and flying away from a black hole. Following on from her apparent rehabilitation in the past few episodes, the Doctor will take Missy out on a test drive to see if she can actually do some good. Furthermore, there’s also a glimpse of the original incarnation of the Cybermen, returning to the
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Doctor Who series 10: The Eaters Of Light geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 17, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 episode 10 is The Eaters Of Light. And we've been digging into it right here...

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve waited for 54 years for Doctor Who to explain why crows sound like they do, so now that they’ve finally tackled that important issue it’s time for our weekly round-up of callbacks, similarities and generally interesting things taken from this week’s episode. And as ever, if you’re sitting thinking ‘How can he have missed that?!’ (the answer is usually ‘ineptitude’), leave it down in the comments below…

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The Eaters Of Light was written by Rona Munro, an award-winning Scottish writer responsible for films including Aimee & Jaguar and Oranges And Sunshine, as well as a multitude of theatre works.
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Doctor Who: Extremis geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017

The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t,
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Doomwatch: revisiting a UK 'sci-fact' classic




Ground-breaking, intelligent, prescient 1970s drama Doomwatch, now out on DVD, is a British television classic...

Playing on the public's fear that 'this could actually happen', Doomwatch had a veneer of credibility unusual in the escapist television drama landscape of the late 60s/early 70s. This spring sees the most comprehensive haul of Doomwatch episodes released on DVD for the first time. The nickname for the "Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work", the series first appeared on BBC1 on Monday 9th February 1970 at 9.40pm. It followed half an hour of comedy from Kenneth Williams, which must have surely heightened its dramatic impact.

The series would run in tandem with the early Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who; the first episode made its debut two days after part two of Doctor Who And The Silurians. The two shows undoubtedly shared a synergy of ideas - not to mention cast and crew.
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New Who Review: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar

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“If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you, and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives…could you then kill that child?”

It’s a classic philosophical question, one that the average person would never truly have to face. Of course, The Doctor is not the average person, and as such, has to face it nearly constantly. But never so personally, and so literally as when a young boy calls for help…and The Doctor walks away.

The Magician’S Apprentice / The Witch’S Familiar

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Hettie MacDonald

The Doctor lands on a planet torn asunder by war, a war going on so long that it’s using progressively declining technology – space fighters are being shot at with bows and arrows. When a young boy is trapped in a mine field,
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Doctor Who: geeky spots in The Magician's Apprentice

Spoilers: here are our viewing notes for Doctor Who series 9 episode 1, The Magician's Apprentice. There's a lot to spot...

When a show has over 50 years of history, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with all the continuity, callbacks and generally geeky references. Which is why, for series 9 (or series 35), we're trying this extra weekly feature of, effectively, viewing notes.

Which is fortunate because, as you might expect, The Magician’s Apprentice contained more than its fair share of these. Here are the ones we found; if you noticed something we haven’t, feel free to add it in the comments!

This is a very spoiler-heavy article. Thus, we've deployed our spoiler squirrel - Daphne - to stop your eyes accidentally drifting to the text of the article if you want to be spoiler-free. Scroll below Daphne at your peril...

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The Doctor and the Master: the history of a friendship

As the Doctor Who series 9 premiere approaches, we look back on the complex lifelong friendship between the Doctor and the Master...

You can never tell what your childhood friends will become. My best friend from Primary School is now an industrial designer, but that destiny wasn’t clear from our childhood activities of making a giant dartboard out of mud and attempting to complete Sonic 2 in under an hour.

Likewise, when the Master played with the Doctor on his Father’s estates, he probably didn’t know that his schoolfriend would ultimately become one of the most important beings in the universe, and that he would spend most of his life desperately attempting to attract his attention with a series of elaborate schemes.

‘You could almost say we were at school together’, said the Third Doctor, perhaps insulting Jo Grant over her lack of ability with the English language, but
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Reviewed – Mythmakers #116: Anthony Ainley

Tony Jones is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Mythmakers #116 is a new title (released February 2015) by Reeltime Pictures available through their Time Travel TV site. It is a 60 minute interview with Anthony Ainley recorded during a 2000 interview at an event in Sheffield by the Galaxy 4 shop. The video has a brief introduction from Nick Briggs, but the feature itself (shot from...

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Is This the “Average” Face of the Master?

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Prepared to be a little bit freaked out! Dave Clipson, whose name was officially crowned the Perfect Name For YouTube late last year, has morphed together the faces of the Masters – the in-canon ones anyway. He starts with Roger Delgado, adds in some Anthony Ainley, has a bucket full of Eric Roberts, a dash...

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The Inevitable Return – Missy Stars In Doctor Who Premiere

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We knew she’d be back – Michelle Gomez said she’d be back, we just didn’t know how soon she’d be back. Well, now we know – Missy (Aka The Master) will make her return in the series premiere of Doctor Who later in 2015.

The two-part episode, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink, the Hugo Award-winning Doctor Who episode).

Michelle Gomez is the latest of a long line of actors to play The Doctor greatest nemesis. Starting with Roger Delgado in the early Pertwee years, The Master has plagued The Doctor almost constantly, through a number of regenerations and forms. The latest twist was the reveal that the latest regeneration left The master a woman, played by Michelle Gomez.

Jemma Redgrave will also return as The
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Myth Makers: Tom Baker & Anthony Ainley on DVD

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

All the way in 1984, an independent VHS company, Reeltime Pictures began releasing interviews with some of the people who made Doctor Who. It began with Michael Wisher, who appeared in various serials but is most notable as Davros in Genesis of the Daleks, and the range further expanded to include stars like Michael Craze, Sylvester McCoy,...

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Madhouse, The Land That Time Forgot & Deranged Blu-rays Announced by Kino Lorber

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Paul Toombes has played a horror movie antagonist for years, but the wicked ways of his onscreen persona are now trickling into his real life world in 1974’s Madhouse. In 1975’s The Land That Time Forgot, World War I-era castaways wash ashore on Caprona, a place where dinosaurs still stomp the scenery. And in similar fashion to Psycho‘s Norman Bates, Ezra Cobb kills people with his mother in mind in 1974’s Deranged. Kino Lorber recently announced that they are bringing these three diverse films out on Blu-ray in the near future, and we have the trio’s release details for those interested in making them new additions to their collections.

Madhouse: Featuring a fresh HD master, Madhouse will hit Blu-ray in July. Bonus features and the cover art have not been revealed yet. Directed by Jim Clark, Madhouse stars Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, and Adrienne Corri.

Synopsis: “Masters of macabre Vincent Price,
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Learn About Anthony Ainley with The Man Behind The Master

Jonathan Appleton is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Coming soon from Fantom Films, The Man Behind The Master will be the first full-length biography of Anthony Ainley, who played the Doctor’s nemesis from 1981-89. Karen Louise Hollis’s book , due to be released in May, will explore Ainley’s career both as the Master and prior to that in the many roles he played on...

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21 Doctor Who stories better than their reputation suggests

From the Macra to The Mysterious Planet, Andrew finds the gold in oft-unloved Doctor Who episodes from across the decades...

For the show's fiftieth anniversary, Doctor Who Magazine ran a new poll ranking the 241 stories up to and including The Time Of The Doctor. The Twin Dilemma came last again, having done so in 2009 survey, and though it does have many faults, it isn't completely bad. Colin Baker blazes his way haughtily through it, and the story noticeably lacks energy when he's off screen. Perhaps it might have been marginally better just to have had the Sixth Doctor and Peri go to a Little Chef so he could complain about the service.

In the lower half of the poll (compiled by people rating all the stories out of ten) are some pretty good stories, or at least ones that arguably don't deserve to be there. We've therefore compiled a list
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Funny Girl review Nick Hornby channels the 1960s

Miss Blackpool 1964 is the star of a fictional sitcom in Hornbys new novel, which pays homage to televisions golden years

In the first half of the 1960s, television seemed briefly to hold out the promise of what Dennis Potter called a common culture that might slice through all the tedious hierarchies of the printed word. Seven out of 10 homes now had a TV set and, with only two channels, it could bring the nation together in front of it. Under a risk-taking director general, Hugh Carleton Greene, the BBC emerged from its post-itv existential crisis with programmes such as That Was the Week That Was, ZCars and The Wednesday Play that surfed the waves of social change.

Nick Hornbys novel is about a fictional TV show from this era. Barbara (and Jim), a sitcom about a young, metropolitan, married couple, first airs in December 1964 in the early days of the
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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat discusses where next for Missy

We might not have seen the last of Missy in Doctor Who, according to Mr Steven Moffat

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who episodes Dark Water and Death In Heaven.

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Michelle Gomez fans, rejoice – we may not have seen the last of Missy after all.

It may not come as a complete surprise, but it seems the ever-teasing Steven Moffat hasn’t ruled out a return for The Master’s new female form.

The hows and whys? Moffat is taking some inspiration from the classic years on that front, it would seem.

“I always rather enjoyed how they handled this problem when the wonderful Anthony Ainley was playing the part in the 80s,
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