Big Finish have unveiled further details of their upcoming celebration of 50 years of the Master, Doctor Who: Masterful, plus an exclusive scene via their social media channels

Doctor Who: Masterful is due for release on 2nd January 2021, marking exactly 50 years to the day since Roger Delgado made his debut appearance as the Doctor’s best enemy, the Master, in ‘Terror of the Autons’.

Masterful will be a celebration of the mischief and madness of the Master across all their incarnations. Among the cast are be several actors who have previously portrayed the Time Lord both on and off-screen, including Geoffrey Beevers, Mark Gatiss, Michelle Gomez, Derek Jacobi, Alex MacQueen, Milo Parker, Eric Roberts and John Simm.

They’ll be joined by a guest cast which includes Jon Culshaw as Kamelion, Katy Manning as Jo Grant, along with Abigail McKern, Aurora Burghart and Zaqi Ismail.

Script Editor Matt Fitton has said:

“Because we’re also celebrating the first appearance of Roger Delgado’s Master, we wondered how we could represent that era and Jo Grant sprang to mind – she also first appeared in Terror of the Autons. So we asked Katy Manning if she’d like to be involved as well and she said yes, which is great. 

Big Finish – Doctor Who: Masterful – Jon Culshaw and Katy Manning

“We also thought about other tools the Master has used over the years and it made sense to include Kamelion. We were delighted that Jon Culshaw agreed to play that role and, through him, we were able to channel the Anthony Ainley Master – among other surprise guests!”

An exclusive scene starring Mark Gatiss and Jon Culshaw is available to listen to now via Big Finish‘s Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube channels.

The box-set edition of Masterful contains:

Discs 1-3: Masterful by James Goss

Disc 4: MasterfulBehind the Scenes

Disc 5: Doctor Who – Short Trips: I Am The Master by Geoffrey Beevers and Short Trips: The Switching by Simon Guerrier (both previously available on download only)

Discs 6-8: Doctor Who: Terror of the Master by Trevor Baxendale, a brand new, narrated audiobook featuring the Third Doctor, the Master and UNIT. 

Writer Trevor Baxendale has said:

“I approached Terror of the Master as a Target novelisation – it’s about the same length – of a six-part TV story we never saw. But then it’s also satisfying to up the ante just a little – I gave the Doctor and the Brigadier an exciting car chase through London, with hitmen on motorbikes and bullets flying, which wouldn’t have been achievable for the programme on TV. 

“Similarly, it’s nice to give them a few quieter moments together, to show just how fond of each other they are by this stage – even though neither of them would admit it.”

Doctor Who: Masterful is available to pre-order now as a limited-edition 8-CD box set (priced at £44.99) or as a download (priced at £39.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Please note the box set edition is limited to 3,000 copies only. 

Big Finish – Doctor Who: Masterful (Cover)

The standard edition of Masterful (featuring only the content of discs 1-3) is also available to pre-order now, on CD (priced at £24.99) or as a download (priced at £19.99) via the Big Finish website.

DOCTOR WHO: MASTERFUL

Duration: 480 minutes approx. (limited edition) 180 minutes approx. (standard edition)

Released: 02 January 2021, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Written by: James Goss

Script Editor: Matt Fitton

Music: Joe Kraemer

Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Please note that in early 2021 Big Finish will be operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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