Coming in January 2021, marking the 50th anniversary of the Master’s first appearance in Doctor Who, Masterful is a deluxe limited edition 8-disc audio adventure from Big Finish Productions in association with BBC Studios.

In his Big Finish debut, actor John Simm will reprise the role of the Master in Doctor Who: Masterful. Simm originally played the character on television in 2007 (and, most recently, in World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls, opposite Peter Capaldi).

Doctor Who: Masterful – Glen McCready, Toby Robinson, John Simm, Derek Jacobi, Aurora Burghart, Ken Bentley (c) Big Finish

Doctor Who: Masterful, written by James Goss, will also feature a huge cast of evil incarnations of the renegade Time Lord, including actors Geoffrey Beevers, Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi, Alex MacQueen, Milo Parker and Eric Roberts as previous incarnations of the evil Time Lord. Plus, of course, no reunion of Masters would be complete without Missy, the most recent incarnation, as played by Michelle Gomez.

Masterful will be released in January 2021, marking half a century since the Master’s screen debut in Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons.

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John Simm said, “It’s a real honour to play this character: the nemesis of the Doctor. He’s everything the Doctor is but he’s evil. And it’s been great recording with Big Finish. You don’t get bored, it’s fantastic. It’s fun. It went really quickly. And I got to work with Derek Jacobi.

Producer David Richardson added, “It was all Jason Haigh-Ellery’s idea. ‘We should do a special for the 50th anniversary of the Master in 2021,’ he said, and I leapt at the chance to produce it. James Goss was the perfect choice as writer – we knew he’d offer something as entertaining as it was dark, as imaginative as it was thrilling – and he hasn’t let us down!

But my first port of call was securing the talents of our Masters (and Missy) – many of them had worked for us before, but for John Simm this was his Big Finish debut. They say never meet your heroes, but they’re wrong. I had one of the best days of my life in studio with Sir Derek Jacobi and John Simm, towering actors and simply two of the warmest, loveliest human beings you could ever hope to spend time with. This may be a line-up of pure, unadulterated evil – but behind every sinister smile there’s a lovely actor we’re blessed to work with!

Cover Artwork

The spectacular cover artwork for Masterful, the special audio adventure commemorating 50 years of the Doctor’s best enemy, has been unveiled!

Doctor Who: Masterful – slipcase (c) Big Finish

Synopsis

The Master’s finally done it. He’s won. He summons his other selves to a celebration of his ultimate victory. And they come – from across time and dimensions. But he’s forgotten to invite someone. And Missy’s not happy.

Has the Master really conquered the universe? Or has something more awful been unleashed? Something that even all the Masters cannot stop?

Missy is determined to reveal the truth. Because one fact about the Master’s existence never changes. No-one can trust the Master. Not even the Master.

Doctor Who: Masterful – cover artwork (c) Big Finish

Doctor Who: Masterful limited edition 8 CD box set

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

  • Discs 1-3: Masterful
  • Disc 4: MasterfulBehind the Scenes
  • Disc 5: Doctor Who – Short Trips: I Am The Master and Short Trips: The Switching (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.

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

Doctor Who: Masterful standard edition 3 CD set

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

  • Discs 1-3: Masterful

Doctor Who: Masterful is now available to pre-order as a limited edition 8 CD box set (priced at £44.99) or on download (at £39.99), or standard edition 3 CD set (priced at £24.99) or on download (at £19.99) from the Big Finish website.

Please note that Big Finish is currently 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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