The Master returns to war with a vengeance! Prepare to meet the brilliant cast and companions set to face their nemesis in The War Master: Killing Time
Due for release in August 2021, today the full cast is announced for a new box set of full-cast audio adventures from the world of Doctor Who. They join the previously announced Sir Derek Jacobi as the War Master, Katy Manning as Jo Jones, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and Alexandria Riley as Calantha in The War Master: Killing Time.
The cast is completed by –
- Ian Abeysekera (Valmont)
- Timothy Blore (Earl)
- Doña Croll (The Empress)
- Laura Doddington (Lady Sutlumu)
- Sarah Douglas (Mrs Mevel)
- Raj Ghatak (Second Vizier)
- Glen McCready (First Vizier)
- Francois Pandolfo (Officiencier)
- Prasanna Puwanarajah (Prince Gardam)
- Mali Ann Rees (Varnomium Computer)
- Harley Viveash (Waiter)
- Fanos Xenofós (Professor Merc-Hodden)
Manning and Sutton explained what it means to once again meet the evil Time Lord, who left such a mark on their characters’ lives, in his new incarnation. “What a Master to land me with!” says Manning of working with Sir Derek Jacobi. Having played the Doctor’s companion Jo Grant opposite Roger Delgado as the Master for three seasons of Doctor Who from 1971-1973, she’s also has a unique insight into the villain. “I thought Roger Delgado was pretty scary when he looked into my eyes, but Derek! He is so wonderfully nasty – I could feel his eyes burning through the glass in recording.”
“I had an extraordinary relationship with Roger as the Master,” she continues, “after he’d hypnotised me once and that was it, Jo thought ‘No, not again!’ She had a very interesting relationship with the Master, there was a sort of respectful fear of him, and he had a sort of a strange respect for her.
“It was rather exciting actually – instead of going back, I’ve gone forward and it’s upped the game a little bit more. He’s more dangerous and she’s older, and I’ve found the whole experience quite wonderful. And the honour of working with Sir Derek Jacobi – well, my career is complete now, there’s nothing else I need to do!”
“This has been a joy to do!”
Meanwhile Sarah Sutton reflects on the shadow the Master casts over the life of her character Nyssa in 80s Doctor Who. “It’s a long time since my character has been in contact with the Master,” she reveals, “and for Nyssa, of course, that’s a major part of who she is and why she is as she is – because of what the Master did to her father, it’s part of her history. So this has been such a joy to do, and I’m very, very happy that I had the chance to work with Derek – it’s just been marvellous!”
The War Master: Killing Time
For centuries, the Stagnant Protocol has been forgotten by the universe; an empire populated by a race that can never advance… a race the Master seeks to seize control of.
Unfortunately for him, he has a rival – Calantha – and she understands how to manipulate the system better than he could ever hope. His only chance of defeating her lies in the hands of some old acquaintances, whether they realise it or not.
The four episodes are:
- The Sincerest Form of Flattery by James Goss
- A Quiet Night In by Lou Morgan
- The Orphan by Lou Morgan
- Unfinished Business by James Goss
The War Master: Killing Time is available for pre-order as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (on CD at £24.99). It can also be pre-ordered as a digital download (at £19.99) from the Big Finish website.
Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering a bundle of both The War Master Series 5 and 6. They’re £48 as collector’s edition CD box sets or £39 as digital downloads.
Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded. They can also be played on the Big Finish app (for iOS and Android) from the release date.