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.

 

Francois Pandolfo (Officiencier), Alexandria Riley (Calantha), Laura Doddington (Sutlumu), Derek Jacobi (The Master) and Raj Ghatak (Second Vizier) (c) Big Finish Doctor Who The Master The War Master Killing Time
Francois Pandolfo (Officiencier), Alexandria Riley (Calantha), Laura Doddington (Sutlumu), Derek Jacobi (The Master) and Raj Ghatak (Second Vizier) (c) Big Finish
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!”

 

Katy Manning recording The War Master: Killing Time (c) Big Finish Productions Jo Grant Jo Jones Doctor Who
Katy Manning recording The War Master: Killing Time (c) Big Finish Productions

“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. Cover by Tom Webster (c) Big Finish Productions Derek Jacobi Doctor Who Jo Grant Katy Manning Nyssa of Traken Sarah Sutton
The War Master: Killing Time. Cover by Tom Webster (c) Big Finish Productions

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.

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Peter is a regular contributor to Blogtor Who and has also written for Doctor Who Magazine's Cosplay feature. His art was published in BBC Books' Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures, while a number of his essays appear in the You and Who series of books. He lives in Ireland with a wife who's remarkably understanding of being dragged across to the UK to take photos of him outside police boxes and a son who was plonked down in front of "Rose" at eight months old and hasn't looked back since.

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