Today is the day that Sir Derek Jacobi returns to war, as Big Finish release The War Master: Killing Time


The previously announced The War Master: Killing Time is out today. These full cast audio adventures feature the War Master (Sir Derek Jacobi) in his greatest battle yet. In it, he confronts his past in Doctor Who companions Jo Jones (Katy Manning) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton). And also face his present in rival Calantha (Alexandria Riley). The captivating cast includes Ian Abeysekera (Class), Timothy Blore (The Lone Centurion), Doña Croll (Torchwood), and Laura Doddington (Gallifrey). Meanwhile, Sarah Douglas (Superman II), Raj Ghatak (Ghosts), Glen McCready (Space: 1999), Francois Pandolfo (Torchwood) also appear. Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster), Harley Viveash (The Robots), Mali Ann Rees (Torchwood) and Fanos Xenofós (Blake’s 7) complete the cast.


Derek Jacobi and Sarah Sutton at the recording of Killing Time (c) Big Finish Doctor Who The War Master Nyssa of Traken
Derek Jacobi and Sarah Sutton at the recording of Killing Time (c) Big Finish

Director and producer Scott Handcock set the scene for Killing Time. “The Master meets his match in this latest box set… though not in the way you may be expecting. Not only does he come up against the deliciously manipulative Calantha, played by the incredible Alexandria Riley, but he also reunites with a couple of familiar faces from the Master’s long past.

“It was a joy to pit Jo and Nyssa against an old nemesis and an even greater thrill to have Katy Manning and Sarah Sutton in studio alongside the great Derek Jacobi. The scripts are superb, you really feel their history, and it really celebrates the Master’s wickedness in this anniversary year.

“And this won’t be the last of the War Master – we’ve been recording through lockdown – with plenty more adventures on the way!”


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

Doctor Who: 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 War Master: Killing Time is now available as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (on CD at £24.99) and 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 5-6 for £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. Factors beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded. Listeners can also play them on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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