There is another exciting Master release today.  The War Master: Anti-Genesis, starring the Master (Sir Derek Jacobi) and the Master (Mark Gatiss) as two generations face off against each other in a story that journeys back in time to the birth of the Daleks, on the planet Skaro. 

The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Sir Derek Jacobi
The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Sir Derek Jacobi

The War Master: Anti-Genesis

In a Time War, there is a crime that not even the Daleks would dare consider. But the Master has more than considered – and he is ready to commit.When his TARDIS returns to Gallifrey carrying his corpse, a chain of events ensues that will change established history. Old friendships will be destroyed and dark alliances formed, as the Master exploits a terrifying truth.

Even for the two most powerful races, time can be rewritten.

The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Mark Gatiss (the Alternative Master)
The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Mark Gatiss (the Alternative Master)

The boxset features two new stories from Nicholas Briggs who always has an unique take on the Doctor’s most feared enemy.  Briggs explained:“It was great to be in the position of devising the box set, script editing it, writing half of it, with my much-loved friend and colleague Alan Barnes handling the other half, and then actually getting to be in the studio, playing the Daleks opposite Sir Derek Jacobi. What’s not to love about a job like that?”\

But this boxset is focused on the Master and having two versions of the same evil Time Lord portrayed by Jacobi and Gatiss is a treat to write about as Briggs elaborates: “I find it fascinating to delve into the Master’s motives during the Time War. He always wants to control and be sitting on the throne of whatever he sees. So I devised his ultimate strategy for ultimate victory. The ramifications of that make for a mind-bendingly entertaining yarn, as the Master finds himself in a win-win situation. In Doctor Who, the baddies always get defeated. So what’s it like for a baddy to win? What exactly happens next?

The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Seán Carlsen (Narvin), Derek Jacobi (The Master) and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)
The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Seán Carlsen (Narvin), Derek Jacobi (The Master) and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)

This is another epic story and director Scott Handcock is thrilled with the results.  “It’s a massive storyline – as you’d come to expect from Nicholas Briggs and Alan Barnes – bursting with ideas, brought to life by a phenomenal cast and crew. Is this the end for the War Master? Think again.” 

“It’s been two years since we resurrected the Derek Jacobi incarnation of the Master, and since then he’s taken control of a colony of Ood and faced off against the Eighth Doctor. Now, he’s back, and interfering in the genesis of the Daleks themselves – with appearances from Gallifrey fan-favouriteNarvin (played by Seán Carlsen), and even the Doctor Who Unbound alternative universe Master, played by the incomparable Mark Gatiss.

The War Master previous three outiing were a delight and we are looking forward to this latest version released today from Big Finish.

The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Franchi Webb (Lamarius), Christopher Harper (Kaled Guard), Jordan Renzo (Insloy), Seán Carlsen (Narvin), Gavin Swift (Crazlus), Derek Jacobi (The Master) and Ben Crystal (Soogasor)
The War Master: Anti-Genesis: Franchi Webb (Lamarius), Christopher Harper (Kaled Guard), Jordan Renzo (Insloy), Seán Carlsen (Narvin), Gavin Swift (Crazlus), Derek Jacobi (The Master) and Ben Crystal (Soogasor)

The War Master: Anti-Genesis

From the Flames by Nicholas Briggs

After the Master’s TARDIS returns his remains to Gallifrey, in accordance with his final wishes, an intricate plot begins to change the nature of the universe forever.  But even in death the Master threatens life. And only CIA Coordinator Narvin can hope to stop him.

The Master’s Dalek Plan by Alan Barnes

As the Master infiltrates the Kaled scientific elite, the Time Lords seek to counter his interference. But while Narvin and President Livia try to stabilise the past, a new and horrifying future dawns in the wastelands of ancient Skaro.

Shockwave by Alan Barnes

With all known history threatened, the Daleks take desperate action to preserve their established legacy. When they cross dimensions to recruit an alternative incarnation of the Master, an uneasy alliance is formed … But can either side truly trust the other?

He Who Wins by Nicholas Briggs

The Master has achieved an ultimate victory. But at what cost?

  • Theme Music: Ioan Morris
  • Written by: Nicholas Briggs, Alan Barnes
  • Director: Scott Handcock
  • Producer: Scott Handcock
  • Senior Producer: David Richardson
  • Script Editors: Scott Handcock, Nicholas Briggs
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
  • Duration: 300 minutes approx.

Released: 17 December 2019, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

PRICING: CD £22.99 (collector’s edition box set) / Digital £19.99 (download) from www.bigfinish.com

The first three series in The War Master range – Only the GoodThe Master of Callous and Rage of the Time Lords – are available from Big Finish Productions at £34.99 each for the collector’s edition CD box set or £29.99 for the digital download.  All four series at just £90 for the collector’s edition CD box set or £80 for the digital download.

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