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The Masters United – John Simm Appears in Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Masterful

January 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Master’s first appearance in Doctor Who, and Big Finish Productions is releasing Doctor Who: Masterful a deluxe limited edition 8-disc audio adventure. Actor John Simm will reprise the role of the Master alongside Geoffrey Beevers, Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi, Alex MacQueen, Milo Parker and Eric Roberts. Plus, this Masterful reunion wouldn’t be complete without a Missy as Michelle Gomez also returns.

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 a 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 a 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 the 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!”

Doctor Who: Masterful is written by James Goss and features Geoffrey Beevers, Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi, John Simm, Alex MacQueen, Milo Parker, Eric Roberts and of course, Michelle Gomez

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) at the Big Finish website.



  • Released: January 2021, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
  • Director: Ken Bentley
  • Producer: David Richardson
  • Written by: James Goss
  • Script Editor: Matt Fitton
  • Music: Joe Kraemer
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery



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