THE MASTER YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER

 EVER SINCE HE FIRST APPEARED IN TERROR OF THE AUTONS AND BECAME THE BANE OF THE THIRD DOCTOR’S EXISTENCE, THE MASTER IS SYNOMINOUS WITH THE WORD DOCTOR WHO.

ORIGINALLY DESIGNED AS THE DOCTOR’S VERSION OF MORIARTY, THE MASTER AND THE DOCTOR HAD A HISTORY LONG BEFORE THEIR TELEVISION ADVENTURES.

A FELLOW TIMELORD, THEY WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER AND IN THE END OF TIME WE LEARNED THEY KNEW EACH OTHER PRESCHOOL AND USED TO PLAY IN THE GROUNDS OF THE MASTER’S FATHER’S ESTATE.

WHY THEY FELL OUT AND BECAME MORTAL ENEMIES WAS EXPLORED IN THE MISSING ADVENTURES NOVEL THE DARK PATH WHERE THE SECOND DOCTOR CAME ACROSS HIS OLD FRIEND AND GAVE MORE DEPTH TO THEIR REALTIONSHIP.

OVER THE YEARS, THE MASTER HAS BEEN CENTRE OF SOME OF THE BEST STORIES EVER AND THERE WAS A PLAN TO KILL HIM OFF AS THE CHARACTER HAD BECOME OVERUSED. UNFORTUNATELY THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ROGER DELGADO IN A CAR ACCIDENT PUT PAID TO THAT,

THE CHARACTER WAS GONE UNTIL THE DEADLY ASSASSIN WHERE A BADLY DECAYED MASTER TEETERING ON THE EDGE OF DEATH RETURNED TO GALLIFREY TO STEAL THE ROD AND SASH OF RASSILON TO EXTEND HIS LIFE. HE WAS WILLING TO DESTROY HIS HOME TO SAVE HIMSELF, A PLAN FOILED BY THE DOCTOR BUT CONTINUED ON TRAKEN WHERE HE STOLE THE KEEPERSHIP AND GOT HIMSELF A NEW BODY.

NOW PLAYED BY ANTHONY AINLEY, HE WAS TO BE THE BANE OF THE FIFTH, SIXTH AND SEVENTH DOCTOR’S EXISTENCE ONCE AGAIN TO VARYING DEGREES OF SUCCESS.

IN THE 5 DOCTORS HE IS SENT BY THE TIME LORDS TO SAVE THE DOCTORS FROM THE DEATH ZONE OFFRING HIM A NEW SET OF REGENERATIONS.

HE WAS BECOMING STALE AS  A CHARACTER BUT SOMETHING NEW CAME IN SURVIVAL THE FINAL CLASSIC WHO STORY WHERE HE WAS INFECTED BY THE CHEETAH PALNET, TURNING HIM INTO A PRIMEVAL BEAST. SOMETHING NEW AT LAST AND A BRILLIANT TURN BY AINLEY.

WHEN THE AMERICAN DOCTOR WHO MOVIE CAME ABOUT, IT WAS THE MASTER CHOSEN TO FACE PAUL MCGANN’S  DOCTOR STILL FINDING WAYS  TO CHEAT DEATH AS EXPANDED UPON BY THE NOVEL LUNGBARROW.

BUT RUSSELL T DAVIES MASTER WAS THE MOST EXTREME OF ALL AND PERHAPS THE MSOT SYMPATHETIC AS IT REVEALED THE TIME LORDS USED HIM BY PLACING A SIGNAL IN HIS HEAD THAT DROVE HIM MAD. THE LINK WAS RASSILON’S LAST ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE THE TIME WAR AND IT ALMOST SUCCEEDED UNTIL THE MASTER SAVED THE DOCTOR AND HURLED THE TIME LORDS AND GALLIFREY BACK INTO THE TIME WAR, RESULTING IN THE MASTER BEING PULLED IN TOO.

THE CHARACTER WORKS ON SO MANY LEVELS, WIFE BEATER, HIS DESIRE FOR POWER KNEW NO BOUNDS, CASUALLY WIPING OUT ONE TENTH OF MANKIND JUST TO PUT HIS STAMP ON MANKIND YET HE HAS AFFECTION FOR THOSE THAT CAN HELP HIM OVER THE YEARS, EVEN FOR JO GRANT WHEN HE HAS HER PRISONER. ONE COULD SO FAR TO SAY THE MASTER DOESN’T REALLY WANT TO KILL THE DOCTOR, HE SEEMS TO THRIVE ON THEIR RIVALRY, AS IF IT GIVES HIM A REASON TO EXIST AND CHANNEL HIS INSANITY.

AS HE SAID ONCE, “THE UNIVERSE WITHOUT THE DOCTOR SCARCELY BARES THINKING ABOUT.” FOR ALL HIS HATRED, IT SEEMS HE REALLY HAS A SOFT SPOT FOR HIS OLD FRIEND. THAT SAID, TRAPPED IN THE TIME WAR, WHO KNOWS WHAT MISCHIEF HE CAN STILL CAUSE?

SOMETHING TELLS ME WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF HIM.

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