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David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor vs Derek Jacobi’s Master in Big Finish’s Self-Defence

15 years after they first met on TV in Utopia, the Tenth Doctor will battle Derek Jacobi’s War Master in Self-Defence, an upcoming boxset from audio company, Big Finish.

The War Master: Self-Defence is due for release in June 2022, with an explosive showdown with the Tenth Doctor, guest-starring in the final episode. This time, the two Time Lords face each other once more – but who remembers who? 

The set includes:

  • The Forest of Penitence by Lou Morgan 
  • The Players by Una McCormack 
  • Boundaries by Lizbeth Myles 
  • The Last Line by Lizzie Hopley 

David Tennant said:

“One of the joys of these Big Finish stories is that any little corner of the Doctor Who universe can be re-explored – and what a treat to get to do a story with Derek! There’s something so vivid in those moments when Derek became the Master on TV. It feels very natural that that character should be expanded and have all these stories to tell because there was so much going on there.” 

Scott Handcock added:

Self-Defence has been a thrill to pull together. We have four brilliant scripts from Lou Morgan, Una McCormack, Lizbeth Myles, and Lizzie Hopley and an incredible guest cast across the stories – plus the Tenth Doctor himself getting propelled back into the Time War for the box set’s conclusion! And given that Derek and David only shared a look as Doctor and Master on screen, it’s great to hear them face off against each other properly – and for the Master to have no idea who this Doctor is!”

The War Master: Self-Defence is now available for pre-order 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 MasterSelf-Defence and the as-yet-untitled eighth series for £48 as collector’s edition CD box sets or £39 as digital downloads. 

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor vs Derek Jacobi’s Master in Big Finish’s Self-Defence

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