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Out Now: Big Finish’s The War Master — Killing Time

Derek Jacobi’s War Master meets two of the Doctor’s former companions in the latest boxset from Big Finish, Killing Time!

These full cast audio adventures feature the War Master in his greatest battle yet, as he confronts his past in Doctor Who companions Jo Jones (Katy Manning) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), and his present in rival Calantha (Alexandria Riley).

Here’s the synopsis:

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 cast also includes Ian Abeysekera (Class, Switch), Timothy Blore (The Lone Centurion, Dracula’s Guests), Doña Croll (Torchwood, Family Affairs), Laura Doddington (Graceless, Gallifrey), Sarah Douglas (Cicero, Superman 2), Raj Ghatak (The Box of Delights, Ghosts), Glen McCready (Missy, Space: 1999), Francois Pandolfo (Gallifrey, Torchwood), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose), Harley Viveash (The Robots, Cicero), Mali Ann Rees (Torchwood), and Fanos Xenofós (Blake’s 7, Dracula’s Guests). 

Director and producer, Scott Handcock said:

“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!” 

Indeed, you’ll hear more from the War Master later on today…

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. 

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.

Out Now: Big Finish’s The War Master — Killing Time

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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