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Coming Soon from Big Finish: The War Master Escapes from Reality, Into Lands of Fiction

The War Master travels through fictional realms in a brand-new box set of crossover adventures, due for release in December 2022 by Big Finish Productions.

Sir Derek Jacobi returns as the Time War incarnation of the Master in four audio dramas, in which he’s trying to escape the Daleks.

While on the run, the War Master encounters Greek mythological figures and famous literary characters from the works of Hans Christian Andersen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Oscar Wilde. As the Master moves through each fictitious world, chaos follows… 

The stellar cast also includes Ella Smith (as Medusa), Greg Austin (as Perseus), David Sibley (as Zeus), Jessye Romeo (as Andromeda), Nicholas Briggs (as the Daleks and Sherlock Holmes), Richard Earl (as Dr. John Watson), Gethin Anthony (as the Shadow), and Safiyya Ingar (as Sea Witch).

And the Outlander and Sanditon actor Alexander Vlahos guest stars as Dorian Gray.

Here’s the synopsis:

Pursued by a squadron of Dalek assault ships, the Master’s only hope is to abandon the space-time vortex and flee into an altogether different reality: a realm of fiction.

Confronted with creatures of myth and figures from folklore, the Master sees an opportunity to scavenge a universe of impossible artefacts and use them against his enemies.

But first he must face off against a host of legendary monsters, literary heroes and embody fiction’s greatest consulting detective: Sherlock Holmes.

The four adventures in this box set are: 

The Wrath of Medusa by Rochana Patel 

Crashing into a universe of fiction, the Master finds himself lost in a world of Greek mythology… with a Dalek assault squad close behind. 

The Shadow Master by Lizzie Hopley 

As the Master plunders inconceivable artefacts from an impossible universe, he encounters a figure that may prove his greatest threat: his own Shadow.

The Adventure of the Deceased Doctor by Alfie Shaw

When Dr. John Watson is informed of his own murder, only the world’s greatest consulting detective can assist. He just happens to come from a different world.

The Master of Dorian Gray by David Llewellyn from a story by Scott Handcock 

Seeking the power of immortality, the Master works himself into the life of Dorian Gray. But can he change how the story ends?

Director, Producer, and Script Editor, Scott Handcock, said:

“It’s always nice to throw the War Master into different scenarios and given Derek’s love for classic literature, this time we’ve thrown him into the heart of fictional favourites!

“From the legends of ancient Greece to Hans Christian Andersen, Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, the Master’s plunged into an unfamiliar universe with a host of new laws to break. It’s a War Master adventure like no other!”

The War Master: Escape from Reality is now available to pre-order for £24.99 (as a CD set and download) or £19.99 (download only) from Big Finish. Or you can save money by ordering The War Master: Self-Defence and The War Master: Escape from Reality together in a bundle for £48 (CD box set and download) or £39 (download only).

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.

Coming Soon from Big Finish: The War Master Escapes from Reality, Into Lands of Fiction

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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