Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The War Master returns for three new series from Big Finish

Big Finish has announced that the adventures of Sir Derek Jacobi's War Master will be continuing in three new series of audio plays.

Last year's The War Master: Only The Good marked the return of Sir Derek's incarnation of the renegade Time Lord to the Doctor Who universe, following his brief but momentous debut in the 2007 Doctor Who story Utopia opposite David Tennant's Doctor.

Since then the War Master has cameoed in Big Finish's UNIT and Gallifrey ranges, but now Big Finish has revealed that three further boxsets starring the War Master will be released over the next two years.

These will kick off this December with The War Master: The Master of Callous, a new four-part adventure following the further exploits of the Master during the Time War:
On the mining colony Callous, Elliot King struggles to meet the demands of its governor, Teremon. The odds are stacked against him, and his options are running low. The world that once promised dreams now offers only despair.

A wild Ood stalks the forests, carrying an antiquated phone. The caller promises much – he claims he can change the world – but he always speaks a devastating truth.

He is the Master and the Ood will obey him... but to what end?


Writing duties for the four new stories have been shared by James Goss and Guy Adams - Goss opens the Master's latest set of adventures with Call for the Dead and The Glittering Prize, whilst Adams rounds off the series with The Persistence of Dreams and Sins of the Father.

Executive producer and series editor Nicholas Briggs says:
“As we travel further with the Master through the Time War, there are epic implications as well as very personal stories. There’s a distinctly dark and mystical feel to some of the episodes, but ultimately we discover that the Master laid some truly dastardly plans before it all started, and that his warped ambition knows no bounds. 

“It’s been such a pleasure script editing this series. Working closely with producer Scott Handcock, my aim has been to create a balance of the epic and the deeply personal.”
Series producer and director Scott Handcock says:
“Even before we finished recording The War Master: Only The Good, Derek had told us how much he wanted to come back, and another series of brand-new adventures for the War Master got an instant green light! 

“We’ve some really exciting stories in store over the next three box sets, kicking off with The Master of Callous by James Goss and Guy Adams, which also features the return of the subservient Ood. It’s a grand four part masterplan, and I can’t wait for people to hear it come December!”
Scott Handcock, Sir Derek Jacobi, Nicholas Briggs - The War Master for Big Finish

The War Master: The Master of Callous
is available to pre-order from Big Finish ahead of its December 2018 release at £23 on CD and £20 on digital download. The War Master: Rage of the Time Lords will follow in July 2019 with The War Master: Anti-Genesis concluding the Master's saga in December 2019 - both series are also now available to pre-order individually from Big Finish.

All four series of The War Master are also available to purchase as a bundle from Big Finish, as are series 2-4 for those who have already purchased Only The Good.

As well as his own series, the War Master is also set to face Alex Kingston's River Song in the upcoming fifth series of The Diary of River Song, out in January 2019 - this can be pre-ordered from Big Finish at £23 on CD and £20 on digital download.

[Source: Big Finish]