After his appearances in the Big Finish audios, Geoffrey Beevers has become my second favourite portrayal of the Master. The mantle of my favourite Master has to go to the definitive Roger Delgado; a very hard act to follow. Whilst in the third place, I have to give to Alex Macqueen, despite his one (soon two) appearance(s) in the audios.
I agree that Delgado'll always be the best and Beevers is really, really good. That dude's voice is chilling. Early on when I first discovered Big Finish, I walked into Dust Breeding having no idea about the big twist- quite a shock. I like how they're continually weaving him into Tom Baker's BF stuff- nicely pays off the end of The Deadly Assassin, which promised a revived Doctor/ Master feud, but never delivered (gotta wonder what would've happened if Hinchcliffe hadn't been forced to leave).
I like all the Masters (even Roberts). Ainley gets an unfair amount of criticism- probably some sort of "fanthink" that started in the 80s and just rolled onward from there. Yeah, he gets pretty "arch" in some stories, but I think that had more to do with individual directors (and even when he's hamming it up, he's fun to watch). At the very least, his performances in Logopolis and Survival are deadly serious and really damned good.
He must be inside the Melkur TARDIS...Given the lighting, and that version of the grandfather clock TARDIS is from "Keeper of Traken"...The Grandfather clock TARDIS from "The Deadly Assassin" is an older design.
The Doctor and the Master have always had a kind of Love/Hate relationship. What I loved about this incarnation is that is shows what happens when you subtract the "Love" portion of that equation. All that's left is raw, unrepentant, insane hatred, which you have done a commendable job capturing. Nice work!
One thing I forgot to mention about this artwork, Paul...nice attention to detail by having the Master's TARDIS clock-face reading as 4-minutes to midnight. Exactly how it read at the end of "The Keeper of Traken"...four minutes to go until midnight = four episodes to go until the 4th Doctor dies. I know I've already said this...but great work my friend!
I always wondered what brought to the Masters "Emperor Palpatine" look. Maybe someday in the comics or novels they will explain it. Regarding the Time War, I'm pretty sure it was the 8th incarnation of the Doctor that fought in it and then towards the end he regenerated into the 9th. Presumably caused by a Dalek.
Sorry, was a way from DA for a few weeks... I think there is a novel that explains the Master's burned/ decayed look. It's one of the early 8th Doctor novels- either Legacy of the Daleks or War of the Daleks (can't remember which).
Ha ha ha! I was definitely thinking of you when I put those "RTD must go" options on those polls I posted.
And yeah, I think we CAN just keep saying it's the badass Decayed Master underneath for as long as we want (why not- he's technically the final incarnation). I wonder if some fans out there have a theory that the whole "fusing with the Watcher" thing means every Doctor since 4 is really Tom Baker!
Wow! That is amazing! Great job! The decaying 13th Master (Peter Pratt / Geoffrey Beevers) is one of my favourite incarnations of the Master! This was a renegade Time Lord pushed to the edge! His race for survival had driven him even madder than before and he didn't care who or what he had to destroy in order to live past his 12th regeneration!
"Only hate keeps me alive!"
Great stuff! And he's doing pretty well I'd say! By my counting, the Master that was played by John Simm is his 18th incarnation!
I suppose it is kinda his 18th (based on what we know)! Though I also kinda like to think that at least the Anthony Ainley Master (and debatebly the other "possessed" Masters) are really the Decayed Master underneath (the Big Finish stuff seems to support that at least. Though I do kinda find it hard to believe that's the Decayed Master camping it up in the McGann TV movie...
Also, I've always wondered about whether or not the "Yana" Master was the first incarnation of "Master Vol.2". Some of the dialogue in Last of the Timelords makes me think otherwise. No way to know for sure though- it's like the whole "did McGann or Eccleston fight in the Time War" issue...
Admittedly I haven't listened to any of the Big Finish stuff featuring the Master. I like to think that what happened to him in "The Keeper of Traken" was a regeneration albeit not your typical one.
Regarding Yana...the Time Lords did resurrect him and, presumably, gave him a new regeneration cycle. Arguably you could say that its a totally new body altogether and 'Yana' is in fact incarnation 1B but for the Master his 17th and 'Saxon' as 2b (or 18th).
And regarding the 'was it the 8th or 9th Doctor fighting the Time War?' thing. I think it was the 8th. I can't see a war like that ending in such a devastating way and the Doctor just walking away completely unscathed. Much better to have him sacrificing his 8th life to stop the Daleks. Adds to his trauma.
I like to think it was the 8th too. Some comments RTD has made seem to imply otherwise- which seems goofy to me. It seems reasonable to assume the Doc regenerated into 9 not that long before the events of "Rose"- or he's somehow gone years without looking in a mirror!
I think its plausible for the newly regenerated 9th Doctor to have not looked at his reflection for however long he was alone before meeting Rose. Remember the newly regenerated 6th Doctor? If Peri hadn't been there to grab a mirror from his coat pocket he also might not have made a point of checking out his new face.
Time of the Doctor complicating things with Colonel Grumpy Pants: apparently 11 is still 11 because he didn't go by The Doctor during the War. So the 11 unseen incarnations of the Master may not be regarded as Masters, though they are Koschei. My headcanon is that The Monk and the War Lord are both earlier versions of the Master
I've heard that particular headcanon from other fans but I don't buy in to it. I'm of the humble opinion that the Monk and the War Lord were two entirely different Time Lords and that the Master was busy wasting 12 of his lives attempting to escape from a black hole that the Doctor left him in as chronicled in the Missing Adventure novel "The Dark Path".