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July 24th, 2018 17 comments

Big Finish War Master 2 The Master of Callous

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The War Master Returns!

Derek Jacobi headlines in one of his most evil roles to date in Big Finish Productions The War Master Saga.

Sir Derek Jacobi is reprising his role as the Master, the evil Time Lord from the Doctor Who universe, in an on-going four series spectacular from Big Finish Productions.

After appearing originally in just one television episode of Doctor Who: Utopia back in 2007 alongside David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and John Barrowman, in a few fleeting minutes Derek Jacobi’s incarnation of the Doctor’s arch nemesis made an unforgettable impression on viewers.

Big Finish were delighted to bring Derek Jacobi back as the Master for a set of four adventures last year in the critically acclaimed The War Master: Only the Good, and are now overjoyed to confirm that he’ll return for another three series.

The second series, The War Master: The Master of Callous sees the Master in a brand new four-part adventures, furthering his exploits in 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?

  • 1. Call for the Dead by James Goss
  • 2. The Glittering Prize by James Goss
  • 3. The Persistence of Dreams by Guy Adams
  • 4. Sins of the Father by Guy Adams

Nicholas Briggs, executive producer and script editor of the series, told us more on this new arc of stories: “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.”

Scott Handcock, producer and director of The War Master series: “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!”

“Derek Jacobi was amazing in the first series of The War Master,” says executive producer, Jason Haigh-Ellery. “His Master appears at first to be a supportive and friendly Time Lord who wants to help those around him – but there is an underlying malevolent desire for carnage. Derek’s Master’s ruthless desire to win his own game at all costs makes this the Hannibal Lecter regeneration (a part Derek auditioned for) and is truly terrifying.”

The War Master: The Master of Callous kicks off the next set of adventures in December 2018.

Series three, The War Master: Rage of the Time Lords will follow in July 2019 written by Tim Foley and David Llewellyn, and series four, The War Master: Anti-Genesis written by Nicholas Briggs and Alan Barnes will complete the saga in December 2019.

All four series can be pre-ordered today individually for £20 on download or £23 on CD, or you can save money in a specially-priced War Master bundle with all four series at £80 on download or £90 on CD. If you’ve previously purchased The War Master: Only the Good, you can get series 2–4 at £60 on CD or £68 on download.

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, spin-offs


  • VeryFactualDalek

    July 25th, 2018 - 12:50am

    Oh I’d have liked Stuart Manning to have done the artwork for all the covers

  • Dalekparadigm2

    July 24th, 2018 - 4:09pm

    So glad we’re getting more War Master, fast becoming my favourite incarnation of the Master. I love how the stories in “Only the Good” start all nicely nicely and then the plot takes a sharp turn and everything becomes really dark. Jacobi is fantastic in the role!

    • Dalekparadigm2

      July 24th, 2018 - 4:12pm

      Also, like the fact that Nicholas Briggs is cosplaying the Curator from The Day of the Doctor…

  • The Doctor

    July 24th, 2018 - 2:06pm

    This was always one of my top hopes for Big Finish, to bring back the Jacobi master. The first box set was fantastic and to know that there’s 3 more on the way is just amazing. People wondering how this all ties in chronologically just need to check out the first box set, big finish rarely fail to deliver on continuity.

  • John Hoover

    July 24th, 2018 - 12:08pm

    I honestly can’t wait for a box set that ties in with utopia. It’s one of my favourite concepts for a doctor who Story and I would like to see what the future mind are and how the master ended up like this

    • The Doctor

      July 24th, 2018 - 2:02pm

      Check out the War Master 1 then, the ending ties into utopia.

    • John Hoover

      July 24th, 2018 - 9:40pm

      Does it, so how does this box set work

    • whofan36

      July 24th, 2018 - 10:53pm

      This set will most likely take place before the first set

  • Doctor Stu

    July 24th, 2018 - 10:56am

    I don’t understand how Yana in Utopia could have been found as a naked child on the silver devastation if he’s already lived life as Derek Jacobi’s war master. Did he just hide himself away in the watch and start aging from birth again as Yana? When the Doctor used the watch his previous ‘memories’ were just simple facts like the location of his supposed birth town and the name of his parents whereas Yanas memories seemed much more ‘real’ so were these all fake as well? It seems odd that Yanas chameleon arch life seemed more sophisticated than the doctors

    • the4thdoc42

      July 24th, 2018 - 11:27am

      The Chameleon Arch implanted memories in his head (like it does with the Doctor in Human Nature), which was explained in the first set (and okaye) by Russell T Davies himself, although it wasn’t his original intention.

    • the4thdoc42

      July 24th, 2018 - 11:28am

      *and okayed by

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2018 - 12:33pm

      I thought they’d go down the route of him using the Lazarus technology as an extra layer of disguise

    • Galactic yo yo

      July 24th, 2018 - 1:57pm

      He only gets that technology after he regenerated into Simm and got the Doctors tardis. The memories of him as a child were given to him by the watch as part of his disguise.

    • The Doctor

      July 24th, 2018 - 2:03pm

      The chameleon arch turned him into a child. It’s in The War Master #1. That life that felt so real, was real. He lived it. But never lost the watch that he was found with.

    • Platon29

      July 24th, 2018 - 6:36pm

      There’s no reason for the Masters experience with the arch to be any different from the Doctors. The memories were implanted, the sounds we hear have to be the memories being created or at least being implanted.

  • The ergon

    July 24th, 2018 - 10:45am

    I was left wondering when they might get round to the second boxset due to the availability of derek jacobi, unless they,ve prerecorded a four set in advance, as they did with John Hurt. The first boxset i really enjoyed. Hes the master through and through.Devious and maliciously malevolent.

  • DalekAgent

    July 24th, 2018 - 10:30am

    “We must feed… we must feed… we must feed… we must feed… we must feed… you if you are hungry”


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