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November 3rd, 2020 17 comments

Big Finish The War Master 6 Killing Time

The mighty, malevolent War Master will be returning to plague some of the Doctor’s former companions in a brand-new full-cast audio drama box set from Big Finish Productions.

You can’t keep a bad man down. Evil continues to triumph as the universe’s most destructive force is unleashed in a sixth series of adventures, due for release in August 2021. This time, the Master has set his sights on two of the Doctor’s friends – and they go back a long way…

Sir Derek Jacobi stars once more as the renegade Time Lord in his Time War incarnation, alongside Katy Manning, as Jo Jones (née Grant), and Sarah Sutton, as Nyssa of Traken, in four terrifying new adventures.

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.

One thing, however, is certain. Whichever of them may win, the Stagnant Protocol is destined to lose…

The four adventures in volume six, The War Master: Killing Time are as follows:

  • The Sincerest Form of Flattery by James Goss
  • A Quiet Night In by Lou Morgan
  • The Orphan by Lou Morgan
  • Unfinished Business by James Goss

Sir Derek Jacobi said: “I love being the Master. Doctor Who was part of my youth – I think I was around for the very first one – so it’s wonderful to be able to go back and actually become a character and play with these old companions. That’s one of the joys of being an actor – I can carry on pretending.”

Scott Handcock added: “The War Master: Killing Time is a fantastic set of adventures written by James Goss and Lou Morgan that form a loosely connected arc. James opens and closes the set with a story featuring the Master attempting to take over an empire in order to exploit the fallout from the Time War, while the middle two episodes by Lou are more intimate character pieces, pitting the War Master against classic companions Jo Jones and Nyssa, long after they left the Doctor.

“Jo and Nyssa both have a strong history with the Master, so it’s a real thrill to pit them against such a dangerous incarnation, and Derek really enjoyed learning more about the Master’s past.”

The War Master: Hearts of Darkness and The War Master: Killing Time are each now available for pre-order as collector’s edition four-disc box sets (on CD at £24.99) and as digital downloads (at £19.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, spin-offs


  • Doctor Stu

    November 5th, 2020 - 10:07am

    August 2021? They’re being a bit forward aren’t they with promotion.

    I was led to believe that the war masters story ended in one of the earlier boxsets, that we found out how her ended up as a child in Utopia so that was it. Job done, they’ve filled in some gaps. So….where exactly do all these extra series’s fit in? Or am I grossly misinformed?

    • mark687

      November 5th, 2020 - 11:03am

      I don’t think it will ever “end”. As long as there is a Big Finish, there will be new stories.

      Remember the Eight/Lucie Miller stories were originally going to lead up to the McGann/Eccleston regeneration…

      As long as there is a market for it, there will be more of these stories. Don’t be surprised if 5 or so years from now, Big Finish announce The War Master 16.



    • Doctor Stu

      November 5th, 2020 - 2:54pm

      But where do they fit is what I’m saying? Are they set in the space between the silver devastation episode and the beginning of the series? As surely the silver devastation is the end?

    • SamWho

      November 5th, 2020 - 3:02pm

      They thought Jacobi would only want to do one box set so they just made it a stand alone event set at his very end just before utopia but when they knew he wanted to do more they just set the other box sets earlier in his timeline it’s not about filling in caps exactly it’s just adding more to the masters timeline during the war like how the 4th doctor range moves throughout his timeline in random order because people like them and want more

    • Gerard

      November 6th, 2020 - 2:18pm

      As far as I and some others can tell, this is the correct chronological order of the War Master’s stories:

      – Master of Callous boxset
      – Rage of the Time Lords: The Survivor
      – Rage of the Time Lords: The Coney Island Chameleon
      – River Song: Concealed Weapon
      – Rage of the Time Lords: The Missing Link
      – Rage of the Time Lords: Darkness and Light
      – UNIT: Cyber Reality
      – Hearts of Darkness boxset
      – Killing Time boxset
      – Anti-Genesis boxset
      – Only the Good: Beneath The Viscoid
      – Gallifrey 1: The Devil You Know

      – Only the Good: The Good Master
      – Only the Good: The Sky Man
      – Only the Good: The Heavenly Paradigm

      It’s particularly confusing they’ve been released out of chronological order, and placing the new boxset is only an educated guess – but this is best guess way of listening for it to all make sense.

  • lege

    November 4th, 2020 - 12:35pm

    i’ll be interested to see where in nyssa’s timeline this takes place seen as the last we see of her in bf terms at least she is stuck in a dying e space.

    • Whofan44

      November 4th, 2020 - 5:37pm

      It will probably be set between her 2 traveling periods. There are 2 other audios set there for Nyssa.

  • mark687

    November 4th, 2020 - 12:18pm

    Yes. I like the idea of each era or person having “their” Doctor or “their” Master.
    So, for Jo, the Doctor is Pertwee and the Master is Delgado.
    For Nyssa, the Doctor is Tom Baker or Davison, and the Master is mostly Ainley, but briefly Beevers too, of course.
    This sort of combination seems more like a gimmick than like a story that needed to be told, imho of course.

    • Dave

      November 4th, 2020 - 1:40pm

      I see what you mean, and a lot of releases in the last couple of years reek of that sort of gimmickry but really, Nyssa and the Master certainly isn’t a gimmick story. There’s some powerful stories that can come out of their history that the show steadfastly ignored. It would be a shame to see those stories ignored due to Ainley’s loss or performed with Sarah Sutton co-starring with a Youtube impressionist.

  • Davidhhh

    November 4th, 2020 - 10:44am

    It will be interesting to see how they handle Nyssa meeting a new incarnation of the Master that no longer wears her father’s face and body. Will she be sad that his body no longer lives on, or glad that he’s no longer wearing her father’s body?

    The show never really dealt with the fallout of the Master killing and taking Tremas’ body, though Big Finish did in their special Companion Chronicles story “The Gift”

  • John

    November 4th, 2020 - 9:00am

    Wonderful to do these types of revisits. Sarah and Davros meeting again was wonderful as I suspect Jo and the Master wil be.

  • Anonymous

    November 3rd, 2020 - 8:52pm

    Nah, not for me. All getting a bit silly now with the constant meeting of old characters.

    • Doctor Stu

      November 4th, 2020 - 9:11am

      Yeh you have to wonder what these characters day to day lives look like and why they bothered saying goodbye to the doctor and his world at all when they seem to meet back up with him or parts of the universe seemingly every week

  • Auton

    November 3rd, 2020 - 6:11pm

    This looks amazing, Nyssa and Jo are some of the best companions

  • Anonymous

    May 22nd, 2020 - 5:00pm

    Familiar faces? Guesses for series 6: The Master meets up with Jo Grant and UNIT during the Pertwee years.

    • BadgerLeopard

      May 24th, 2020 - 8:51am

      I think that’s what could be happening in Masterful…

    • mark687

      November 4th, 2020 - 12:14pm

      You mean in the 1980’s?



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