The Masters Of War
David Warner (the Doctor), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Terry Molloy (Davros), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Amy Pemberton (Nadel), Sarah Douglas (Gillen), Jeremy James (Delt), Christopher Heywood (Toloc)
A new adventure for a new Doctor in a new dimension…
The Doctor and his travelling companion, retired army officer Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, take a random trip in the TARDIS – and land on the planet Skaro. The Doctor helped the Thals to defeat The Daleks years ago, so he is surprised to find the Thal city under Dalek occupation. He determines to help them again, but what is the Daleks’ purpose in keeping the Thals alive? Does it have anything to do with the Daleks’ mythical creator, named in their teachings as Davros?
- Masters of War was the eighth Doctor Who Unbound audio story produced by Big Finish Productions
- The Thousand Year War and Davros’ history are different (to the proper timeline), most notably that The war was considerably shorter than a thousand years and started closer to the end. The Quatch’s involvement – and the Quatch themselves – do not seem to be caused by any difference in the Doctor’s timeline.
- The Daleks seen in the story were created by Davros to have a degree of compassion so they would not turn on him. This led to them developing the idea that because Daleks were superior to all other life, they had a duty to protect that life. When Davros left Skaro, most of this second batch went on a quest to find him; they returned after the events of The Daleks and enslaved the unprepared Thals, in order to protect them from the Quatch. They make them work to strengthen them (via a process of social darwinism) and to strengthen the Daleks, thus protecting the Thals by making the Daleks stronger.
- The Doctor uses a sonic screwdriver at one point.
- The Brigadier gets food from the TARDIS’ food machine.
- The Quatch are from another dimension.
- The Daleks mobilise several saucers to attack the Quatch.
- This would be the final Big Finish audio drama to feature Davros until The Curse of Davros in January 2012.
- This is the only story in performed Doctor Who to feature both the Brigadier and Davros.