The Two Masters
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Geoffrey Beevers (The Old Master), Alex Macqueen (The New Master), Lauren Crace (Jemima), Russ Bain (Blore/Baron Jarvill), Esther Hall (Tazmeena/Bauza/Mum), James Garnon (Sebastian/Gorlan), Neil Edmond (Sarlon/Gorlan/Time Lord).
The future is dying. All over the universe, gaps are beginning to appear. From the space lanes terrorised by the rag-tag remnants of the once-mighty Rocket Men, to the empire of the Gorlans, stricken by a terrible civil war. Gaps in space/time, portents of the end of everything.
Only three beings might prevent it. The Doctor, a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. The Master, another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. And another Master, yet another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey.
One Doctor. Two Masters. What could possibly go wrong?
Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Jamie Anderson
The Two Masters was the two hundred and thirteenth story in Big Finish’s monthly range.
The Rocket Men killed Jemima’s family and kidnapped her.
The Master describes the Rocket Men as “a pathetic ragtag group of no-hopers with delusions of power on a cosmic scale”.
The Master refers to Jemima as The Doctor’s “monkey”.
Blank patches of no-time appear throughout all of recorded history, and TARDISes need to “project” over them.
The new Master claims that The Doctor flatters himself by thinking of him as being the Moriarty to The Master’s Holmes when he provides merely “adequate opposition worthy of very little attention”.
The Gorlan are a silicate based lifeform.
There were billions of casualties in the Gorlan Civil War.
The decayed Master uses the pseudonym “General Malgrove”. “Malgrove” is the Gorlan word for “master”.
The new Master claims that the entire fleet of the Unholy Protocol could not stop him.
The new Master describes the Fifth Doctor as “the drippy blonde one” who “wanders around like nobody’s who’s ever played cricket ever” while the decayed Master describes the Sixth Doctor as “the carnival clown”.
The Doctor describes the incarnation of The Master who stole Tremas’ body as having a taste for melodrama.
The Doctor objects to allowing the two Masters to meet, stating that it is forbidden by both the Blinovitch Limitation Effect and the Laws of Time.
The decayed Master, in the new Master’s body, doesn’t recognise the Seventh Doctor.
While waiting for the Cult of the Heretic to make a decision about his offer, the new Master reads a book, which is implied to be Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
The Doctor realises that the two Masters have switched as the decayed Master is usually a very serious sort while the other Master is more frivolous and willing to enjoy himself. He determines that each incarnation is acting like the other when he has a chance to hear them both in action.
During his “decayed” incarnation, The Master experienced pain which was almost unendurable.
The Cult of the Heretic worship a renegade Time Lord known as the Heretic.
The Doctor refers to the Grandfather Paradox.
The decayed Master tells that his future self that he has always wanted to kill one of The Doctor’s companions.
The Doctor refers to his previous encounters with the Rocket Men. The Rocket Men, Return of the Rocket Men, Requiem for the Rocket Men)
The Doctor mentions that he destroyed the Rocket Men’s asteroid during his fourth incarnation. (Requiem for the Rocket Men)
The new Master recalls his encounter with the Rocket Men on the Asteroid. (Requiem for the Rocket Men)
The Doctor mentions that he and The Master were once friends. (The Sea Devils)
The Master’s TARDIS is once again in the form of a grandfather clock. (The Deadly Assassin, The Keeper Of Traken, And You Will Obey Me)
The Master refers to his imprisonment by UNIT. (The Sea Devils)
The Doctor cannot remember his encounters with The Master in Hexford in 2016 during his fifth incarnation (And You Will Obey Me) or at the prison with the Carmentine Mind Leach during his sixth incarnation also in 2016 (Vampire of the Mind), which he attributes to reality collapsing around The Masters.
The Doctor has previously met the new Master. (Dominion)
The new Master advises The Doctor to use the Hostile Action Displacement System. (The Krotons)
The Doctor mentions that he has met Harry Houdini. (Smoke and Mirrors)
The Doctor refers to his visit to Little Hodcombe in 1984 during his fifth incarnation. (The Awakening)
The new Master recalls his attempt to steal the Fifth Doctor’s body. (And You Will Obey Me)
The new Master refers to the fact that he has broken into the Time Lord base on Tersurus before. (Dominion)
The decayed Master tells his future self that he has recently begun using stasers. (The Deadly Assassin)
The new Master discusses his earlier alliance with Lord Chancellor Goth on Gallifrey. (The Deadly Assassin)
The two versions of The Master initiate telepathic contact. (The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors)
The Cult of the Heretic sent the Dragonhunters and the Transhuman Sisters to kill the new Master in Hexford in 2016. (And You Will Obey Me)
After exchanging body with his future self, the decayed Master comments on his “new voice”. (Utopia)
The Heretic was either killed by the Time Lords or imprisoned on Shada after plotting to regenerate the universe. (Shada)
The new Master refers to his other incarnations as “Mr Velveteen” (The Keeper Of Traken) and “the snake”. (TV Movie; Mastermind)
The Doctor tells The Masters that he does not always get along with his other selves. (The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors, The Two Doctors, The Sirens of Time)
The Doctor comments that the universe is sick and needs a Doctor, much like Harold Saxon during his victory speech in 2008. (The Sound of Drums)
During the first confrontation between the two Masters, the new Master is responsible for the decayed Master being reduced to his current state; this appears to contradict Legacy of the Daleks, where The Master’s condition is caused by Susan destroying a Matter transmuter in his TARDIS with his Tissue Compression Eliminator. However, since the novel only depicts The Master being thrown from his TARDIS and being later discovered by Chancellor Goth, rather than explicitly stating that he is reduced to his crippled state by the blast, the two can be reconciled with the assumption that the younger Master survived Susan’s attack and subsequently found another TARDIS to begin his raid on the Terserus compound, leading to his future self’s attack.
The Doctor would later reboot the universe again during his eleventh incarnation. (The Big Bang)