Tissue Compression Eliminator

The King's Demons



Tissue Compression Eliminator


Terror of the Autons
The Deadly Assassin
The King’s Demons
The Five Doctors
Planet of Fire
The Mark of the Rani
The Ultimate Foe


The Tissue Compression Eliminator (or TCE), also called a decompression eliminator (The Evil One) or simply the Compressor, (The King’s Demons) was a trademark weapon of the Master as he fought UNIT, searched for new life in his decayed body, and especially after he assumed the appearance of the Trakenite Tremas. (The Keeper of Traken) He admitted that he wasn’t sure about the name, if it eliminated victims through tissue compressedition or if it, in fact, eliminated tissue compressedition. (The Two Masters)


the Fourth Doctor once described the method by which The Master killed as”matter condensation.” (The Deadly Assassin) As its name suggested, the TCE killed by drastically compressing the bodies of its targets to the point where life functions ceased, firing a modulated beam of gravitons and Pym particles. (The Quantum Archangel) Eventually, the victims were no longer visible after the exposure, but The Master liked to leave the shrunken doll-like corpses of his victims as a calling-card for The Doctor to discover in places The Master anticipated The Doctor would look. (The Deadly Assassin)

The TCE was equally capable of shrinking inorganic tissue: victims’ clothes were also shrunk. On one occasion, The Master demonstrated the weapon by shrinking empty space-suits to intimidate Peri when he took her captive on Sarn to ensure she co-operated with him. (Planet of Fire)

According the Sally Armstrong, it usually compressed people by a factor of 10. (Eyes of the Master) The Master gave Sally a TCE which also acted as a communicator. (The Reviled)

the Seventh Doctor kept one of the Master’s TCEs, using the device to shrink Death’s Head to regular size. (The Crossroads of Time) He later used the device (adapted) to electrocute Head, knocking him out. (The Incomplete Death’s Head)


The Master used the TCE to kill Goodge to infiltrate a radio telescope for the Nestene Consciousness. (Terror of the Autons)

He once materialised his TARDIS within UNIT HQ and attackedthe Third Doctor. In the brawl, The Doctor took the TCE and The Master fled.

The Doctor threatened The Doctor with the TCE, hoping he would hand over the TARDIS. Ultimately, he decided against it and handed the device to his future self. (The Eight Doctors)

Before his disfigurement, the Thirteenth Master decided to “spice things up a bit ” by using a staser instead of the TCE. After swapping bodies with a future self, (The Two Masters) he returned to using the TCE. (The Deadly Assassin)

The Master used it to kill a camera technician on Gallifrey. (The Deadly Assassin)

The Master used it to kill several humans and Logopolitans in 1981. (Logopolis)

the Fifth Doctor was able to use the TCE to sabotage The Master’s TARDIS. (The King’s Demons)

The Master later attempted to improve the design of his weapon, but a laboratory accident resulted in the laboratory and him both being reduced in size instead. This did not appear to harm him. (Planet of Fire)

On another occasion The Master used the TCE against a velociraptor revived by the fountain of youth. However, it landed right back in the fountain, re-emerging unharmed but miniscule in size, making a comical sight. (A Town Called Eternity)

the Sixth Doctor stole and used it to threaten The Master and the Rani; later Peri Brown did the same. (The Mark of the Rani)

During his first encounter with the artificially-enlarged mechanoid freelance peacekeeping agent Death’s Head, the Seventh Doctor used a TCE (which he happened to have on him) to defend himself against the mercenary. Death’s Head was not injured, but found himself returned to his original size (that of a normal humanoid), which he remained for the rest of his career. (The Crossroads of Time)

the Seventh Doctor also used a modified TCE to shock and incapacitate Death’s Head (to prevent him from killing his future self and wipe his memory) during Bonjaxx’s birthday party on Maruthea, knowing it had worked on him before. (The Incomplete Death’s Head)

Izzy Sinclair was shrunk after being shot with a TCE without being killed outright by The Master’s disciple Sato Katsura. She was later able to use the weapon to reverse the process. (The Glorious Dead) He also gave one to Sally Armstrong. (Eyes of the Master, The Reviled)

The TCE was used by Es’Cartrss of the Tactire through a simulated reality in the Matrix of the Doctor’s TARDIS, while posing as the Valeyard. (The Forgotten)

Missy kept a TCE device disguised as her onix hat pin, retaining the four petals over a glowing sphere (Lords and Masters)


Following his regeneration into “Harold Saxon”, The Master used a laser screwdriver in lieu of the TCE. (The Sound of Drums)
As Missy, she began using a new device that worked as a vaporising energy weapon, a camera, or even a time stop. (Dark Water)

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