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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/20/17 8:55 pm
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Following on from 'Viscoid', The Master has been summoned back to Gallifrey by the Time Lords for an unknown purpose. But of course that's not going to be his immediate destination. He's going to try and find some enjoyment on his way even if he's still being pursued by an army of pissed off Daleks. Thus he makes a stop on the medical planet of Arcking which serves a place of respite for the wounded and the injured doing his best to help under an assumed name but of course for his own purpose. The planet itself contains some mysterious secrets surrounding it one of which the Master is eager to harness for himself but a few complications might be at hand in the form of the approaching Daleks and a pilot named Cole Jarnish.....this is another great story albeit in a very different way to what we've heard so far. The plot is a good one with the nature of the planet's shield being a little confusing but well appropriate for the Time War. Similar to 'Viscoid', the Master is in disguise for the first half of the story (albeit playing as a significantly different kind of Doctor this time with a name that will make long time fans squee) and you can pinpoint the exact moment he switches back to malevolent once shit hits the fan. I should and will count this against the story to a degree but I personally have no problem with it as it's done just as well as 'Viscoid' and it continues to show off Jacobi's acting talent in the role. This is the Master at his most deceptive even more so than the previous story but we also get more aspects to his character as we actually see him being truly and outwardly kind for once (hence the title of this tale) and even building a necessary team around him. It's an interesting aspect that I loved as it adds some unexpected depth to him but I'm sure there are some fans who will hate some of the moments in this one especially the foolish ones who think the Master is purely black and white evil. It's odd and a little strange but it really works. This is truly a fully-formed and fleshed out character and Jacobi continues to astonish and make the role in his own with more great lines and moments in particular an anti-Dalek speech about halfway through the story that's worthy any of the Doctors in a 'Pandorica Opens' kind of way. In terms of other noteworthy cast members, this story introduces Jonny Green as Cole Jarnish, a pilot caught in the Dalek crossfire and who I have a feeling is going to be important for the rest of this set. He has a strong story behind him with a hero complex of the highest manner and his interactions with the Master are fascinating and chillingly naive. I'm assuming he'll be safe with him at least for now but I could see a tragic manipulation unfolding past this story with this character in particular. There are many other side characters who are played and become substantial to the Master's plan such as Major Dezra (Rachel Atkins) and medical assistant Phila (Hannah Barker) who are acted well but obviously don't last too long past the story. Dezra especially is awfully trusting and more willing to go along with the Master's plan than even I expected with a darker edge to her than other characters I've heard so far in this set. There are once again more small details to love especially in the newly introduced kamikaze Daleks that are threatening but also hilarious all at the same time. I find it funny that a species so concerned about the purity of race and as their status as the ultimate life form are so willing to needlessly sacrifice themselves for a big boom. Things once again fall into place by the end in a mostly expected way considering what's been set up though the Master does lose out a little bit on what he wants this time. In short, 'Good Master' is another great story even if it does have a few more small flaws than its' predecessor. It again pushes boundaries with story and character and works well in setting up the Master with his companion for the rest of the set. I have a feeling that things are going to be explosive in further stories between these two and I cannot wait to see how it all turns out. 

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