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49. Master

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/8/17 10:52 pm
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I've gone back and forth on this one. I used to absolutely love it, and I wondered how it could possibly have been written by the same guy who wrote 'The Rapture". But when I went back and listened to on subsequent occasions, the magic seemed to have worn off. Suddenly I could see quite clearly that it was written by the same man.

This story feels like a cheat to me. It seems like it's trying to evoke a particular kind of story. It's one of those stories where just a few characters are trapped together in a big old haunted house, and the various hidden conflicts that exist between them are brought out into the open over the course of the evening. This is a tricky kind of story to pull off. It's character-driven, and there's not much action, so you need a good cast that can keep interesting bringing the characters to life. And this story has a very good cast. But it isn't really that kind of story. It's just dressing itself up as that kind of story, and it's doing it in a very obvious and superficial way.

But the cast is doing a lot of work to distract attention from problems in the script (and the problems in this story are almost entirely in the script). There's a scene early on between Jade and Jacqueline which is just the worst kind of info dump. The actors often have to handle a lot of clunky exposition, and they mostly manage to avoid getting bogged down, but it makes for some very clunky dialogue. (There are some moments where the melodrama seems to be too much even for this cast.)

And this story has another one of those annoying framing devices that don't really serve much purpose. This one's worse, because it's a cliche (the seventh Doctor confronting a would-be assassin), because it's filled with annoying self-referential observations, and because the twist (that the Doctor is not there to stop the assassin but rather to take his place) is ludicrous and nonsensical.

Speaking of which, I refuse to take seriously any of the supposed revelations about the history between the Doctor and the Master. It's just too awful. It's painfully contrived, and seriously undermines both characters.It undermines the Master by taking away his agency, making him the helpless victim of a terrible injustice. It undermines the Doctor by making him the perpetrator of that injustice. It's too much. A subtle suggestion of moral ambiguity would have gone a long way. Making the Doctor morally responsible for everything the Master has ever done is taking the point far too far.

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 7/8/17 5:20 am
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Eerie dense and dark.
This belter is responsible for me spending hundreds on big finish. My first big finish but. It's about as good as a vs the master story has ever gotten. The master is at his most terrifying and yet also at his most human ... no I won't say anymore on that. Just listen!

I recommended The deadly assassin and keeper of Traken though it is a standalone these stories set a little tone unto what master you are about to hear. Dare I say the most evil incarnation !
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/27/17 6:57 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The best and most serious Master story and the darkest of the villains trilogy. This story is the definitive psychological look at the Master and his relationship to the Doctor. The story starts with Part One establishing the atmosphere and mood of the colony and the fact that the Master has lost his memory and living as Doctor John Smith as well as meeting his two friends. The middle episodes build the tension leading to stunning cliffhanger at the end of episode three. The final episode is one twist, turn, and punch in the gut after the other. It's a very dark story that never quite loses all hope.

The story is economically written with a minimal amount of characters and all the actors are just spot on. The material is superb. It manages to be philosophical without being boring or preachy. Beevers is simply masterful from start to finish and this is also one of Sylvester McCoy's best performances.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 10/7/16 10:17 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An amazing performance from both McCoy and Beevers, dark and gripping, never letting up for a second. Highly recommended.