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The War Master manipulates Dorian Gray, impersonates Sherlock Holmes and hunts Medusa in a brand-new box set of full-cast audio dramas, released today by Big Finish Productions.
Sir Derek Jacobi returns as the Time War incarnation of the Master - first seen in the unforgettable 2007 Doctor Who TV story Utopia - in four adventures exploring Greek mythological and classic literary worlds!
Pursued by a squadron of Dalek assault ships, the Master’s only hope is to abandon the space-time vortex and flee into an altogether different reality: a realm of fiction.
Confronted with creatures of myth and figures from folklore, the Master sees an opportunity to scavenge a universe of impossible artefacts and use them against his enemies.
But first, he must face off against a host of legendary monsters and literary heroes and embody fiction’s greatest consulting detective: Sherlock Holmes.
Sir Derek Jacobi said: “It’s a wonderful idea and it opens up so many doors. It was fascinating meeting the fictional characters and of course, anything is possible in fiction. I thought it was incredibly clever and utterly seamless. I found it very satisfying. It’s beautifully done.”
The War Master: Escape from Reality is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD box set (+ download for just £24.99) or as a digital download (for just £19.99).
Joining Sir Derek Jacobi for these four metaphysical, metafictional audio adventures is Alexander Vlahos (Dorian Gray), Richard Earl (Dr. John Watson), Ella Smith (Medusa), Greg Austin (Perseus), Gethin Anthony (the Shadow), Burn Gorman (Lestrade) and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks.
Here’s what each of the writers had to say about their stories.
The Wrath of Medusa by Rochana Patel
Crashing into a universe of fiction, the Master finds himself lost in a world of Greek mythology... with a Dalek assault squad close behind.
The Shadow Master by Lizzie Hopley
As the Master plunders inconceivable artefacts from an impossible universe, he encounters a figure that may prove his greatest threat: his own Shadow.
Lizzie Hopley said: “The idea that the Master is living in this world where there are no rules and none of the inhabitants know who he is and what he’s capable of is very menacing. The Shadow has a naivety about him and yet is so ambitious. To have him come up against the intelligence and cruelty of the Master was truly horrible.”
The Adventure of the Deceased Doctor by Alfie Shaw
When Dr. John Watson is informed of his own murder, only the world’s greatest consulting detective can assist. He just happens to come from a different world.
Alfie Shaw said: “With the Master as a Moriarty-type figure, pitching him against Holmes and Watson was the obvious route but it was a bit too similar to putting him up against the Doctor. So, I decided to have him be Holmes and solving crimes with Watson. It opened the story up to go in more interesting directions.”
Seeking the power of immortality, the Master works himself into the life of Dorian Gray. But can he change how the story ends?
David Llewellyn said: “The Master’s role in this is as a kind of puppet master figure who nudges Dorian even further into moral turpitude. It’s Oscar Wilde’s story of a man obsessed with and corrupted by his own beauty, driven wildly off course by an evil Time Lord.”
All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.
Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.