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For The Love Of StoriesBig Finish produce fantastic full-cast audio dramas for CD and download.

The Time War incarnation of the Doctor’s best enemy is back, and the two Time Lords face each other once more - but who remembers whom?

7.1 The Forest of Penitence by Lou Morgan
Waking in an unusual forest with no memory of how he arrived there, the Master has little choice but to seek help from other survivors. But what is it they’ve all survived?

7.2 The Players by Una McCormack
On the planet Trabus, the Master discovers a society where nobody is innocent and the only true crime is to be a less successful villain than those around you.

7.3 Boundaries by Lizbeth Myles
As his companion Cole attempts to save a world, the Master discovers an extraterrestrial entity that threatens to spread across the globe.

7.4 The Last Line by Lizzie Hopley
At the mercy of an ancient and powerful race, the Master calls upon his oldest friend in his hour of need. The problem is he doesn’t recognise this incarnation of the Doctor… while the Doctor knows this Master all too well.

Recorded on: dates in June, July and October 2020, June, July and August 2021
Recorded at: The Soundhouse and recorded remotely


The War Master: Self-Defence takes four very different writers and allows them the chance to tell four very interconnected tales that explore the War Master as a character and his place in the universe and the Time War, contrasted with a Doctor post-Time War. Derek Jacobi... continues to excel under the direction of Scott Handcock, as the sets continue to stick towards the darker stories. 9/10.

Indie Mac User

From making the most of Jacobi's talents to a fan-pleasing reunion well-realized, Self-Defence is another triumph for a range that has taken Big Finish from strength to strength.

Warped Factor

The War Master: Self-Defence is a good set if you’re looking for an entry into a new part of the Whoniverse. The entire set has the essence of Doctor Who all over it, and provides a more intimate look into The Doctor’s greatest foe. Derek Jacobi is truly excellent, bringing humour and light-heartedness along with the dark sinister side fans know from The Master.


The Cosmic Circus

With each release, The War Master continues to demonstrate why it is the top tier of all Big Finish ranges, Doctor Who or otherwise. Derek Jacobi laps up every rich piece of dialogue and has such huge presence, you can’t help but enjoy the ride. Producer and director Scott Handcock has a fantastic vision for every volume release.

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  • Product Format: 4-disc CD (jewel case in slipcover)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Duration: 306 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-779-3
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-83868-780-9
  • Production Code: BFPDWWMAR07
Previous release in this range: The War Master: Killing Time
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