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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (25 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844350312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844350315
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this audio because I had heard from a reliable source that Master was good. Master was not good...It was excellant! I could not turn away from this brilliant epic. I wish not to spoil the storyline for anyone, but I will say that it is for any Master fan. This story is very dark and even quite scary in places. It is more of a psychological thriller than a science fiction story. I urge all who read this to buy it. I repeat: BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Varian Beauregard on 30 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was the first audio play I ever heard, years ago. I didn't immediately fall in love with this format but I have warmed to it considerably since. However my opinion of this play has not changed at all, despite having now listened to it three times.

This is a dark, atmospheric and arresting tale of a gothic house, a sinister force and the nature of evil. It was quite scary when I first listened to it on my own in the dark! I love Sylvester McCoy's dark portrayal of the doctor as we saw in the last season of original doctor who on tv. But two things let this play down and prevent it from being truly excellent.

Firstly, although Sylvester's in-character narration of the main events is wonderful, the odd interspersions of the main proceedings with his conversations with the assassin seem too artificial. They remind me of an exaggerated theatre performance and detract from the otherwise convincing performances in evidence here.

Secondly, the wonderful build up is eventually let down by the explanations at the end which go on far too long and the secondary story from the doctors past is odd and less interesting. To put this another way, the initial set-up is brilliantly well-executed, but when the true nature of everything is unveiled instead of heightening and adding further depth to the drama, it somehow lessens the impact.

In conclusion, this is not the best `Big Finish' audio but it is well worth purchasing, especially if you liked that final season of the original doctor who tv series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 10 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Many years ago, on a dark and stormy night, the disfigured and enigmatic Doctor John Smith invited his closest friends, Inspector Victor Schaeffer and his wife Jacqueline, to a dinner to celebrate his birthday. A few hours later all the occupants in that house had been changed - some were dead, others mentally scarred forever by the events of that night.

"So, what happened to the distinguished dinner guests on that evening? Perhaps, we'll never know. But two clues have led to much speculation - found outside the study window, a charred umbrella with a curved red handle and found inside the house, a blood-stained copy of Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

"For one person, this night represented an ending: an ending to one thousand years of darkness and an ending to ten years of light.

"But, for everyone else, is there no ending of this one night of hell?"

"Master", by Joseph Lidster, is the conclusion to Big Finish's "Villains" trilogy released in 2003 to mark the 40th anniversary of "Doctor Who" and the run-up to Big Finish's 50th regular release, "Zagreus". Like the other "Villains" stories, "Omega" and "Davros", "Master" is a companionless story, being set during the Seventh Doctor's period spent travelling alone in the run-up to his regeneration.

"Master" is a fascinating experiment in that it plays very much like a stage play, with a very small cast of characters and, essentially, one location. Over the course of the four episodes, the characters' flaws and neuroses are revealed gradually through dialogue alone, making "Master" very much an introspective character piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Oct 2013
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Positive.
Sylvester McCoy plays his mysteriously darker Doctor capturing the tone magnificently.
A fantastic script by Joe Lidster giving a fresh spin on The Doctor/Master relationship.
Geoffrey Beavers sympathetic yet disturbing performance as Doctor John Smith this greek tragedy type play.

Negative.
The open ended conclusion I'd have prefered a final ending although the listerner can hint at what the outcome of the ending will be.
There no real sinster masterplan or alien attack which my put off some listener's.

Trivia.
Geoffrey Beavers was married to the late Caroline John Liz Shaw in Season7 Doctor Who with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee.
Phillip Madoc has appeared in several Doctor Who tv adventures including, The Krotons, The War Games, Brain Of Morbius, Power Of Kroll & did another Big Finish adventure The Kroton Invasion & featured as the German Captain in that classic Dad's Army episode.

Audio Info.
This is a 2 part CD running time 130 minutes.

Review.
The disfigured John Smith a man whom has no memory of his past, Tonight hosting a dinner party with his friends Inspector Victor Schafier & his wife Jacqueline in honour of his 10 year celebration of Doctor John Smiths new life.

But why is there a blood stained copy of Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde in the study & why is there a charred umbrella featuring a question mark handle found outside the grounds.

Tonight this celerbration is not just about new beginings it's also about endings an ending of a 1000 year sleep, A ending to 10 years of answered questions tonight maybe a new begining & a return of a old friend.
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