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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master's Back To His Manipulate Best
Positive.
Geoffrey Beevers creepy magnificent vocal tones bring to life a more sinister manipulate Master.
This story could be deemed as a pilot for a Master mini series boxset, One can hope.
This is superbly written by Jonathan Morris who knows how to write great Who storys.

Negative.
Very little really, It's only 60 minutes long & ends on...
Published 12 months ago by Timelord007

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3.0 out of 5 stars The clock strikes twelve
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. Which is also the beginning of the final series of them. These are a range of talking books which see actors who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor. The stories are usually two parters of...
Published 14 months ago by Paul Tapner


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master's Back To His Manipulate Best, 12 Oct 2013
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mastermind (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Geoffrey Beevers creepy magnificent vocal tones bring to life a more sinister manipulate Master.
This story could be deemed as a pilot for a Master mini series boxset, One can hope.
This is superbly written by Jonathan Morris who knows how to write great Who storys.

Negative.
Very little really, It's only 60 minutes long & ends on a cliffhanger.

Trivia.
Geoffrey Beevers was married to the late Caroline John(Liz Shaw).
Beevers & John appeared together in Big Finish Audio Dust Breeding, Featuring the Seventh Doctor & Ace.
Daphne Ashbrook & Yee Jee Tso featured in the Paul McGann Tv movie as Doctor Grace Holloway & Chang lee.

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This is a suitably sinister story to feature in the Companion Chronicles adventures as for going the usual narration this instead is played like a full cast play.

Captured in U.N.I.T.S vault The Master is back on earth his body decaying once again but how has he returned & why???.

Captain Ruth Matheson & Warrent Officer Charlie Sato are about to find out, Sent to interrogate The Master will he talk will he see reason after all there's nothing to worry about The Masters under lock & key isn't he???, Or is there a sting in the tale as to who's interrogating who.

Geoffrey Beavers makes The emaciated Master his own with his Vincent Price like tones & stealing ever scene his character's in.

Daphne Ashbrook & Yee Jee Tso do well as U.N.I.T officer's who's task is to interrogate the renegade Timelord as to how & why he's back on earth.

This is a well written play by Jonathan Morris who's storys always are entertaining packing a freshness & twists on the characters & the twist in this play is superbly executed.

The ending could start a mini series for The Master if Big Finished fancy doing something a little different, personally I'd love to see The Master get his own mini series box set as unlike the Doctor his morals or motives aren't restricted.

A great enjoyable adventure, The only minor fault was it's running time as it's the usual 60 minutes is the normal running time for these Companion Chronicle releases although I could've easily heard another hour as a 2 cd adventure.

Recommended to fans of Doctor Who or The Master.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The clock strikes twelve, 4 Aug 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mastermind (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. Which is also the beginning of the final series of them. These are a range of talking books which see actors who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor. The stories are usually two parters of roughly thirty minutes each, and complete on a single cd.

This one though, like the occasional other entry in the range, breaks that format.

Since copyright reasons mean Big Finish can't use the supporting characters Grace Holloway and Chang Lee from the 1996 Eighth Doctor TV movie, they did a story a couple of years back called Tales from the Vault (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles), which featured the two actors who played those characters as U.N.I.T. Soldiers working in a vault where alien artefacts are kept.

This story sees a return for those two, as they have to deal with the most dangerous thing the vault contains. An alien prisoner. A timelord called the Master. U.N.I.T. want to know how he got back to Earth and why he's now a decaying husk. But when interrogating the master of hypnotism and psychological manipulation, you have to be very careful....

Geoffrey Beevers, who played the role of the Master in the tv story 'The Keeper of Traken' returns to it here.

This story starts really well. It's interesting to return to the setting of tales from the vault. The two lead characters are a good pairing. There are also some nice bits of continuity and some good set up.

Once the interrogation gets going it's initially interesting, thanks to the details it fills in.

But this story isn't a two parter. It's one long one, of just over an hour. Which doesn't really help because it does start to get a bit repetitive. All the details you get start to become a bit samey, and a break in the middle would have really helped.

It gets into slightly different and clever territory in the second half, but this only fitfully maintains the interest.

All does come together nicely at the end though with a very surprising ending. But then things finish on a cliffhanger. Which does feel a bit unsatisfying.

This is a clever story and it's well written and acted but unfortunately the way it's presented just means it's not quite as compelling a listen as it could be.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range on the cd track right after the end of the story.

And an interview with the writer on the final track, which runs for just under eight minutes.
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