Monday, 25 December 2017


The very lovely Simon Meade moderates two really good Doctor Who Fan Pages on Facebook  (Journey Into The TARDIS and The Ark In Space - check them out!). He's asked some of the members to write up reviews of a Capaldi story of their choice to help commemorate his departure from the show. 

Knowing that a lot of fans don't have the nicest things to say about Sleep No More, I thought I would tackle it and give it some more positive representation. Deciding it might also be fun to put one more entry in the blog before the year was over, I decided to post it here. 

Hope you enjoy this Special Bonus. Happy Holidays!  


In all honesty, I adore the "Found Footage" genre. It's not even a guilty pleasure - I think it's a great way to put a story together. I haven't just enjoyed the popular stuff like Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. I've gone into more obscure realms like The Last Excorcism. I've even gone all the way back to the beginning and sat through Cannibal Holocaust (be warned: you will lose just a little bit of your soul if you watch this movie). Found Footage works especially well for scary stuff. So much horror, nowadays, feels so overproduced. The are so many super-choreographed, slow motion sequences going on that we're too busy marveling at the visuals and actually forgetting to be frightened. Found Footage returns things to a nice brutal raw state. The horror becomes very natural again. And that can be very effective.

When I heard Doctor Who was doing a Found Footage story, I was a bit on the ecstatic side. I know a lot of fandom was very uncertain about it - but I was looking forward to it. I was pretty sure, even before I saw it, that I would love it.

I was right.

One thing that I really appreciate about Sleep No More is that it immediately sidesteps one of the biggest problems of the Found Footage genre. The "Why would anyone keep holding on to a camera during all this horrible stuff?!" problem. A few years back, I sat through the movie Cloverfield. About two-thirds of the way into the film, I could no longer suspend my disbelief. For the plain and simple reason that I could no longer support the idea that any human being would still be filming everything while he was trying to leg it out of a city that was being attacked by a Godzilla-like giant monster. He would have dropped the camera ages ago cause it was slowing him down too much and the movie should have ended at that point.

Sleep No More sets up a clever premise that enables us to maintain our belief. Rasmussen, a clearly mad scientist, has created a special story for us using the security cameras of the space station he's on and the helmet cams of a rescue team that arrives there. Later, of course, things get even more surreal as we discover that the very dust can stream footage. But, for me, it all works. We can enjoy the rawness of the genre without having its credulity pushed too far. And Doctor Who can delve into a whole new realm effectively. In order to truly cement the boldness of it all, we get the first episode in the long history of the show that doesn't use the title sequence. These clever conventions, alone, cause me to fall in love with this adventure.

But there's so much more to Sleep No More than just a clever use of the genre. It really is a cool story. Yes, perhaps a few elements are a bit hard to swallow. Monsters made of eye-boogers is a bit of a stretch. But that's probably the closest I come to a genuine complaint. Otherwise, I think the whole thing flows quite smoothly. There's definitely a lot of tension and suspense to the tale. Most of it created by the cinematography. Yes, it's a futuristic sci fi story on a space station - but it still feels like we're watching something real. And that makes it feel all the creepier.

This is, perhaps, not Mark Gatiss' best script. I don't mean that in a cruel way. It's still very solidly written - it's just that he has stories I enjoy better! I certainly like the futuristic society that he creates here, though. Particularly the way everyone says "May the gods look favorably upon you." It's a nice touch.

Sleep No More offers a few nice twists, too. Most of them evolving around Rasmussen, himself. As we learn, more and more, what this special video is all about (he did warn us not to watch it!) we have to give some serious props to Gatiss. He put in some nice layers. And the final reveal of what Rasmussen truly is becomes a very iconic and chilling moment. I will, forever, remember the image of him crumbling away and pointing out: "You have something right there in the corner of your eye"

Speaking of endings, I love that Sleep No More joins the ranks of stories like Genesis and Victory of the Daleks by having a conclusion where the Doctor doesn't quite win. The Sandmen will continue to proliferate while our heroic Time Lord merely takes off in his TARDIS happy to have his skin intact. There's meant to be a sequel, of course. So far, it hasn't happened. I almost hope it doesn't. It's just so much creepier to leave things off on this note.

I know lots of people don't share the same opinion that I have of Sleep No More. A Doctor Who episode being shot in such a manner strayed too far from the show's established formula. But that's actually why I do like the episode so much. It's yet more proof that Doctor Who can do anything. Even if it's not always accepted so well by everybody!

Friday, 22 December 2017


And so, we reach the end...


Admittedly, Missy was difficult to accept. For some reason, I did not like the idea that Time Lords could change genders when they regenerate (forgive me if that causes me to appear sexist). Yes, there had already been any number of discussions about casting a woman as a Doctor - but it was all talk. It hadn't happened yet so I could stay happy in my theory that male Time Lords always stay male and Time Ladies are always Time Ladies. Even when it's mentioned in The Doctor's Wife that the Corsair could, sometimes, be a woman - I took that more as the Doctor just talking nonsense (Eleven was quite good for that).

But then we get that big revelation at the end of Dark Water. The Master has done what I never wanted a Time Lord to do. This is truly it: Gallifreyans can have sex changes without major surgery. And they've demonstrated this fact through the Time Lord I least wanted to see do it!

Still, that revelation was made in a totally awesome manner. Giving us the most stupendous of cliffhangers. But even if the whole thing hadn't been done in such a spectacular fashion, I knew I needed to give a proper chance to this new incarnation of what I feel is the greatest TV villain (and one of the best villains, ever) before passing judgement.

 I was so glad I kept my mind open!

I think what I love most about Missy is just how truly unique she is from her predecessors. Not only is she a different gender -  but her character, in general, is handled very differently from the rest of the rogue's gallery that she's a part of.

There are, of course, many traits that make her so different. But there's two that I really want to home in on:

1) Cameo Appearances:

Do you remember the flashback sequence in Caves of Androzani? All these floating heads of the Fifth Doctor's former companions are calling out to him and telling him not to die. And then, suddenly, the Ainley Master appears and tells him to do the exact opposite. And it would seem that it's the goading of his enemy rather than the support of his friends that compels him to survive.

It's a cool sequence for various reasons. One of them being that it was great to just see the Master do a cameo. Up until then, if the Master appeared, it meant we were going to get a Master Story. It was so cool to just see him pop up briefly in an adventure that wasn't really about him.

Amazingly enough, no one thinks of doing this again until Deep Breath. But when Missy does appear at the end to greet the deceased cyborg, it's a magnificent moment that builds up all sorts of intrigue. Missy's cameos throughout Series Eight become the main arc of the season. Which gives her a real presence in all kinds of episodes that aren't properly about her. It's a great device that causes those final two episodes of Series Eight to be all the more poignant. 

That device gets used again but in a different way throughout Series Ten. Even though it's not revealed that Missy is inside the Vault until Episode Six, her presence is still felt throughout the first half of the season. Whatever mystery lies within the Vault is discussed quite heavily in each episode. Little clues that insinuate her presence are given throughout those first five episodes, too. Like the way the piano music gets excited when the Doctor tells her he's got a story about teenagers dying.

Of course, after it's revealed that Missy is in the Vault, her cameos increase. The latter half of Series Ten focuses quite heavily on an attempt to reform her. Once more,we get to enjoy Missy in small doses throughout those episodes. Only in the season finale is she featured more fully. Again, it's done very effectively.

I love that Missy is used in such a manner. It gives us the same effect as the notorious Delgado Season without actually over-using the villain. We really feel that we know Missy because we've seen so much more of her. But we haven't gotten tired of her. It was a great way to involve her in the show.

2) Character Growth:

Easily, the trait about her that I love the most. This is, in fact, the thing that made her climb to Number One on this list. In his other incarnations, the Master is more of just a foil to the Doctor. An anti-thesis, if you will. He represents the exact opposite choice the Doctor made.

Because of this, the character stays very constant. Yes, he tends to go more and more mad as he gets older, but there's still no real sense of growth to the character within each incarnation. The Delgado Master, for instance, seems like the same person in Frontier In Space that he was in Terror of the Autons. He has neither progressed or regressed at any point. He's this very suave-but-evil man who seems to seek some sort of approval from the Doctor as much as he wants to destroy him. That sense of consistency has a certain entertainment value to it. But it would have been nice to see him be a bit more three-dimensional. To, maybe, see him learn a lesson or two from his experiences. Or even soften a bit in later adventures (perhaps he actually shows mercy to one of those people he uses on a regular basis by allowing them to live rather than killing them once they have fulfilled their function). Or anything that indicates the years have changed him a bit. But he's still just a repressed sadist throughout his entire era. It almost seems like he's grown a bit at the beginning of The Sea Devils, but we see in later episodes that it was all just a front.

This is not another attempt from me to criticize the Great Delgado. I could use any incarnation that we've seen and make the same point (in this sense, you can't pick on Roberts too hard - how much character growth can you put into just one appearance?!). The idea of trying to get the character to evolve a bit has just never been explored.

Until, at last, we reach Missy.

The first sign of character development happens during that huge twist at the end of Death In Heaven. After building an unbeatable Cyber-army, she hands control of all her forces over to the Doctor. Never could we imagine any other versions of the Master doing this. The fact that Missy does indicates that the character is going to go in some very different directions than her predecessors.

The evolution continues in Magician's Apprentice/Witch's Familiar as Missy sets out to, specifically, save the Doctor. Yes, there have been alliances between the two of them over the years. The Master was even influential in saving the Doctor in his trial during Ultimate Foe. But any time he's been helpful to his arch-rival it's because he stood to benefit from the gesture in some way. This is the first time the character has acted out of sheer friendship. She's still quick to point out that she's evil - but we can see Missy continuing to move along a redemption arc.

Of course, a key aspect of Series 10 is that final journey that Missy takes to become truly good. While she's very shaky, in places (particularly as she starts interacting with her previous self), Missy does choose to stand at the Doctor's side at the end of her time. Her journey does complete itself.

Even if she had, ultimately, chosen to remain a baddie - watching a character that has always remained constant go through an evolutionary process of some sort was an absolute delight. There's a lot of things that I greatly enjoyed about Missy. But it's the fact that Moff decided to take her through a character arc of any sort that sets her above all the rest. It completely re-defined the rules of the Master. It even offered us a little hope. No matter how genuinely evil a person may seem, there's hope they can change for the better. It's a bit beautiful, really. An adjective I never thought I could attach to the character.

Final Thoughts...

Some of you who have followed this may have been noticing a certain inconsistency, here. A few entries back, I complain about the Simm Master being so crazy. That the New Series Master really shouldn't keep moving in that direction. But Missy is quite openly mad, too. Shouldn't I be just as bothered by this?

Yes, I should. But, somehow, I'm not. I think it's how Michelle Gomez plays the role that gets me to be okay with it. Simm seems to go too OTT with it whereas Gomez is more controlled and measured. She just gets it to work even though I really would like the character to go in a different direction. Moff's writing probably has something to do with it, too. A lot of her dialogue seems to indicate that she's quite aware that she's out of her head. And, somehow, that keeps the camp that Simm over-indulged in down to a bare minimum.

Michelle Gomez has announced that she intends to leave when Capaldi leaves (or, at the very best, she'll come back to do a regeneration scene). I'm saddened, of course. The only thing that would make her cooler is if she did an Anthony Ainley and played against several Doctors. But, like his/her greatest adversary, changes must happen from time-to-time. We will get a new Master and/or Missy soon. I don't envy the replacement. They have big shoes to fill.

And thus concludes our annual end-of-the-year countdown. Enjoy what's left of 2017, folks. I'll see you again in the New Year with new subjects to be pedantic about...

The other posts in the series: 

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Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Didn't get enough of the Master? Here's a whole special series I wrote about him a while back: 

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Part 2:

Part 3:

Appendix A:

Monday, 11 December 2017



"What?!!" you may be saying to yourself, right now, "Is he really trying to say he liked the Corpse Master better than Roger Delgado?!!"

There is something delightful about the unabashed earnestness of the Corpse Master. Particularly since he follows Delgado. While Delgado waltzed about acting charming most of the time and only hinted at being an evil sadist, Corpse Master does the exact opposite. He makes no pretenses. You need only glance at him to see he's rotten to the core. The contrast between him and the previous incarnation we've seen makes clear the point of desperation that he's reached. He's truly at his bottom.

Because he's so desperate, he is more treacherous and ruthless than he's ever been (and ever will be, for that matter). His manipulation of Gallifreyan politics and complete meglamania as he seizes control of the Eye of Harmony just to extend his lifespan are great spectacles to behold. For once, the Master really does seem effective. The Doctor beats him out of luck more than anything (if that service shaft hadn't been there - he would've been done for!).

Yes, there is one big problem with his first appearance. The fright mask does get in the way of things a bit. But, really, Peter Pratt acts his socks off so much that I don't think it's much of a problem. And I really do love the Master in this story. He is so consumed with hatred that we really do buy into what the Doctor says when he claims him to be "the quintessence of evil". His appearance and attitude are downright Satanic. I would have been more-than-happy to see this Master several more times. It's certainly implied at the end of Deadly Assassin that we will.

Unfortunately, he only returns one more time. Confusingly enough, he's played by a different actor. Fortunately, Geoffrey Beevers does an equally effective performance.

While there are slight changes in the interpretation - this is definitely the same Master. His M.O. remains constant. Once more, he's playing a Long Game in which he's taking advantage of delicate political situations. And it's all being done to get close to an enormous source of power that will enable him to artificially extend his lifespan. This is, perhaps, the one advantage to only two appearances of this incarnation. The story is, more or less, the same on both occasions. But, because it's not five Delgados in a row, we can actually enjoy the consistency.

Beevers goes for a slightly subtler performance because he doesn't have to shout through a mask. But he is still just as chilling and genuinely unsettling as his predecessor. Sadly, we don't see him properly revealed as the Master until Keeper of Traken is nearly over. But that voice! It gives such presence to an art-deco statue with glowing eyes! Melkur is actually a pretty good villain even before we find out the truth of him. The fact that it was actually the Master all along makes the whole thing that much more awesome!

Those final few moments between the Beevers Master and Doctor Four are very brief but still gripping. Both actors seem to do so much with so little. Both seem to really understand the history between the two characters and play it up to its fullest. Beevers' escape in a nearby grandfather clock is great fun (only when writing about Doctor Who, can you use terms like "escape in a nearby grandfather clock"!). Watching him take over Tremas' body at four minutes to midnight is the most fantastic of codas.

I love this Master. I wish he had been explored more on television. I understand that Big Finish has done a lot more to develop him - but I am a purist about these things. I like to see legitimate screentime rather than audio plays and suchlike. Both versions of the Corpse Master were utter delights to watch. A great incarnation that should have gotten more attention than it did.

Previous installments: 

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Part 3:

How is it possible for this incarnation of the Master to be played by two different actors? I explore this idea a bit here:

Friday, 8 December 2017


We're nearing the top of the list. Revealing this Master will, of course, give away who made it to Number One. I hope you will enjoy both entries. Even when you've worked things out. 


For years, Anthony Ainley lived in the shadow of Roger Delgado. Not only did a lot of fans claim to like Delgado better, but many laid heavy criticism at Ainley's doorstep. The term "pantomime" was frequently used when describing his performance (but then, people were saying that all over the place about the JNT era. Most of them, I suspect, didn't even know what the term actually meant!). Apparently, not only was Ainley's acting terrible - but all of his stories were utter drivel. For so long, his Master was not looked upon very favorably. Some people still seem to heavily dislike him to this day.

But most of fandom came to terms with the fact that 80s Who was viewed ultra-critically and some serious re-evaluation was required. It helped, of course, that New Who fans were going back to watch the old stuff and saying: "Why are you saying this is so bad?!". Established Fan Wisdom had to get chucked out the window and those curmudgeonly Old Who Fans started becoming more objective about the stuff they had crapped on for years. As they changed their views, they were forced to admit that Ainley was actually a pretty good Master.

I, of course, am willing to sound pretentious enough to claim that I knew this all along. I have always loved Ainley's Master. Even back when it was popular to claim he was awful.

I will be the first to admit, part of this is based purely on nostalgia. Ainley was my first Master. My initial encounter with the character was in Castrovalva. I had been watching Doctor Who in a somewhat random fashion at the time (to better understand my early days viewing habits, check out my Second Anniversary Specail: Up until that story, I had no idea the Doctor even had an arch rival. I certainly thought it was cool that there was someone else in his reality that lived a similar lifestyle but sought to rule the Universe rather than just enjoy it. I even liked that he looked like a traditional melodrama villain with his dark clothes and goatee. It helped that Castrovalva was a really strong story. Particularly that "You created us, man of evil, but we are free..."ending. If I had just waited a few weeks and had started watching the show more consistently during Time Flight, I might have very different feelings about this incarnation.

As with any other incarnation I've discussed, there are shortcomings. Time Flight is certainly one of them. Even though I have admitted that it is a bit of guilty pleasure (another link so soon?! Geez! Slow down, Rob:, the story still has a lot of problems. One of the major ones being that Ainley does seem to twirl his mustache a bit too hard in this one. He's going just a little too OTT, in places and the pantomime accusations are valid, for once. Any of his other stories, I actually think he does a great job of "walking the line" between relishing his villainy but not going too far with it. But, here, it's hard to take him seriously. In Ainley's defense, he seems to learn his lesson from this misfire and reigns himself in accordingly, afterwards. Time Flight, however, is definitely his low point.

My other major problem with this Master is one based more on writing than performance. I've griped about this in several other entries so I won't dwell on it long. But I do hate how no effort was made to explain how the Master was escaping from his various horrid fates at the end of each of his stories (bar The Five Doctors). I actually loved that he was being trapped in these horrible situations. It was a great way to leave off with him. But, when I started seeing that we were never going to be told how he was getting out of them, it really marred my enjoyment of this incarnation.

Aside from that, I actually have a lot of praise for how this Master was written. Finally! We're getting a legitimate variety of plots. Yes, we still have stories like Logopolis or The King's Demons where he's still meddling with things he can't control in order to take over the Universe. That's always going to be the Master and we need stories like that from time-to-time. But we also get stories like Castrovalva or Mark of the Rani where he's trying to lay a big trap for his mortal enemy. Or stories like Time Flight, Planet of Fire and Survival where he's done something to get himself in trouble and he's just trying to get out of it. Or even the notorious "Master playing second fiddle" stories. Few fans seem to realize it, but the first story like this was The Five Doctors (Borusa was, technically, the main villain in that story). And then, of course, there's Mark of the Rani and Ultimate Foe. A lot of people actually complained about stories like these - but I loved them. I thought it was great watching the Master be more of a background character who was just wandering about causing trouble while the main villain had to deal with both him and the Doctor. It actually gave the character more of a chance to just be sinister. Particularly in Mark of the Rani - where he seems to spend the better part of the plot just sort of lurking in the shadows and being malevolent.  It was great how the Master would even be helpful to the Doctor in these sorts of stories because it suited his purposes to do so. When the Master is the main baddie, it's far trickier to contrive these sort of temporary alliances. But they happen all over the place when he's not the main antagonist. No, in my book, letting the Master be a subsidiary villain from time-to-time is the best thing you can do for the character. When Delgado's Master formed alliances with other monsters, he was still the central threat. Ainley really was the first Master to take a back seat in an adventure. I think it really worked well.

One must also admire Ainley's dedication to the role. Most Masters play to only one incarnation of the Doctor and move on when he does. But Ainley played alongside the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors. He even met the first three incarnations during The Five Doctors. Really, if you want to get technical, he's the Master who has fought the Doctor the most. That, to me, adds more street cred to his incarnation.

Having the same Master stay on for so long was a nice consistency that allowed us to really see some interesting dynamics with the various Doctors. Ainley's interpretation of the role didn't change much, but how he responded to each incarnation of the Doctor changed greatly. This always made for fun viewing. It was something I looked forward to in the 80s when each new actor took on the role of the Doctor. I couldn't wait to see how he would face off against the Master. The Master always staying the same during this period made their confrontations more interesting for me. How the Master responded to the new man in front of him revealed a lot about that new man's character.

And then, of course, there's the disguises. No Master seemed to love them more than the Ainley Master. Sometimes, he took things too far. Disguising himself as Kalid for no readily apparent reason in Time Flight was certainly quite silly. But, most of the time, the Master's disguises were awesome. Did anyone see through the Portreeve in Castrovalva? I doubt it! In fact, we all thought Shardovan was the Master in disguise. Or how about the fact that he really doesn't wear all that much of a disguise in The King's Demons and still fools us? Which actually says a lot about Ainley's skills as an actor. He really can imbue different characters most effectively. Look at the fact that he, actually, plays another character entirely before we even encounter him as the Master. A character who is, very much, the anti-thesis of the Master. A warm gentle father who has the misfortune of being named Tremas. - an anagram of the villain he is to become. But Ainley really is Tremas until his moment as the Master arrives. He sells both roles very convincingly. Which makes those "pantomime performance" accusations seem all the more ludicrous. The guy has definite chops.

I'm very happy it's Ainley's Master in The Five Doctors. It's a benchmark story that we will look back upon for years to come (we already have, in fact). It pleases me that, as we look back on it, we'll see this version of the Master. The Five Doctors was a celebration of all that's wonderful in Doctor Who.

And Ainley's Master was exactly that.

Links to the rest of the List: 

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Saturday, 2 December 2017


Movin' right along. The ranking of this particular incarnation will, no doubt, cause some controversy. Many say he's the best. Whereas I just think he's okay. 


He is, without a doubt, the definitive Master. We appreciate Delgado in much the same way that we respect Hartnell. Both create that fundamental core that all other actors to play the part must base their own interpretation upon. Just like Hartnell, we still end up seeing some very wild variations on those initial foundations. But props must still be given to Delgado for bringing the character to life. He did such a good job that the Master is still kicking around so many years later.

I will even admit that it would be nice for the next performer to take on the role to bring back some of the Delgado Master's more prominent attributes. I particularly love how suave this incarnation is. And we don't see that level of charm in any other version of him. It would be nice to see a Master who seems more composed. I loved the fact that the insanity is really only hinted at in this particular interpretation. We know the Delgado Master is a vicious sadist - but we only see it being displayed during certain extremes. Otherwise, his calmness is greatly unsettling. And there is much to be relished about that style of villainy. Delgado's Master definitely shows a lot of class.

So if he's so great - why am I only giving him a mid-ranking status? Why aren't I making him the best Master there ever was like most fans do? Well, that's the crux of it, right there - isn't it? If you've been following my blog for more than a few entries you very quickly get the impression that I don't get along well with Popular Fan Consensus. It's not some knee-jerk reaction that automatically causes me to dislike what other people like. There are plenty of things that are popular in Doctor Who that I greatly adore, too. But the stuff that fandom harps on about endlessly gets met with higher expectations when I examine them. Because I take this attitude, I do find certain things are actually a bit over-rated. Tom Baker, to me, is not the greatest Doctor, ever. Even though most seem to think so. And the same applies to the Delgado Master. I just don't think he's as awesome as most people think he is. I don't think he's awful, either. But I'm not as impressed as most of fandom is.

It's not just my oppositional attitude at play, here. Giving the Delgado Master five stories in a row when he was first introduced also did a lot of damage to my appreciation of him. So many appearances back-to-back very quickly revealed the limitations of the character. The Master, in this incarnation, always seems to be meddling with things that he thinks he can control (be it Autons, mind parasites, Doomsday Weapons or Azal the Daemon). The Doctor is always warning him that these things that he thinks he can control will come back and bite him in the ass. The Master scoffs him and presses on. The thing he thinks he can control will then turn around and bite him in the ass. The Master, in defeat, shakes his fist at the Doctor but lives to fight another day.

This is the formula for almost every Master story Delgado stars in (Claws of Axos and Frontier In Space are the two notable exceptions) and it gets the whole thing to feel just a bit tedious. That tedium is felt more poignantly when it's experienced over and over throughout an entire season. This many appearances at once also shows the Master getting defeated a whole bunch of times in a row. Being beaten so much reduces the credibility of the character considerably. By the end of Season Eight, he's not a threat I'm taking all that seriously.

Those are my two biggest issues with this incarnation of the Master. I have a few minor quibbles on top of that - but I won't bother to go into them, here.

Rather, I'll celebrate this Master a bit more. There is definitely that same sort of excitement that I get watching him as I do when I enjoy old Hartnell episodes. The character is in its infant stage and it's great watching various trademarks develop. We see, for the first time, his ability to hypnotize and his great love for disguise. We even get to witness a bit of the tissue compression eliminator at work (which gets a way better explanation in the novelization of Terror of the Autons!). It's all right there for us to enjoy with the knowledge that these traits will continue throughout many incarnations to come. It's a lot of fun.

It's this version of the Master that is also responsible for some of the most memorable moments in the show's history. I'll always remember that gorgeous scene where the Keller Machine shows the Master his greatest fear and it's a giant-sized image of the Doctor looming over him and laughing at him. Or the Master standing triumphantly at the edge of a ridge on the planet of the Ogrons and the Daleks suddenly trundle in behind him. I even love it when the Master keeps grumbling over how antiquated the Doctor's TARDIS is during Claws of Axos.

I could never get into the duel sequence in The Sea Devils, though. As fun of a fight as it is, I just can't look past the fact that a maximum security prison would leave a few swords conveniently lying around like that. Too big of a stretch for me!

The countdown will continue shortly...

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