Two exciting adventures from Big Finish’s Doctor Who – Short Trips and featuring The Doctor’s enemy, The Master, are out today! The first story is called Master Thief and is written by Sophie Iles, and the second story Lesser Evils, by Simon Guerrier. Master Thief features the Third Doctor-era, which was portrayed in the series by Roger Delgado. Lesser Evils goes back to the 1980s Master portrayed by Anthony Ainley. Jon Culshaw narrates both stories.
These Short Trips are part Time Lord Victorious project, but can also be listened to as stand-alone episodes.
Time Lord Victorious is a multi-platform event including books, audios, comics, and more from several companies, including Big Finish Productions, Penguin Random House, Doctor Who Magazine, Titan Comics, Escape Hunt, Eaglemoss Hero Collector, Immersive Everywhere, Maze Theory, BBC Books, and BBC Audio.
The stories are directed by Lisa Bowerman and produced by Alfie Shaw. You can read the synopsis about them here:
Master Thief by Sophie Iles
The Master wants to plunder one of the most secure vaults in the universe, the Repository. He’s got a plan, and a deadly new weapon to assist him. However, as the Master quickly discovers, getting in might be easy, but getting away with it might cost him everything.
Lesser Evils by Simon Guerrier
The Kotturuh have arrived on the planet Alexis to distribute the gift of death to its inhabitants. The only person standing in their way is a renegade Time Lord, who has sworn to protect the locals. A Time Lord called the Master…
Producer Alfie Shaw talked about the process:
“We were given freedom to use whatever aspect of the Doctor Who universe we’d like to pull into Time Lord Victorious. Pitting the Master against the Kotturuh was an irresistible notion and utilising the incredible talents of Jon Culshaw gave us the opportunity to involve two incarnations of the Master that we don’t see much of in Big Finish’s output.”
About the two Master Short Trips, Director Lisa Bowerman said:
“The two Master Short Trips look into the very specific sides of the Master as portrayed by Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley. Both propose different possibilities as to what would put the Master on the back foot, and key into emotions and actions he cannot understand.”
Actor Jon Culshaw added about the stories:
“These were such compelling and fascinating stories and a joy to record. They are tantalizing glimpses into unseen chapters of the Master; the chilling, hypnotic, foreboding of the Delgado Master and the elegant, duplicitous shimmer of the Ainley Master!”
Doctor Who – Time Lord Victorious: Short Trips: Master Thief and Lesser Evils are available to purchase exclusively from the Big Finish website. More information about the Time Lord Victorious event is available here.