Clara: Since when do you care about the Doctor?
Missy: Since always. Since the Cloister Wars. Since the night he stole the moon and the President’s wife. Since he was a little girl. One of those was a lie, can you guess which one?
Clara: He’s not your friend. You keep trying to kill him.
Missy: He keeps trying to kill me. Sort of our texting. Been at it for ages.
Clara: Mmm, must be love.
Missy: Oh, don’t be disgusting. We’re Time Lords, not animals. Try, Nano-brain, to rise above the reproductive frenzy of your noisy little food chain and contemplate friendship.
This series of articles will deal with certain Doctor Who monsters. First up, we’ve got the Master, the Doctor’s Time Lord arch-enemy, and ironically, perhaps his best friend from the same species at the same time. For the sake of simplicity, I will be limiting this to his TV appearances instead of novels/comics/audios.
The Master first appears in season 8’s opener, Terror of the Autons (1971), which quickly established his character-his evil schemes-including questionable alliances with fellow enemies of the Doctor and various other hostile aliens; his satanic beard, his frequent use of aliases and disguises, his deadly shrinking ray (although Delgado didn’t use it as much as his successors) and his penchant for hypnotism-and also, his relationship with the Doctor.
The Master appeared in every single story of season 8, until he was captured by UNIT at the end of “The Daemons”, a story in which he tried to gain power from a devil-like alien.
He next appears in “The Sea Devils” where he says he’s reformed (although he’s still in jail) but is in fact brewing another plot with the “Sea Devils” aquatic relatives of the Silurians (From Pertwee’s first season). He gets into a fencing match with the Doctor, and expresses confusion and amusement at “The clangers” a British children’s show, mistaking the stop-motion animated mice for an alien species. At the end, he escapes to fight another day, in particular the story “The Time Monster”.
He next appears in Frontier In Space, where he’s working with the Daleks and employing his hypnotism abilities on a wider scale to trick Earth and an alien race-the Draconians-into an interstellar war so they’ll destroy each other and he and the Daleks can take over what’s left.
This would mark Delgado’s final appearance in the series, as he died in a car accident. A serial that would end the third Doctor’s era in a confrontation with the Master-“The Final Game”-was shelved as a result, and replaced with “Planet of the Spiders”. However, this would not be the end of the Master.
The Master next appears in “The Deadly Assassin” played by Peter Pratt,where he manipulates events on Gallifrey-the Doctor’s homeworld-to try to gain access to the power of the Eye of Harmony. Here, the Master appears in a corpse-like state, as he’s used up his regenerations and is clinging to life just barely. He hopes to use the eye to give him a new regeneration cycle, but the Doctor thwarts his plans.
The Master next appears in “The Keeper of Traaken” where he’s disguised his TARDIS as a “Melkur” a living statue, and uses it to control politics on the planet so he can gain the planet’s power source to once again regain his regenerations. Although he’s shown as merely the Melkur in the first few scenes, he is eventually revealed in his corpse-like state again (although with less bulgy eyes and painted on teeth).
Although he’s defeated once again, he uses his remaining powers to meld with Tremas (Get it?) an ally of the Doctor’s during the adventure.
This turns him into a more youthful version of Tremas, but also gives him his signature ‘bearded’ look back.
The Master-once again using his shrinking ray-then tries to manipulate the Doctor into going into Logopolis, where his messing around with their systems there nearly causes the universe to collapse. Briefly teaming up with the Doctor, he’s able to stop the collapse, but soon reverts back to his evil ways, with his actions killing the Fourth Doctor.
He then immediately causes problems for the newly regenerated Doctor by making a deadly trap for him in “Castrovalva”. In this, “Time Flight” and “King’s Demons” he continues to use various disguises to further his schemes.
In the Five Doctors, he is sent by the Time Lords to rescue various incarnations of the Doctor from the Death Zone. Of course, he’s not trusted by them, and forms a partnership with the Cybermen, before literally shooting them in the back.
He then next appears in “Planet of Fire”, where he’s shrunk himself and is using the android Kamelion-used in his scheme in “King’s Demons”-as a proxy to help gain the power of the planet’s flames so he can re-grow himself. However at the end of the story he appears to burn up and die.
However, he’s back in the Sixth Doctor era, teaming up with female evil time lady the Rani.
He then appears in the next season’s “Trial of a Time Lord”, where he reveals the truth about the Doctor’s innocence in the trial. Of course he wants to do so to fufill his own ends.
The Master next appears in the final story of the classic series, “Survival”, where he’s stuck on a Cheetah planet and is slowly becoming one of them, with fangs and teeth. He uses a turned person to return to Earth and attempts to kill the Doctor and also capture the TARDIS. The two engage in a brutal duel, with the Doctor almost turning into a Cheetah person himself before relealizing that violence isn’t going to work. The Master nearly kills him but the Doctor is able to teleport to Earth in time, and the Master’s fate is unknown…
But as they state in the story:
The Master: It seems we must always meet again.
The Doctor: They do say opposites attract.