The Renaissance of The Master

Anthony Ainley presided over the renaissance of the Master.

The 80s saw a spectacular renaissance of the Master.

The Master was originally a Doctor-specific creation. He was the Anti-Pertwee, and his original function in Doctor Who was to provide either a convenient ‘Moriarty-style’ thorn of evil genius in the Third Doctor’s side (mainly, but not exclusively while he was trapped on Earth), or to be a gateway through which other monsters of the week could rock up in our part of the galactic neigbourhood, con the bejeesus out of everybody and threaten to kill us all, or turn our planet into a planet-sized wheel of brie.

Tony examined the renaissance of the Master, throughout the Peter Davison era in particular.

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