Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932-3 May 2004) was an actor best known for his semi-regular role as the Master in Doctor Who, portraying the character's second major form from 1981 to the programme's end in 1989. He reappeared in this role in the 1997 video game Destiny of the Doctors.
In 1942 he made his first appearance (uncredited) in the war propaganda film The Foreman Went to France. His first major break was in the 1965 TV show It's Dark Outside, in which he played Detective Sergeant Hunter. He also appeared in Naked Evil (1966), had an uncredited role in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967) and played Clive Hawksworth in the series Spyder's Web (1972).
Ainley played Rev Emilius in The Pallisers (1974). Its production manager, John Nathan-Turner, would eventually be in charge of Doctor Who. Ainley's Pallisers performance was so memorable that JNT offered him the role of the Master without an audition.
A keen cricketer and a member of the London Theatres Cricket Club, Ainley played the sport frequently from his retirement in the 1990s up to his death on 3 May 2004. The cause of his death wasn't released to the general public.
- In Castrovalva he was credited by the pseudonym Neil Toynay to avoid giving away plot details. This tactic was used on several later occasions - in Time-Flight he is credited as Leon Ny Taiy, and in The King's Demons as James Stoker (an anagram for "Master's Joke").
Doctor Who stories
As the Master
- TV: The Keeper of Traken
- TV: Logopolis
- TV: Castrovalva
- TV: Time-Flight
- TV: The King's Demons
- TV: The Five Doctors
- TV: Planet of Fire
- TV: The Caves of Androzani
- TV: The Mark of the Rani
- TV: The Ultimate Foe
- TV: Survival
- GAME: Destiny of the Doctors (a PC game based on Doctor Who)
- TV: Utopia (archive footage; voice only)
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