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Gordon Tipple is a Canadian-based actor who portrayed the Master in the opening sequences of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, which was produced in Vancouver. Tipple is credited as "the Old Master" to differentiate him from Eric Roberts, who played the Master for the rest of the film.

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Gordon Tipple in an episode of The X-Files

Gordon Tipple Dressed as the Master

Gordon Tipple Dressed as the Master on behind the scenes of the TV movie

Tipple's role was originally a bit larger, with him delivering the prologue voiceover before it was decided to have Paul McGann do the introduction from the point of view of the Eighth Doctor. Tipple appears on-screen for only a few moments, and retains a billing on the closing credits despite no longer having any lines, and his face being obscured from view, leaving it unclear what his version of the Master is meant to look like without consulting promotional stills for the telemovie. It is not known if he is intended to be playing the same incarnation of the Master as portrayed by Anthony Ainley, or a different Master.

His brief appearance notwithstanding, Tipple is the first and, to date, only Canadian actor to play one of the major characters in the Doctor Who franchise.

Tipple has a large number of Canadian-based TV credits to his name, including The X-Files, The Dead Zone, The Outer Limits, and the Highlander TV series.

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