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Masters of War
The Masters of War front cover
Main character(s): The Doctor
Featuring: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Unbound)
Main enemy: Davros (Unbound), the Daleks (Unbound), the Quatch
Main setting: Skaro
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Eddie Robson
Director: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Producer: Martin Johnson
Release details
Release number: 8
Release date: December 2008
Format: 2 parts - 2 CDs
Production code: DWUN08
ISBN 978-1-84435-331-6
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Masters of War was the eighth Doctor Who Unbound audio story produced by Big Finish Productions, it was also a sequel to the second Unbound story Sympathy for the Devil. For this story David Warner reprised his role as an alternative Third Doctor alongside Nicholas Courtney as an alternative Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Also featuring in this story was Terry Molloy as an alternative version of Davros. This story was set hundreds of years following The Daleks and presents an alternative history free of the Doctor's presence in Genesis of the Daleks. This story was double the length of the previous Sympathy for the Devil (1 CD) being presented over 2 CDs.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor and his travelling companion, retired army officer Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, take a random trip in the TARDIS - and land on the planet Skaro. The Doctor helped the Thals to defeat the Daleks years ago, so he is surprised to find the Thal city under Dalek occupation. He determines to help them again, but what is the Daleks' purpose in keeping the Thals alive? Does it have anything to do with the Daleks' mythical creator, named in their teachings as Davros?

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References Edit

  • The Dalek/Thal war being caused by a third alien race, and Daleks being capable of coexisting with the Thals, were elements dropped from Terry Nation's original proposal for TV: The Daleks. [1]
  • The Thousand Year War and Davros' history are different (to the proper timeline), most notably that the war was considerably shorter than a thousand years and started closer to the end. The Quatch's involvement - and the Quatch themselves - do not seem to be caused by any difference in the Doctor's timeline.
  • The Daleks seen in the story were created by Davros to have a degree of compassion so they would not turn on him. This led to them developing the idea that because Daleks were superior to all other life, they had a duty to protect that life. When Davros left Skaro, most of this second batch went on a quest to find him; they returned after the events of TV: The Daleks and enslaved the unprepared Thals, in order to protect them from the Quatch. They make them work to strengthen them (via a process of social darwinism) and to strengthen the Daleks, thus protecting the Thals by making the Daleks stronger.
  • The Doctor uses a sonic screwdriver at one point.
  • The Brigadier gets food from the TARDIS' food machine.
  • The Quatch are from another dimension.
  • The Daleks mobilise several saucers to attack the Quatch.
  • The Dalek's gunsticks are detachable and can fire independently of the Daleks.
  • The Doctor has realised that he has left much chaos in his wake, and according to the Brigadier, he is now almost desperate to make amends.

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