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The Two Masters was the two hundred and thirteenth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by John Dorney and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Geoffrey Beevers and Alex Macqueen as the Master.

It was the third and final part of a "Multi-Master" trilogy.

Publisher's summary

The future is dying. All over the universe, gaps are beginning to appear. From the space lanes terrorised by the rag-tag remnants of the once-mighty Rocket Men, to the empire of the Gorlans, stricken by a terrible civil war. Gaps in space/time, portents of the end of everything.

Only three beings might prevent it. The Doctor, a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. The Master, another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. And another Master, yet another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey.

One Doctor. Two Masters. What could possibly go wrong?


Part one

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Part two

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Part three

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Part four

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  • The Rocket Men killed Jemima's family and kidnapped her.
  • The Master describes the Rocket Men as "a pathetic ragtag group of no-hopers with delusions of power on a cosmic scale".
  • The Master refers to Jemima as the Doctor's "monkey".
  • Blank patches of no-time appear throughout all of recorded history, and TARDISes need to "project" over them.
  • The new Master claims that the Doctor flatters himself by thinking of him as being the Moriarty to the Master's Holmes when he provides merely "adequate opposition worthy of very little attention".
  • The Gorlan are a silicate-based lifeform.
  • There were billions of casualties in the Gorlan Civil War.
  • The decayed Master uses the pseudonym "General Malgrove". "Malgrove" is the Gorlan word for "master".
  • The new Master claims that the entire fleet of the Unholy Protocol could not stop him.
  • The new Master describes the Fifth Doctor as "the drippy blonde one" who "wanders around like nobody's who's ever played cricket ever" while the decayed Master describes the Sixth Doctor as "the carnival clown".
  • The Doctor describes the incarnation of the Master who stole Tremas' body as having a taste for melodrama.
  • The Doctor objects to allowing the two Masters to meet, stating that it is forbidden by both the Blinovitch Limitation Effect and the Laws of Time.
  • The decayed Master, in the new Master's body, doesn't recognise the Seventh Doctor.
  • While waiting for the Cult of the Heretic to make a decision about his offer, the new Master reads a book, which is implied to be Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
  • The Doctor realises that the two Masters have switched as the decayed Master is usually a very serious sort while the other Master is more frivolous and willing to enjoy himself. He determines that each incarnation is acting like the other when he has a chance to hear them both in action.
  • During his "decayed" incarnation, the Master experienced pain which was almost unendurable.
  • The Cult of the Heretic worships a renegade Time Lord known as the Heretic.
  • The Doctor refers to the Grandfather Paradox.
  • The decayed Master tells that his future self that he has always wanted to kill one of the Doctor's companions.


  • Subscribers whose subscriptions included this story received the audio short story The Monkey House.
  • Part One of the story uses a pre-title sequence, a format used occasionally by Big Finish and the television series in the 1980s.
  • This is the first multi-Master story in performed Doctor Who.


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