Inventing the Master – Interview with Terrance Dicks (pt 2)


G There are so many theories on this. Please just say yes, no, warm or hot on any of them! The Doctor and Master were brothers?

T All that is speculation. None of that is official

G The Doctor and Master were two sides of the same person, the id and the ego?

T Well, metaphorically if you like to put it like that, yes, the good versus the evil. The Master had some good in him.

G I think the other thing is the Master has sometimes been quite controversial in the way that he has been used as a dramatic device. There is a theory about the Master as articulated by a writer in ‘License Denied’ who voted for the Master as the series’ ‘All time worst villain’; "the rationale is consider who he is. The Master is a semi-regular adversary for the Doctor, he reoccurs, he is not Moriarty who appears in one Sherlock Holmes specifically to destroy the great detective, he is not therefore, the Doctor’s nemesis, he is therefore an arch enemy in the mould of the Joker or Blofeld and it is the nature of such characters to pop up regularly to pester the protagonist. Theirs is a mutually defining and endless loop of hero-villain antics". Have you any comments on this?

T It provides people with an opportunity to amuse themselves by spinning various fantastic theories. And best of luck to them! It’s got nothing to do with me and nothing to do with Doctor Who. Well, it’s about Doctor Who, but it’s got nothing to do with the show. Its just fans! Spinning lunatic fans! And why not!

G I love Delgado’s Master on the whole. Do you think the character would have been better served if it had ended with Delgado?

T Well, it is such a good character that it would have been a pity to waste it. I always felt sorry for Anthony Ainley because Roger was such a tough act to follow, and everybody’s going to say he’s not as good.

G So fast forward to 2007. We’ve had Cybermen; we’ve had Daleks; we’ve had regenerations. What we haven’t had is the Master, though.

T Well, there are rumours that we are going to.

G If you were bringing him back, how would you like to see him brought back?

T Difficult to say as it’s the only other part like the Doctor that depends very heavily on casting. I don’t think his character was going to change except in terms of the actor that plays him. There is an argument that the mistake they made was with having the carbon copy Master, and there’s something to be said for having a completely different character who is yet the same man. That will be interesting to see.

G The clips I’ve seen of John Simm, seem to suggest he is going to be more like a Tony Blair reincarnation.

TLess sinister, more charm you mean?! Some of the clips do seem to show a Tony Blair figure. The Conservative demon eyes poster!

G Time will tell. Terrance, thanks very much!


Interviewer: Gareth Kavanagh, Editor: Steve Preston, Black Scrolls Magazine


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