|Age||unknown. Probably around 1000. Looks to be in his mid-to-late 30's.|
|Place of Birth||Gallifrey|
It's too late.Edit
The Master comes to Trans9 immediately following Last of the Time Lords. The last thing he remembers is refusing to regenerate after being fatally shot by his wife, Lucy Saxon.
The drumming. Can't you hear it?Edit
The Master, like the Doctor, is a Time Lord raised and educated on the planet Gallifrey. Although not much is known about the Master's distant past, it's been mentioned in official canon that he and the Doctor were once friends, and widely theorized in fanon that they were in fact much more. His father was well off enough to have estates whose fields the Master and Doctor used to play in as children. At some point in their relationship, the two of them parted ways, probably due to rather fundamental differences in how each viewed the universe and how it should be run. After that point, their roles were fixed: the Master tried to rule the universe and the Doctor stopped him. Their relationship was so fixed, in fact, that even the Time Lords called it 'The Enmity of Ages'. In the new series, he and the Doctor are thought to be the only remaining Time Lords in existence.
Although one of his lifelong goals has been immortality, the Master has gone through many more regenerations than the Doctor. It's unclear how many, but he's at least had an entire cycle of regenerations (thirteen lives, as imposed by Time Lord Law), since he appeared as a decrepit, dying monster who had run out of lives in The Deadly Assassin and The Keeper of Traken. Still, the Master always manages to come back from 'oblivion' in some form or another. In The Keeper of Traken and afterwards he survived by possessing various individuals— first, Nyssa's father Tremas (Ainley!Master), and then following that body's destruction, Bruce, a human paramedic in San Francisco. After he was sucked into the TARDIS and supposedly killed, the Time Lords themselves resurrected him to help with the ongoing Time War. By his own admission he became frightened and ran to the end of the universe, disguising himself as a human with the help of the Chameleon Arch in his TARDIS.
Meanwhile, the Doctor effectively ended the Time War by trapping all participants, including the whole of Gallifrey, in a temporal lock. The High Council of the Time Lords plotted to get free, finally deciding to use the Master as a conduit to allow them to transcend the lock. They managed to insert the beat of a Time Lord's heart into his subconscious all the way back at the beginning of his timeline, when he was a small child staring into the Time Vortex. These became the Master's 'drums', the ones he imagined he'd heard his whole life.
The Chameleon Arch altered the Master's DNA and kept the memory of his true identity trapped in a fob watch, creating a false history and identity for him. Calling himself Professor Yana, he believed he was found on the shores of the Silver Devastation as a child, with only the watch in his possession. Since he struggled to remember this as Yana, it is possible that at least a few details of this story could be real. He worked for years on Messaline to build a functional rocket ship so that the last remaining humans on the planet's surface could escape and strike out for a place known only as 'Utopia'. It was hoped that whatever 'Utopia' was would give them the answer they needed to escape the universe's end and survive. The ship was just about ready when the Doctor, Martha Jones, and Jack Harkness arrived on Messaline. While the Doctor and Jack worked to finish the rocket ship, Martha inadvertently called attention to Yana's fob watch, causing him to open it and become the Master once again. As the rocket took off, carrying the humans to Utopia, the Master stole the Doctor's TARDIS, stranding him on Messaline.
Before the Master left Messaline, the Doctor managed to fuse the TARDIS' coordinates so that it could only travel between two points: the end of the universe and modern-day Earth. Because of the TARDIS' famously imprecise nature, the Master arrived 18 months earlier than the Doctor initially left. He decided to use this stranding to his advantage and prime the Earth as his new base of operations, all the while shielding himself from the Doctor with a perception filter. He fabricated an identity for himself, becoming UK Minister of Defense Harold Saxon, and began a campaign for Prime Minister. He seduced and married a woman named Lucy Cole, bringing her into his confidence. As Minister of Defense he helped to design the Valiant, a government airship, and built the Archangel network, a series of satellites that were used to hypnotize the entire nation into voting for him. He was the intelligence behind LazLabs, a genetic research company. He even wrote a set of memoirs called Kiss Me Kill Me, although the contents are currently unknown. At some point during his takeover of Earth, he also set up a contingency plan in case of his demise: he formed the Cult of Saxon, a group of humans who were entrusted with the recipe for his resurrection, and stored his biodata in his ring and with his wife.
In between gaining the public's trust, he managed to travel to Utopia with Lucy, where he discovered that the last of the human race were so desperate to avoid extinction at the end of the universe that they were willing to mutilate themselves in body and spirit. They became what the Master called 'Toclafane', a race of silver balls equipped with deadly weapons, a shared consciousness, and a childlike lack of morals. It is entirely possible that the Master influenced their design, but regardless, he managed to strike an alliance with them, promising to rescue them from the end of the universe if they would help him to build an empire on Earth. He then returned to Earth and cannibalized the Doctor's TARDIS, converting it into a paradox machine so that the Toclafane could travel to modern-day Earth through a time rift and avoid a paradox from occurring.
The Doctor, Jack, and Martha made it back to London just in time to see 'Harold Saxon' win the election. Almost immediately after, he seized control of the entire Earth with the help of the Toclafane. Incredibly he was able to sustain this situation for a whole year, although he seemed to become more unhinged as time progressed, and very nearly declared war on the entire universe at the end of his reign. Luckily for Earth, the Doctor stopped him. Although the Master had kept him close and aged him to within an inch of his life, the Doctor managed to shield his mind enough from him to tap into the Archangel Network and connect with the consciousness of the human race. With the help of Martha Jones, the human race managed to revive the Doctor and elevate him to a near godlike status for a brief period of time. The Master retaliated by pulling out Plan B, a black hole converter system in every warship he'd built on Earth. He threatened to blow up the Earth by activating it, but the Doctor successfully called his bluff, telling him that the one thing he'd never do was destroy himself. The entire year was reverted when Jack Harkness destroyed the paradox machine, erasing the time rift, the Toclafane, the Master's empire, and the memories of everyone on Earth save those on the Valiant.
Even worse for the Master, the Doctor then revealed his plans to keep him in the TARDIS, the only safe place for him. And directly after this bomb was dropped, his trophy wife proceeded to shoot him. Rather than be the Doctor's prisoner, the Master consciously chose not to regenerate and instead died from the bullet wound. This made the Doctor cry, and the Master considered this a great success.
Inside my head. I thought it would stop. But it never does. It never, ever stops. Inside my head.Edit
The Master shares the intelligence and inflated ego of most Time Lords, but also has a great desire to rule the universe and very flexible morals, and has been a renegade as long as we've known him. His character is meant to be a dark foil of the Doctor, and much of his time is split between actively antagonizing the Doctor and attempting to gain immortality and absolute power. The Master has a driven personality that is somewhat resistant to change; while the Doctor's personality and outward appearance vary greatly between regenerations, the Master's do not. He doesn't dwell long on his own desperation and failure; instead, he converts it to determination.
He has an intense connection with the Doctor. Beyond being a former friend and schoolmate, the Master is emotionally dependent on the Doctor and obsessively focused on him, resulting in their numerous and intense conflicts. In The Five Doctors he admits that “A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about.” Although the Master is usually committed to his own survival, he chooses to not regenerate after being fatally shot in Last of the Time Lords because he knows it will crush the Doctor. He also tends to pick on humans, mostly because they are the Doctor's favorite species. In The End of Time he replaces the human race with copies of himself, which at first seems to be mainly an intentional perversion of every thing the Doctor loves about humans (their uniqueness, their ability to survive, their capacity for individual thought, and so on). The Master’s greatest fears include the Doctor laughing at him and looming larger than life above him. He also cannot stand the idea of the Doctor forgiving him. He wants to be taken seriously by the Doctor, because the Doctor's is the only opinion he respects beyond his own.
Like the Tenth Doctor, this Master has a bizarre sense of humor and often seems less refined and more manic than his previous selves. He broadcasts songs from Rogue Traders and the Scissor Sisters during his reign on Earth in Last of the Time Lords, in one notable scene dancing and singing along. He also tends to act affably daft when interacting with the humans he despises so much; in The Sound of Drums he offers the President of the United States grits, and he gives the double thumbs-up to the Cabinet as he brutally gasses them. The Master enjoys trying to show up or mock the Doctor by imitating him. He’s seen offering jelly babies, a favorite snack of the Fourth Doctor, to his wife in The Sound of Drums. In that same episode, he also shows off his laser screwdriver, a significant improvement upon the Doctor’s sonic version.
It is hard to deny that the Master has always been insane. However, his most recent incarnation seems even more unhinged than ever. He is plagued by an auditory hallucination in the form of a drumbeat, which he claims he acquired while looking into the Time Vortex as a child. He believes that these drums are calling him to war. So naturally, he has plans to declare war on the entire universe, as well as erect a new Time Lord empire. When his plans are once again foiled, he breaks down in tears while cowering from the Doctor, then attempts to escape and threatens to blow up the planet he’s currently standing on, just so the Doctor can’t have it. While on the surface this whole incident seems pretty characteristic of the Master’s grandiose schemes, his strange whims, violent mood swings and nonsensical back-up plan (blowing himself up and/or refusing to regenerate) make them seem much less cohesive than before. In The End of Time he complains that the drums are louder than ever, suggesting that, at least in his timeline, they may have steadily increased in volume over the centuries. This could account for his more recent instability.
The Master’s obsessive nature and desire for power lead him to be something of a control freak. Once he's brought the Earth under his control in The Sound of Drums, he sets to work creating an almost Orwellian dystopia complete with invasive surveillance and tight control over civilian movement and media outlets. He keeps the Doctor, Jack Harkness, and Martha Jones’ family on board his airship as slaves and prisoners. To further the humiliation, the Doctor is aged dramatically and kept in a doghouse and later a cage, while the Jones women are forced to wear maid outfits.
The Master tends to underestimate the worth and ability of others. He sees other species, humans particularly, as inferior, primitive, and childlike, and has no compunction about slaughtering them if it will suit his purposes. In Last of the Time Lords the Master insists on keeping the Doctor close in order to lord over him, for all appearances fails to seriously pursue the escaped Martha Jones, and never considers the potential of human minds to subvert his psychic satellite network. But this oversight isn't just limited to humans. He nearly destroys the universe in Logopolis because he fails to understand or respect the function of the Logopolitan mathematicians. In The End of Time he shows off his 'Master Race' to Rassilon, threatens to do the same to the Time Lords, and seems shocked when Rassilon quite easily reverses what he's done.
He believes that he is the only one allowed or qualified to be in control. And really, who wouldn't? He believes the drums 'chose' him, just as the Time Lords had chosen to resurrect him for the Time War. When he talks about looking in to the Time Vortex as a child in The End of Time, or mentions the Time Lords at all, there is a sense of being insanely angry at the abuse he's suffered and at the same time strangely proud of his heritage and the fact that few others can claim it. The drums clearly hurt him, but he refuses to let the Doctor help because he wears that pain like a badge of honor. When the Doctor suggests that he wants to take the Master on as a companion in order to keep an eye on him, the Master indignantly sputters, “You’re just going to keep me?” This reaction is quite interesting given that the Master 'kept' the Doctor for a year as little more than a pet or punching bag. The Master clearly gives himself privileges or passes he feels the rest of the universe should be denied— even if they are fellow Time Lords. He characteristically works alone and has taken on significantly fewer 'companions' than the Doctor.
Despite his superiority complex, the Master is ultimately a coward. After being resurrected by the Time Lords to fight in the Time War, he chooses to flee instead, going so far as to alter his DNA and become human. He’s often seen running away when his plans go awry. He's also an opportunist though. In several stories he's thrown into an environment where he starts out with almost nothing and has to improvise a plan to scramble back on top (successfully, at least until the Doctor shows up to stop him). His skill in improvisation is really showcased most effectively with his takeover of Naismith's 'Immortality Gate' in The End of Time; he's brought in as a prisoner to fix the device, and ends up co-opting it for his own use with hardly any effort at all. And near the end of the story, witness how he switches sides without shame- first attempting to ingratiate himself to Rassilon and steps away from begging for his acceptance... and then when the Doctor has the upper hand, hissing in his ear that he should destroy Rassilon and take over the universe. Since his allegiance to himself is the only unshakable one he possesses, the Master has no qualms about manipulating and lying to others to achieve his goals. He tends to run through a lot of pseudonyms, and though he will be charming when he needs to be, that tends to end once he gets what he wants and has control of the situation.
The drumming, Doctor, the constant drummingEdit
The Master is a Time Lord, meaning he has some biological advantages over humans. Gallifreyans have two hearts, two livers, and quite frankly probably two of a few other things. They also enjoy a respiratory bypass system, meaning that it takes much longer to strangle or asphyxiate them. They can choose whether alcohol affects them or not, and in that same vein they can help their bodies to reverse the action of certain 'fatal' poisons such as cyanide. They have superior senses (great night vision and hearing and the ability to perform more sophisticated chemical analysis via taste and smell) and superior reflexes. Time Lords specifically are 'time-sensitive', meaning they are more aware of the passage of time, can see all possible futures, and can tell whether a point in time is 'fixed' or susceptible to influence.
Probably the biggest physiological advantage a Time Lord has is the ability to regenerate upon 'death', creating a new body and often a new personality as well. Depending on the extent of injury they are sometimes able to go into a healing coma to repair their bodies without having to regenerate.
There are also some standard Time Lord telepathic abilities. They can sense other Time Lords; not only is their existence is a constant presence in the back of the Master's mind, but he also can tell whether or not the person standing in front of him is one. In The End of Time this manifests as 'sniffing' for whatever reason, but I'm going with it being the same basic ability. Time Lords can 'mind meld' with people, Time Lords and humans alike, using tactile contact. Basically this amounts to sharing, witnessing or wreaking havoc with memories and communicating telepathically. Necessarily they can also shield their minds from others, and the Master especially would have great skill and motivation in doing this. The drums are probably hard enough to get by anyway.
The Master is also a skilled hypnotist. In canon this is usually accomplished by the Master staring into someone's eyes and telling them they will obey him, or in more recent times, encoding the drumbeat he hears in his head into a subliminal signal. I'm guessing that the method is less important as he probably uses his telepathy to augment the hypnotism.
Although Time Lords can regenerate, in some circumstances they may be too injured to do so. An example, brought up in Forest of the Dead, is if both hearts are damaged. If the injury is too sudden or extreme, the Time Lord may not even be able to enter the healing coma in time or repair his body enough to survive.
Since the Master is an alien, his physiology works differently in some ways from that of humans. So just as he is likely to be resistant to certain substances humans may find toxic or lethal, a Time Lord may also be sensitive to materials that generally do not adversely affect humans. One of these mentioned in canon is aspirin, which the Doctor claims is incredibly lethal. Ingestion of a tablet could kill him, and contact with it at all is likely to leave him ill to varying degrees. As we see in Cold Blood, Time Lords also possess bacteria that help to keep them alive, so certain extreme decontamination procedures may kill the Master.
The Master's strength lies in brains, not brawn. He may be a formidable telepath and a fairly hardy alien, but he's pretty scrawny and not all that physically intimidating. I wouldn't expect him to win many fistfights or wrestling matches unless there was cheating involved, or his opponent was weaker than he (say, a woman).
It's everywhere. Listen. Listen. Listen. Here come the drums...Edit
Residence: The City
Coming, after I get some sleep
Here come... the drums...Edit
The Eleventh Doctor: Not his Doctor, precisely, but he's got all the memories at least, and the Master instantly accepts him as the Doctor. Even if the bow tie is stupid. This Doctor is still stuck on the idea that the Master can change his mind about owning the universe, which is not just silly but inherently useful. While the other Doctor takes the no-nonsense approach, the Master knows he will always get another chance with this one. And that both comforts and disgusts him.
Martha Jones: Oh, Martha, Martha, Martha Jones. The Master has such a grudge against you and likely always will. After all, you helped topple his empire. You laughed about it. You witnessed him in his pathetic human state, and you were the catalyst who woke him up-- which is a mixed blessing, though he'll never admit it. Just as he'll never admit how obsessed he is with you, far beyond simply being the Doctor's companion.
Daniel Jackson: Kind of daft, really, but he's managed to absorb some of the Doctor's memories, making him at least a little more useful to the Master.
River Song: Intriguing. A hybrid of some sort, and a killer. The Master sees a lot of potential in her.
Eva: Another intriguing sort. Powerful women aren't generally his thing, and she's a bit guarded, but she's also a companion of the Doctor's... making her someone he isn't likely to leave alone.
Brainiac-5: Oh, he is So. Dead. He interrupted the Master's rest with his blathering over the omnicomm, then decided to mouth off to him about how his mother was going to beat him up or something. The Master is not impressed.
Jamie McCrimmon: Easily fooled companion of the Doctor's. Though he might be a bit wiser to the Master's shenanigans by now.