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For the Master, see separate entry.
Also known as:
  • The Master of the Land
  • The Controller
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 1920s
Appearances: DW: The Mind Robber
Actor: Emrys Jones

The Master of the Land, also known as the Master, the Writer or the Controller, was the ruler of the Land of Fiction. He was, in turn, enslaved by the computer known as the Master Brain.





The Master was originally employed in writing the adventures of Captain Jack Harkaway for a boy's magazine called The Ensign. He wrote 5,000 words each week for 25 years. In 1926 when he must have fallen asleep writing, the Master Brain found him and connected him to the Land of Fiction where he became ruler. (Presumably, the Master Brain wanted to harness the writer's powers of imagination. As the Master would note later, the computer needed imaginative minds.) The Master Brain enslaved the Master and intended to add the Doctor to the system so that it could invade Earth and all Humans would be adjusted to the Land, leaving Earth bare to be taken over. As Master, he could control the Clockwork Soldiers and manifest any fictional character he liked. He had the power to turn people from the real universe into beings of fiction, though not directly: he had to trick them into it.

The Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie arrived in the Land by accident. The Master planned to have the Doctor take his place. Using his power, he put the trio through tests to find if the Doctor could do it. Zoe and Jamie overloaded the Master Brain and the Doctor saved the Master from its destruction. Once the Master was disconnected, the Land dissolved. Apparently, this freed the Master to return home. (DW: The Mind Robber)


Later, as part of an ongoing campaign of revenge against the Doctor, the renegade Time Lord calling himself the Monk would reactivate the Land and gave the title of Master of the Land to Jason, a boy from 1993. (NA: Conundrum)

Aliens and Enemies of Season 6
The Dominators: Dominators  • Rago  • Toba  • Quarks  • Dulcians The Mind Robber: Master Brain  • Master of the Land  • White Robots  • Clockwork Soldiers  • Lemuel Gulliver  • Karkus  • Medusa  • Rapunzel  • D'Artagnan  • Lancelot  • Cyrano de Bergerac  • Blackbeard  • Minotaur  • Unicorn The Invasion: Cybermen  • Tobias Vaughn  • Packer  • Cyber-Director The Krotons: Krotons  • Eelek  • Gonds The Seeds of Death: Slaar  • Ice Warriors  • Martian Seed Pods  • Grand Marshall The Space Pirates: Maurice Caven  • Dervish The War Games: War Lords  • The War Chief  • The War Lord  • Smythe  • Security Chief  • von Weich  • Time Lords  • Goth

Behind the Scenes

It is implied onscreen that the Master was actually writer Charles Hamilton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Frank Richards, considered the most prolific author of all time. [1] (He had also created Bily Bunter, the basis of Cyril from The Celestial Toymaker.) The Mind Robber writer Peter Ling has also said he based the character partly on himself.

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