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The Master
Also known as: Full list of aliases
Race: Gallifreyan (Time Lord)
Home Planet: Gallifrey
Home Era: Rassilon Era
Appearances: Full List of Appearances
This article is about the renegade Time Lord known as "The Master." For other uses of the term "Master", see Master (disambiguation).
"You are one of the most evil and corrupt beings our Time Lord race has ever produced. Your crimes are without number and your villainy without end.."
Lord President Borusa to the Master

The Master, formerly known as Koschei and by various temporary aliases and pseudonyms, was an evil renegade Time Lord whom the Doctor, with whom he had grown up on Gallifrey, opposed many times. On at least one occasion, he threatened the existence of the universe itself. The reason for his diabolical madness was a neverending drumming sound inside his head.



Early life


The Master at the age of 8 (DW: The Sound of Drums)
"Ever since I was a child... I looked into the Vortex and that's when it chose me. The drumming. The call. To war."
―The Master

Koschei, later known as the Master, grew up on Gallifrey, in the House of Oakdown. (PDA: Divided Loyalties)

He and his one-time friend the Doctor, in their youth, would play in Koschei's home. He claims his father had estates, with "pastures of red grass", near "Mount Perdition". (DW: The End of Time, Part One)

The Master's true origins are surrounded in mystery and there are many conflicting theories about it. In his seventh incarnation, the Doctor related a story which explained the Master's origins. He said that both he and the Master had been mercilessly and viciously bullied as children. The young Doctor found himself forced to kill the bully in order to save his friend's life. He was later confronted by the personification of Death who insisted he become her disciple.

The Doctor refused and instead suggested Death make the Master her champion instead, to which she agreed. The Doctor said that ever since he had always felt partly responsible for the carnage the Master would later cause. (BFA: Master)

It's not clear whether this event occurred before or after the event described below.

Like most Gallifreyans taken as Time Lords, Koschei would be taken at the age of eight for his training. During the ceremony where he gazed into the Time Vortex through the Untempered Schism, it is said that Koschei went insane. This manifested by the constant drumming he heard ever since the event, which appeared to worsen as time went on. (DW: Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords) The drumming itself was later revealed to have been implanted into the Koschei's mind by Rassilon as a link to later free the Time Lords from the time-lock imposed upon them. (DW: The End of Time, Part Two)

Speculation that the drumming worsened over time is supported by the fact that incarnations of the Master prior to the "Saxon" and "Yana" incarnations made no reference to the drumming or being troubled by it. It is also possible that the mental effects of turning himself human to escape the Time War amplified the drumming until he became obsessed with it in his "Yana" incarnation. Maybe also after his resurection for the time-war was the trigger for the drumming to begin, leading to the events in Utopia, The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords, and The End of Time


At the Academy, Koschei belonged to a clique of young Time Lords with the collective name of the Deca. The Doctor and other future rivals Ushas (later known as the Rani) and Magnus (later known as the War Chief) also belonged to the Deca. (PDA: Divided Loyalties)

Vendetta against the Doctor

Origins of the vendetta

After the Doctor fled Gallifrey, Koschei was recruited to pursue and apprehend him. His unstable obsession with order however, prompted the Time Lords to plant the Time Lady Ailla as a spy to monitor Koschei's actions. Ailla posed as a Human so that Koschei would take her on as his companion during a stopover in the 28th century. Koschei caught up with the Doctor at the Darkheart colony in the early years of the Federation.

The temptation posed by the Darkheart device proved too much for Koschei, and the revelation that Ailla had been a spy killed the last traces of good in him. After the Doctor trapped him in a black hole Koschei, the Master, swore to take revenge on him. (MA: The Dark Path)

The vendetta continues

"Doctor, you're my intellectual equal. Almost. I have too few worthy opponents. When they've gone I always miss them."
―The Master.

The Master then sought to defeat the newly regenerated Doctor on Earth and in doing so came up against him, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and the rest of UNIT.

For details on this period of his life, see separate article.


"You do not understand hatred as I understand it. Only hate keeps me alive. Why else should I endure this pain?"
―The Master.

Susan Foreman triggered an explosion when the Master attempted to kidnap her. He exhausted his regenerative cycle recovering from the injuries sustained in the explosion on the planet Tersurus (EDA: Legacy of the Daleks), where Chancellor Goth found the Master, in a wasted condition. The Master had by this time reached the end of his regeneration cycle and had turned into an animate though rotting corpse. The Master, with the collaboration of Goth, lured the Doctor to Gallifrey in order to have him framed for the assassination of the Lord President.

The Master nearly succeeded in acquiring the Eye of Harmony and using its energy reserves to renew himself. (DW: The Deadly Assassin) On the planet Traken, the centre of the Traken Union, still in his degenerated form, the Master plotted to take over the Source, the power behind the Traken Union. (DW: The Keeper of Traken)

For details on this incarnation, see separate article.


"A new body at last."
―The Master.

The Master did manage to steal the body of Tremas, the father of the Doctor's future companion, Nyssa. (DW: The Keeper of Traken) He immediately set out on a new career of villainy in his new body. (DW: Logopolis) Eventually, he found himself taken over himself on the Cheetah World by a foreign influence and began to lose control. He ended up trapped there as it began to die. (DW: Survival)

For more details on this incarnation, see separate article.

New Regenerative Cycle

The Master was able to teleport from the Cheetah World to 1953 Earth where he constructed himself an identity as Major Kreer. He made a deal with the Tzun to restore his corrupted Time Lord DNA, caused by his physical merger with the Trakenite, Tremas. This was a success, and he was able to regenerate into a new body. (NA: First Frontier)

The Master later attempted to seize control of a powerful artifact known as the Warp Core. This plan backfired and due to his exposure to the device the Master's body reverted to a state similar to his degenerated form. For a while he persisted in trying to acquire the Core. During that time he habitually wore a mask and adopted the alias Mr Seta. (BFA: Dust Breeding)

From the perspective of the Doctor and Ace, this took place before, not after the Master's meeting with the Tzun.

Doctor John Smith

The Master.

The Doctor related a story of how he made a deal with Death whereby the Master would have ten years of peace and sanity, at the end of which the Doctor must kill him. The still-scarred Master had become a physician with no memory of his past, and took the name Doctor John Smith.

He was still somehow deeply aware of his dark nature and troubled by it. The Master had, in the meantime, become emotionally involved with a woman named Jaqueline Schaeffer.

At the end of the ten years the Doctor duly arrived but strove to avoid fulfilling his side of the bargain. The Master became aware of the Doctor's role in pledging him to Death as her servant but forgave him for it. Death herself was present then, disguised as the Master's maid. She manipulated events so that it would appear inevitable that the John Smith persona would crumble and the true Master become dominant once more. (BFA: Master)


The Master awaiting his execution at the hands of the Daleks. (DW: Doctor Who)
"Life is wasted on the living!"
The Master

Eventually, he was tried and executed and physically destroyed by the Daleks on Skaro as part of a Time Lord-Dalek treaty. However, his essence survived in a fluid-like form called either a morphant (DWM: The Fallen) or a deathworm (EDA: The Eight Doctors). His "last wish" was for the Doctor to transport his remains to Gallifrey; during transport, the Master was able to sabotage the Doctor's TARDIS, forcing it to land on Earth in 1999. The Master subsequently took over the body of Bruce, an ambulance driver in San Francisco. This incarnation was only intended to be a temporary one -- indeed, "Bruce" began to decay almost immediately -- as the Master launched a scheme to steal the Doctor's remaining regenerations.

At the end of a battle with the himself recently regenerated Doctor, the Master fell into the Eye of Harmony, and appeared to be destroyed. (DW: Doctor Who)

For more on this incarnation, see separate article.

However, the Master was rescued from the Vortex by a being named Esterath, the then-controller of the Glory, the focal point of reality. It would soon be time for the Glory to gain another controller, but the power had to be fought for. Of course, the Master assumed the battle would be between himself and his greatest foe.

Given a new body, the Master trailed the Doctor for some time without his enemy suspecting - even after they had met face to face. He was present in London during the crisis resulting from Grace Holloway's attempt to merge Human and Time Lord DNA (the alien DNA was in fact that of a morphant from Skaro). He killed an MI6 agent with the TCE at this time, but fortunately the Doctor departed before the Master's trademark was discovered. (DWM: The Fallen)

The Master later made contact with Sato Katsura, a Japanese samurai unwillingly rendered immortal as a result of his involvement in the Doctor's adventures. The embittered warrior became the Master's follower. At his behest, Sato adopted the identity of Cardinal Morningstar and became leader of the Church of the Glorious Dead, instigator of a holy war that altered the history of Earth and led to it becoming known as Dhakan.

Passing through the Eye had given the Master the ability to influence the flight of the TARDIS, which he used to send the craft to times and places which would weaken the Doctor's self-belief and confidence. This done, the two fought for the Glory, with the Master apparently triumphant.

However, the Master was mistaken: the true battle was between his companion, Sato, and the Doctor's, the Cyberman Kroton. Kroton was the ultimate winner of this contest, and amongst his first acts as controller of the Glory were to cleanse the TARDIS of the Master's influence, and to banish the Master himself to parts unknown. The Master declared he would survive and return. (DWM: The Glorious Dead)

One account tells of how he later escaped from the Eye and possessed the body of a Human native in 1906. (ST: Forgotten)


"So it came to pass, that the human race fell... and the Earth was no more. And I looked down upon my new dominion, as Master of all, and I thought it... good."
The Master

In the Last Great Time War, the Time Lords themselves brought the Master back from oblivion in order to use him as a weapon in defence of Gallifrey. However, he deserted the instant the Dalek Emperor took control of the Cruciform (DW: The Sound of Drums) as the sheer scale of the conflict seemed to frighten even the Master. He fled to the end of the universe and used a Chameleon Arch to become Human, remaining in the guise of the elderly Professor Yana. Martha Jones, who had traveled to this time period with the Doctor, recognized Yana's fob watch as similar to or the same as the one carried by the Doctor after he experienced the Chameleon Arch and unintentionally prompted Yana to open the watch. The Master returned in his old identity and attacked his assistant, killing her even as she shot him in the stomach. (DW: Utopia)

For more information on Yana, see separate article.

Fatally wounded, though now aware of his identity, the Master regenerated (in one of the few confirmed accounts from his later life of him actually undergoing a natural regeneration) and escaped to 2000s Earth in the Doctor's TARDIS. (DW: Utopia) There he assumed the identity of Harold Saxon and successfully ran for the position of Prime Minister. He then proceeded to take the Doctor prisoner and take over the Earth with the help of the Toclafane and a paradox machine he had made from the TARDIS. This timeline was reverted, however, when Jack Harkness destroyed the paradox machine. As the Doctor took him into custody, the Master was shot by Lucy Saxon, and collapsed in the Doctor's arms. Knowing that he and the Doctor were the last two remaining Time Lords, and knowing how badly the Doctor wanted to not be alone, he refused to regenerate, telling the Doctor, "I win." The Doctor burned his body on a funeral pyre, but a mysterious figure retrieved the Master's ring from the ashes.(DW: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)

For more details on this incarnation see Harold Saxon. See The Year That Never Was for details of the timeline in which he ruled Earth.

Resurrection and Redemption

The rebirth of the Master
"The noise...the drumbeat...louder than ever before! The drums...the neverending drums..."
―The Master

The Master was resurrected by the Disciples of Saxon, a sinister cult who worshipped the Master. Lucy Saxon, however, had made an potion of death to counter the potion of life used to revive the Master. In the ensuing explosion, the Master escaped as a shadow. Once he regained physical form, he discovered that the interruption of the ritual had left bizarre side-effects. He was forced to dye his hair a whitish-blonde to prevent anyone from noticing him as 'Harold Saxon'. He was pale and ghost-like. His flesh would occasionally turn transparent, exposing his skull. In addition he had developed the ability to shoot bolts of lightning from his hands and the power of flight, but using these abilities came at the cost of his life-force. Furthermore, he seemed more insane than ever. His previously urbane and sophisticated personality had been replaced with a frenzied bloodlust and a ravenous and insatiable hunger. He would kill everyone he encountered for little to no reason, laughed maniacally at the slightest occurence and his behaviour bordered on that of a wild animal.

The revived Master

The Doctor found the Master and pursued him. They confronted one other and the Master used his psychic Time Lord abilities to let the Doctor into his mind, letting him hear the drums. The Doctor seemed profoundly disturbed and the Master escaped again. The Doctor still pursued him until the Master was kidnapped and taken away.

He was told to fix an alien gate called the Immortality Gate. The Master obviously jumped at the oppurtunity and fixed it. The Doctor and Wilfred Mott came into the room just as The Master entered the gate and Wilfred hid in an anti-radioactivity chamber of the power supply. The gate is found out to be a machine that changes the genetic DNA of the whole planet changing all Humans into his image. Everyone looked alike and acted alike. Only two humans escaped, Wilfred Mott, who was safe in the chamber, and Donna Noble, who was safe because she was part Time Lord.

The Master later realised that the Time Lords were returning through the discovery of a Gallifreyan diamond, sent through the time lock by Lord President Rassilon, and also learned that the drumbeat in his head was a link that the Time Lords could use to return to the material universe. Upon their arrival, the Time Lords undid his actions with the Immortality Gate, restoring the human race. The Master soon learned that Rassilon had placed the noise of drums in his head as a child to be used as a link to Earth. As Gallifrey appeared in Earth's sky on a collision course with Earth, the Doctor destroyed the crystal anchoring the Time Lords in the present with Wilfred Mott's gun. As Rassilon prepared to kill the Doctor, the Master, in an act of heroic self-sacrifice, used the last of his life-force to disable the deranged Time Lord leader before both the Time Lords and the Master vanished in a burst of white light. His final action saved the Doctor, and helped save the universe by stopping the Time Lords' plans, returning them and Gallifrey to the Time War. (DW: The End of Time)

Other information


"I only need two things. Your submission and your obedience to my will!!"
―The Master.

Unlike the Doctor, the Master is most often encountered working and traveling alone. On rare occasions, he has been seen with companions. Examples include Chang Lee, a young Human whom the Master met in San Francisco (DW: Doctor Who); Chantho, a female assistant and companion to the Master during his Professor Yana identity (although both of them were unaware of "Yana"'s true nature for most of that time) (DW: Utopia); and Lucy Saxon, his wife, who is described as having traveled with the Master in the TARDIS in the same fashion as the Doctor and his companions. (DW: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords) The Rani may have also traveled with the Master for a time, when they got trapped together. (DW: The Mark of the Rani)


The Master has at least one (rather pathetic) imitator. This is in the form of the Mentor. (DWM: Death to the Doctor!)

Other versions of the Master

  • Following graduation from the Time Lord Academy, the Master, using the name Koschei, pursued a career as Magistrate for the High Council. In this capacity, his devotion to justice and discipline in time devolved into an obsession with order which marked the beginning of his descent into darkness (PDA: The Infinity Doctors)
We do not know if this event occurred before the Master had left Gallifrey, in an alternative timeline or after he had reformed and returned to Gallifrey.
  • While helping UNIT stop an invasion by a parallel Earth, the Master met that alternate reality's version of himself, still using the name Koschei, imprisoned and vivisected by order of that reality's version of the Doctor. The Master killed his other self, claiming this was an act of mercy. (PDA: The Face of the Enemy)
  • In an apparent alternate timeline, a version of the Master exists as an android companion to the Doctor. (WC: Scream of the Shalka)
  • In the reality created around Donna, it can be assumed that as a result of the Doctor and Martha Jones' deaths, the Master never found out who he really was and never travelled back to Earth, as the Doctor never lived to discover him on Malcassairo. Presumably "Professor Yana" continued working with Chantho to preserve remainder of the human race (DW: Turn Left).


The Master listens with pleasure as he is told by Borusa how evil he is.

The Master was the polar opposite of the Doctor in almost every respect. Though he retains a brilliant Time Lord mind and all of the Doctor's wit and cunning, he possesses two fatal character flaws - he was arrogant and exceptionally vain, which leads to his downfall on many occasions. By the time of his return from his Yana persona, he appeared after his regeneration to have gone more insane than ever, regressing to an almost childlike state of spitefulness and obliviousness. It is implied by the Doctor that the Master's insanity has been present ever since he was eight years old. He instantaneously rejected a plea to listen by saying, "No. It's my turn. Revenge." (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

In this instance, the Doctor, being aware of how dangerous the Master was, attempted to take on the role of a kind of mentor in an attempt to save the Master from himself "I'm not here to kill him. I'm here to save him". He pleads with him on numerous occasions (DW: Utopia, The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords) to calm down, stop what he is doing, listen and look at himself.

The Master absolutely refused to listen to the Doctor on either occasion. He revealed his vanity when the Doctor confronts him with the words "I forgive you", which he had been terrified of hearing because it would have significantly dented his pride. (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

He also had an exceptionally heightened sense of his own brilliance which is far more pronounced and blatant than that of the Doctor. He refers to himself in the third person as "your Lord and Master" on numerous occasions and in reciting a Bible-style verse of his own making to the Doctor, "...and so it came to pass that the Human race fell. And I looked down, upon my new dominion as Master of All and I thought it good", reveals a penchant for fancying himself as a god. (DW: The Sound of Drums) He also holds Time Lords to be an absolutely superior race of life automatically assuming the privilege of altering history, on principle of this: "I'm a Time Lord. I have that right" (DW: Last of the Time Lords). Similarly, in a late Tenth Doctor story, The Waters of Mars, The Doctor was seen to shout "The laws of time are mine, and they will obey me!", which Russell T Davies later stated was influenced by how he thinks The Master came to be how he is. The Doctor later realizes that he has gone too far and most likely recognises the parallels between his actions and the Master.

The Master (Harold Saxon) Shows off his power.

In some of his incarnations he felt the strange need to correct people on bad grammar. Most notable scenes of this are in the TV Movie, where he corrects Grace from saying kiss as good as me to kiss as well as me. Also in a commentary podcast for The End of Time, Russell T Davies said that in an original version of the script the Master corrected someone from saying Happy Christmas to Merry Christmas telling them you don't say merry new year do you?

He was able to match the Doctor's keen wit and sense of humour, particularly in his sixth incarnation. He remarks to the President of the United States when reprimanded for his audacious conduct contravening established first contact policy with regards to the Toclafane with a casual "Oh, you know what it's like, new job, all that paperwork....I think I left it down the back of the settee. I did have a quick look...I found a pen, a sweet, a bus ticket...have you met the wife?" (DW: The Sound of Drums)

The Master also shared the Doctor's incredible technical know-how. He was able to construct his laser screwdriver from Earth components and miniaturise Richard Lazarus' genetic manipulation technology. He was also able to cannibalise the Doctor's TARDIS and turn it into the Paradox Machine

It should also be noted that both devices, in contrast to the Doctor's tools, had a hostile purpose; the laser screwdriver is a weapon specifically created to offensively attack and kill others, unlike the Sonic Screwdriver which "doesn't kill, wound, or maim". (DW: Doomsday)

The Master also had a crippling fear of an all-powerful, God-like Doctor probably based around the Doctor's habit of challenging his old foe's grandiose self-image by constantly derailing his plans (DW: The Mind of Evil). When the Doctor harnessed the psychic energy of the entire human race and effectively became a god, the Master was reduced to sobbing against a wall. (DW: Last of the Time Lords).

The Master's relationship with the Doctor is one of the most complex in the series. He respects him as a worthy opponent but was also obsessed with proving his personal superiority, causing him to view the Doctor both as his greatest friend and his worst enemy. He expressed deep anger toward the Doctor, along with a desire for vengeance, saying "No, it's my turn, revenge, best served hot". (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

It's also revealed that the Master hadn't always been like this however: he and the Doctor were once good friends as children on Galllifrey, but the Doctor thinks that staring into the Time-Vortex as an eight-year old child drove him insane and caused his personality to change. (DW: The Sound of Drums)

After the Master's revival, he was more insane than ever before. He acted like an animal, eating food like one and acting rash. He could be close to sane when talking to the Doctor and was sure he was not insane when the Doctor finally heard the drums he hated so much. At the very end of his life, his personality seemed to revert to that of the Master that had once been the Doctor's friend: when Rassilion tried to kill the Doctor he sacrificed himself to use the last of his life-force to blast Rassilon and save the Doctor when he could have let Rassilon kill the Doctor and survive himself. (DW: The End of Time)

Behind the Scenes


The name "Koschei" has been developed in various novels and other media. Like the Doctor the Master's real name has yet to be revealed on-screen.

Koschei (rus.Кощей) is villain in many antique russian fairytales. He is immortal magician who hides his death in a secret place.

Conception and development of the character

When conceiving the character, the production team had originally considered the idea of the Doctor having a female, rather than male, arch-nemesis (this idea was later revived with the creation of the Rani). Later, they thought of the Master as the evil half of a single personality.

In the final Third Doctor episode, the Master would have redeemed himself and given his life to have saved the Doctor, after which the Doctor would have regenerated. The accidental death of Roger Delgado, who had played the original version of the Master made it so that this development never happened.

In The Deadly Assassin, writer (and then Script Editor) Robert Holmes deliberately chose to show the Master in a "transitional" form in case future production teams wanted to bring back the character.

Actors who have portrayed the Master

Apart from the incarnations below, other incarnations of the Master have appeared in novels and comics.

Television appearances (1971-1989)

Television movie and mini-episode (1996 and 1999)
New series (2007)
  • Derek Jacobi played Professor Yana, a Human version of the Master, as well as the Master himself once he was reverted back to a Time Lord.
  • John Simm played the Master's next incarnation, initially taking the name Harold Saxon. Both Jacobi and Simm debuted as the Master in Utopia, though only Simm appeared in the following episodes The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. He returned in The End of Time, during which the character renounced the Saxon name and chose to be called, simply, the Master.
  • William Hughes had a non-speaking cameo as the young Master during a flashback sequence in The Sound of Drums which was later reused in The End of Time.
  • the end of time rumours

Other media


Video game

  • Anthony Ainley reprised the role in videotaped scenes included in the game Destiny of the Doctors. These sequences appear as extras on the DVD version of Survival, his last television story.


  • The Doctor Who Role Playing Game from the American gaming company FASA identified the Monk and the War Chief as earlier incarnations of the Master, causing a few fans to mistakenly believe that Doctor Who itself had stated a connection, when it had not done so. Novel and comic continuity specifically indicates otherwise.
  • The Big Finish Productions audio play Master and the television episode The Sound of Drums have the Doctor telling two different and apparently contradictory explanations for how the Master turned evil (Although it may be that both the schism and the deal with Death were responsible, with the deal with Death making the Master's madness more powerful).
  • Although novels have been written establishing the "first" Master's activities between the final televised appearance of Roger Delgado Frontier in Space and the character's return in The Deadly Assassin in a degenerated form, the latter adventure makes no direct link. Therefore it can't be said for certain (based upon on-screen evidence) whether this incarnation is the same one played by Delgado.


During Anthony Ainley's tenure as the Master, pseudonyms made from anagrams of the actor's name were often used in the credits for the Master's disguises, such as Neil Toynay for the Portreeve in DW: Castrovalva. Tremas is itself an anagram of Master.

At the same time, in Series 3 (season 29), the Master takes on two new identities, Professor Yana in DW: Utopia, and Mr. Harold Saxon in DW: The Sound of Drums and DW: Last of the Time Lords. As it happens, "Mister Saxon" is a possible, albeit an unintentional anagram of "Master No. Six" as "Sam Tyler" (John Simm's Life on Mars character) is an anagram of "masterly". Yana is an intentional acronym of 'YouAreNotAlone, the final words of the Face of Boe, which led the Doctor to discover Yana was a Time Lord.

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Arc of Infinity: Omega  • Hedin  • The Ergon  • Time Lords Snakedance: The Mara  • Manussans Mawdryn Undead: Black Guardian  • Mawdryn Terminus: Vanir  • Lazars  • The Garm  • Black Guardian Enlightenment: Eternals  • Wrack  • Mansell  • Black Guardian  • White Guardian The King's Demons: The Master  • Kamelion The Five Doctors: Borusa  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Cyber-Lieutenant  • Robot Yeti  • Raston Warrior Robot  • Dalek  • Kaled mutant  • Time Lords
Aliens and Enemies of Season 21
Warriors of the Deep: Silurians  • Icthar  • Scibus  • Tarpok  • Sea Devils  • Myrka The Awakening: Malus  • George Hutchinson Frontios: Gravis  • Tractators Resurrection of the Daleks: Davros  • Gustave Lytton  • Daleks  • Dalek Troopers  • Dalek Duplicates Planet of Fire: Kamelion  • Timanov  • The Master The Caves of Androzani: Sharaz Jek  • Morgus  • Stotz The Twin Dilemma: Jacondans  • Mestor  • Gastropods
Aliens and Enemies of Season 22
Attack of the Cybermen: Cybermen  • Cyber-Controller  • Cryons  • Cyber-Leader  • Cyber-Lieutenant Vengeance on Varos: Sil  • Quillam The Mark of the Rani: The Master  • The Rani The Two Doctors: Chessene of the Franzine Grig  • Shockeye of the Quawncing Grig  • Dastari  • Stike  • Varl  • Sontarans  • Androgums Timelash: Megelen  • Tekker  • Morloxes  • Karfelons  • Karfelon androids  • Bandrils Revelation of the Daleks: Davros  • Daleks  • Glass Dalek
Aliens and Enemies of A Trial of a Time Lord
Overall: The Valeyard  • Time Lords
The Mysterious Planet: Drathro  • L1 Mindwarp: Kiv  • Sil  • Mentors  • Thoros Alphans  • The Lukoser  • Posikar representative  • The Raak
Terror of the Vervoids: Mogarians  • Vervoids The Ultimate Foe: The Master
Aliens and Enemies of Season 26
Battlefield: Morgaine  • Mordred  • The Destroyer
Ghost Light: Josiah Samuel Smith  • Light  • Control  • Nimrod  • Husks
The Curse of Fenric: Fenric  • Haemovores  • Commander Millington  • Ancient One Survival: Cheetah People  • Kitlings  • The Master
Aliens and Enemies of Series 3
The Runaway Bride: Empress of the Racnoss  • Racnoss  • Lance Bennett  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Smith and Jones: Florence Finnegan  • Judoon  • Slabs The Shakespeare Code: Carrionites  • Lilith  • Bloodtide  • Doomfinger Gridlock: Macra  • Face of Boe  • Catkind  • Pharmacists Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Pig slaves  • Diagoras  • Human-Daleks The Lazarus Experiment: Richard Lazarus  • Sylvia Thaw  • Mysterious Man 42: Torajii  • Hal Korwin  • Dev Ashton  • Miss Dexter Human Nature/The Family of Blood: Family of Blood  • Son of Mine  • Daughter of Mine  • Father of Mine  • Mother of Mine  • Scarecrows Blink: Weeping Angels Utopia: Futurekind  • Chantho  • Chieftain  • Wiry Woman  •The Master The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords: The Master  • Toclafane  • Lucy Saxon  • Miss Dexter  • Futurekind
The Infinite Quest: Baltazar  • Caw  • Squawk  • Kaliko  • Swabb  • Skeleton Crew  • Oil rigs  • Ulysees Meregrass  • Mantasphids  • Mantasphid Queen  • Constantine Ethelred Gurney  • Lok  • Wardens
Aliens and Enemies of the 2009 Specials
Planet of the Dead: The Swarm  • Tritovores  • Macmillan
The Waters of Mars: The Flood  • Gadget  • Dalek
The End of Time: The Master • Rassilon  • Judoon  • Ood  • Ood Sigma  • Ood Elder  • Vinvocci  • Time Lords  • Trefusis  • The Governor  • Joshua Naismith  • Sontaran  • Hath  • Sycorax  • Adipose  • Raxacoricofallapatorians  • Graske
Dreamland: Viperox  • Viperox Queen  • Lord Azlok  • Gray aliens  • Mister Dread  • Alliance of Shades  • Skorpius Flies

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Zone (Patch) Miragul's Phylactery: The Crucible (The Shadow Odyssey)
Race Human
Level 84▲▲▲ Tier 9 Heroic , (Approx. HP: 1,076,204)
Location second floor on the left
Reported Drops

Fabled drops

Legendary drops

  • Bangle of the Three
  • Bauble of True Power
  • Blade of the Crashing Waves
  • Blood-Etched Bracer
  • Charm of Focus
  • Coercer's Orb of Pain
  • Deepwater Blade
  • Energy Etched Bauble
  • Folded Steel Armguards
  • Forearms of the Council
  • Gauntlets of the Blessings
  • Gauntlets of the Three
  • Jewel of Tumultuous Events
  • Master's Gauntlets
  • Orb of the Three
  • Rune Stamped Bracelet
  • Sceptre of Control
  • Temporal Egg
  • The Master's Bangle
  • The Master's Bauble
  • Trophy of Persistance
  • Vambraces of Trust
AA Exp Yes
Status Points none

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The Master summons groups of "a ripping terror" which look like dogs. Shortly after summoning the dogs, he will drop a 12k (unmitigated) heat based nuke on whoever has agro. He also has a chance to reflect any spell cast on him to the group/caster. AE/EncounterAE spells will hit your whole group, single target spells will only hit the person who cast it. Stunning him or mezzing him can have a devastating effect because your healers can be stunned.

This guy is cake, simply get everyone in group to JUST use auto attack, let healers heal when they need to. He does almost no damage at all if no one uses any spells or arts.

After numerous attempts at this, we found that you can use Blue AOE on him, making life a little easier, these don't get reflected. Best thing to do is review your combat logs to find out what you can and can't do with him.

Just Burn him down fast, the above strategy no longer applies. Based upon 10 fights done as of 10/28/2009

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The Master
(Richard Grey / Richard Moreau)
race: FEV Mutant
affiliation: Mutant Army
Children of the Cathedral
role: Mutant leader, Dark God
location: Cathedral
appearances: Fallout
mentioned in: Fallout 2
Fallout Tactics
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
Fallout 3
quests: Destroy the Mutant leader
Destroy the source of the Mutants
SPECIAL: ST 10, PE 10, EN 10, CH 2, IN 10, AG 10, LK 7
dialogue file: MASTER.MSG
actor: Jim Cummings
Kath Soucie
Master inside the game

The Master was the horribly mutated brain behind the Mutant Army that roamed California in mid-22nd century, worshipped by the Children of the Cathedral, and eventually defeated by the Vault Dweller. At times, the Master is referred to as the mysterious Dark God, especially by those opposed to the Children of the Cathedral. By his Children, he is referred to as the "New god". It is a hideous mutated creature composed of several other creatures and electronic parts, all apparently melded together. Apart from his appearance, one of his most notable features is his unique way of speaking. His voice is computer-generated and sentences are composed, apparently in real-time, from samples of several people's speech.




The Master was born as Richard Moreau, and was a resident of Vault 8, later known as Vault City, where he worked as a doctor. In 2092 he was exiled from the city for murder, although the circumstances surrounding the murder are unknown. He changed his name to Richard Grey and headed south, eventually settling in the Hub, where he met Harold, a prominent trader. Following ever increasing attacks on Harold's caravans by mutated creatures, the pair teamed up on May 22, 2102, and led a team of scientists who mounted an expedition to the north-west to investigate the source of the mutated animals, which were attacking the survivors of the nuclear war. On June 23, 2102, Grey and his party stumbled upon the Mariposa Military Base, in which the U.S. government had been mass producing, and experimenting with, the Forced Evolutionary Virus (or F.E.V.).

With the exception of Grey and Harold, the party was cut down by the mutated creatures and the base's internal defense systems. Harold barely escaped, and Grey was plunged into a vat of F.E.V. by a robotic arm. Floating in the vats for almost a month, the F.E.V. transformed Grey into the amorphous, blob-like being that would eventually become known as the Master. This entity expanded its biological mass by absorbing other creatures and people that came near the base, and bionically merging itself with computer equipment from the base. The ones he consumed also became part of his multiple personality. It also began capturing humans that stumbled upon its lair, and intentionally exposing them to the F.E.V. These initial mutated humans were incredibly flawed, and the Master consumed them rather than letting them live.

As he began to feel stronger and more capable than ever before, he came up with the idea to "unify" the wasteland, to make it as perfect as he believed himself to be. In January of 2103, the Master perfected his method of infecting, or "dipping", humans, and began creating the super mutants, who follow the Master's every command. Unfortunately for him, as he began to dip others in the vats he found the resulting creatures were not like himself: most often, the dipped just mutated into brutish soldiers, losing much of their brain function. It became apparent that only those with low total radiation count would not suffer this fate.

The Cathedral

In 2152, as his army's influence began to spread throughout the wastes, the Master came into contact with a group of human doomsday cultists, led by a man named Morpheus. Realizing the benefits of retaining undipped humans in his service to act as spies throughout the region, the Master recruited Morpheus's cult into his service.

In 2155, the Master discovered the location of an unnumbered experimental Vault-Tec vault prototype, located just south of the center of the ruins of Los Angeles, California, now called the Boneyard. Seeing great opportunity there, the Master relocated to the vault with his human cult followers and a portion of his ever-growing super mutant army, and oversaw the building of a large cathedral on the surface above the vault the following year. The cult became known as the Children of the Cathedral, and continued to be led by Morpheus, who reported directly to the Master. The cathedral was guarded by the Nightkin, which are super mutant elite troops equipped with StealthBoy technology.

While the Children appeared to be a fervent religious order - and, in fact, some of the low ranking members may not even have been privy to the more sinister reason behind the cult's existence - in reality, the Children and Morpheus were simply a front that the Master uses to advance his plan for the future of mankind: "The Unity".

In 2162, a person from Vault 13 known as the Vault Dweller destroyed the mutant army by causing an explosion in the FEV vats at Mariposa, which collapsed the entire base, and later killing the Master with a small nuclear bomb which the Master had earlier managed to acquire.

The Unity

The Master is creator and leader of the super mutants. He is also the mastermind behind a movement called "The Unity", the aim of which is to turn every human possible into a super mutant by means of the F.E.V. He claims that those who can not be mutated by the virus as well as those that choose not to will be allowed to live, provided they submit themselves to sterilisation. Those that resist the Unity outright will be executed for trying to stand in the way of the Master's "progress." In theory, the Unity is for humanity's own good, as Super-mutants are better adapted to live in a post-nuclear wasteland. Also, according to the Master, turning all living beings into one single race would finally eliminate the differences and the human fallacies that ultimately brought about the nuclear war.

However, the Master's scenario is not realistic as all female Super-mutants are sterile. The Vault Dweller can help Vree, a scientist of the Brotherhood of Steel, come to this conclusion, and later use this information to convince the Master that his endeavor has no chance of success.

The Master's Destruction

One of the main objectives in Fallout is to destroy the Master. The Vault Dweller has three options to choose from. He or she can either kill the Master through combat (an extremely difficult task), convince him to abandon his plan (in which case the Master commits suicide), or bypass the Master entirely by manually setting off a nuclear device, located on the fourth floor of the vault in which the Master lives. If the player encounters the Master, he or she also has the option of joining forces with the Master instead, which results in a noncanonical ending.

Unless the player joins the Master, the end result remains the same. The Master's death would trigger the nuclear device anyway, resulting in the destruction of the Cathedral.

Returning to the Cathedral after the Nuclear Device is detonated, the Vault Dweller simply sees a gaping black crater.

The Master's Powers and Abilities

The Master has extremely powerful psionic abilities, able to project extremely vivid hallucinations that easily break the mind of any enemy without some form of mental protection. Besides his psionic abilities, the Master also has a genius level intellect and incredible natural charisma, having rallied an army of cultishly devoted human and super-mutant followers around him. He has mastered genetic engineering through his experiments with the Forced Evolutionary Virus.

The Master is also hard to kill through combat if you don't specialize in such, due to the Master's bio-electrical integration with the Cathedral Vault's Overseer Chair, giving him access to its twin Gatling lasers, providing the Master with some level of firepower, though the real danger in the fight comes from the repeatedly spawning super mutants.

If, on the other hand, you have the proper equipment (such as a turbo plasma rifle, hardened power armor or Tesla Armor, and a few stims) and high stats in energy weapons, endurance, etc. then the Master is fairly easy to defeat. Aim for the eye and you're golden.

Because the Master is integrated into the Vault Overseer's chair, he counts as a robotic enemy and is highly vulnerable to pulse grenades (which are a viable way for non-combat oriented characters to still defeat the Master in a straight fight).


The Master is tough. He has 500 hit points, can attack twice per round, and is protected by an almost constantly respawning supply of super-mutant bodyguards.

Related Holodisks

Richard Grey Audio Diary


If the player leaves the base after attacking the master the super mutants won't spawn anymore, making the fight a lot easier.


  • It is nearly impossible to use "tell you about" function because he always answers "I am the master, I don't have to answer to you".
The following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • In Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Attis, the general of what's left of the mutant army, uses an experimental strain of FEV on himself, and becomes a blob-like creature that covers all the surroundings, and is later destroyed by the nuke detonation. Attis' condition and ultimate fate is, of course, a nod to the Master.
End of information based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
  • Harold mentioned above also appears in Fallout 3, as the tree in the center of Oasis

Appearances in games

The Master appeared only in the first Fallout game, but he is mentioned in all Fallout games. In Fallout 2, it was revealed that he was previously called Moreau and was exiled from Vault City. In Fallout 3, Harold states that he remembers a friend who fell into the FEV vats at Mariposa, but does not explicitly state any names. The Master's three "male" voices were provided by Jim Cummings, and his "female" voice was provided by Kath Soucie.

Behind the scenes

His name is a reference to The Island of Doctor Moreau, a 1896 Science Fiction novel by British author H.G.Wells. Like Moreau of the story, the Master "plays God" by genetically altering creatures to his own ends.

Antagonists in the Fallout games
Major characters of Fallout

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Guild Wars

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The Master

Species: Ghost
Profession: Necromancer Image:necromancer-icon.png
Level(s): 28(30)



Final boss of level 2 in the Cathedral of Flames dungeon. Killing him and his group will open the gates to level 3.


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ST Expanded

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In an alternate universe, The Master was a male Time Lord, and contemporary (and arch-nemesis) of the Doctor. (Star Trek: Daedalus)

Starfleet encountered the Master in early 2382, when his TARDIS materialized on Pharos Station without warning. When Captain Christopher Mackenzie and Lieutenant Fabian Montana went to investigate, they found smoke billowing out of the TARDIS and the Master was lying unconscious in the open doorway. ("The Captain's Table: Living Legends")

The Master's story will be concluded in the upcoming, "An Orphan in the Storm".

Background information

  • In photomanipulations the Master is portrayed by Derek Jacobi who also portrayed the Master in the Season Three Doctor Who episode, "Utopia".
  • This story also takes place before "Utopia", as the Master has just ran after seeing the Daleks take the Cruciform, as indicated in the Doctor Who episode, "The Sound of Drums".

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