Anthony Ainley’s Master
Anthony was the first actor to re-occur as The Master since Roger Delgado, he also served longer than anyone has to date.
This Master started life as a Body Snatcher, taking over the body of Tremas of Traken, the father of the Doctor’s new Companion Nyssa. And this Master was quite a bit more unhinged and surreal than his prior selves.
This Master was a Megalomaniac, a narcissist and a sadist all round up into one package. He reveled in playing games the The Doctor in a grand goatee twirling version of a 1920’s tie the companion to the railroad track kind of a guy.
He loved overly elaborate schemes and disguises because he was playing with the Doctor and The universe. He loved dressing the part, fake anagram names were all a part of the game.
He wanted to kill the Doctor, but he didn’t. for if he did he would be sadly alone with no one to play with so he just kept on playing the game. He was toying with The Universe that drove him mad as a child and now The Doctor was his most stimulating playtoy.
My favorite scene of Ainley’s Master is from “The Five Doctors” during the Lord President’s speech in the council chambers.
BORUSA: You are one of the most evil and corrupt beings this Time Lord race has ever produced. Your crimes are without number and your villainy without end. Nevertheless, we are prepared to offer you a full and free pardon.
MASTER: What makes you think I want your forgiveness?
Watch his reactions to what the Lord President says about him and how his takes it as a compliment.
Truly, Master-ful. 🙂
We don’t know how this Master ended up on Skaro for the 1996 TV Movie but this Master was the prototype for the Modern Masters to come. The grandly theatrical Jon Simm and the overly elaborate and complicated BFF game that Missy plays out. He is the Master and you will Obey Him!