In Review: Big Finish: The War Master: The Master of Callous

It’s sheer joy to listen to a brilliant actor have all the fun in the world, as his alter ego takes the agonizing screams around him in stride.

Synopsis: On the mining colony Callous, Elliot King struggles to meet the demands of its governor, Teremon. The odds are stacked against him, and his options are running low. The world that once promised dreams now offers only despair.

A wild Ood stalks the forests, carrying an antiquated phone. The caller promises much – he claims he can change the world – but he always speaks a devastating truth.

He is the Master and the Ood will obey him… but to what end?

Review: James Goss and Guy Adams have written a masterful Shakespearean tale for a masterful Shakespearean actor (no pun intended). The War Master: The Master of Callous has everything — ambition, obsession, greed, madness, love, death, death, and more death. Throughout, The Ood are protagonists, antagonists, and the Greek chorus.

The supporting cast including Silas Carson, Maeve Bluebell Wells, Samantha Béart, and Pippa Haywood are all superb when star Derek Jacobi isn’t in their scenes. When he is in their scenes, however, a different level is achieved — like going from peanut butter to peanut butter and dark chocolate.

Jacobi plays my favorite modern incarnation of The Master. He portrays manipulative evil with wit, charm, and deadly edge. It’s sheer joy to listen to a brilliant actor have all the fun in the world, as his alter ego takes the agonizing screams around him in stride.

Written By: James Goss, Guy Adams

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Derek Jacobi (The Master), Silas Carson (The Ood), Maeve Bluebell Wells (Cassandra King), Samantha Béart (Martine King), Simon Ludders (Elliot King), Pippa Haywood (Teremon), David Menkin (Herschel), Barnaby Edwards (Jaques), Richard Earl (Sassanby), Kai Owen (Porrit), Joe Shire (Calia), Angela Bruce (Mother), Wilf Scolding (First Soldier) and Tom Forrister (Second Soldier). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer Scott Handcock

Script Editor Nicholas Briggs

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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