Thursday, November 21, 2019


Why did you decide to pitch a story for Master Pieces?

It was an interesting exercise to see if the Master would work without the Doctor, (the two characters are so intertwined), without him/her becoming just a generic, moustache-twirling pantomime villain. Readers will judge, but I think we have absolutely succeeded, as have Big Finish, especially in their War Master and Missy ranges - which were launched after we embarked on this book.

What are you most proud of about your story?

That it exists. I originally pitched it when the project was first started by Scott, but it was (rightly) rejected. With Paul's help, I have adapted and refined my original idea and am now quite happy with it.

Can you give us a little taster of what the readers can expect from your piece?

Several Masters, some other familiar characters and hopefully a few surprises. I've probably pushed the boundaries of what was allowed a little bit.

How did you find the writing process? 

The most fun was catching the voices of the various Masters I was using. Once I knew where I was going with it, it all flowed out quite quickly, although the final twist was not what I was expecting when I began writing.

Where else we can find your work? 

My first published fiction was five stories in the Big Finish Short Trips books (no longer available). I've written for several of the Watching Books You and Who series and ATB's Outside In books on Star Trek and Buffy and Angel. Soon to be published, is a piece on Catweazle for Hidden Tiger's book Tis Magic; a piece on Goon Show books in Obverse Books' magazine From a Story By; and a crossover story featuring characters from a 90s and a 70s TV show, in a book that has yet to be announced.

What’s your favourite Master story?

Either The Dæmons or Terror of the Autons.

Who do you think should play the next Master and why?

No preference at all for which actor/actress - although I do wish they would move away from the near comedic psychosis of the Simm and Gomez versions and back to the smooth, calculated evil of the original Delgado Master.

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