The Master


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The Master

(pop culture)
The Master is the archnemesis of the Doctor, the hero of the British Broadcasting Company's legendary, long-running science fiction series Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present). Like the Doctor, the Master (whose original name is Koschei) is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey and travels through time and space in a vehicle called a TARDIS. Yet unlike the benevolent Doctor, the Master is bent on conquering the universe. The Master debuted in the Doctor Who story arc “Terror of the Autons” (1971) and was originally portrayed by actor Roger Delgado, who had an appropriately Mephistophelean look. After Delgado died in an automobile accident, he was succeeded in the role by Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Gordon Tipple, and Eric Roberts. A Time Lord is able to stave off death twelve times by regenerating his body. (This is the series' way of justifying recasting the Doctor over the decades.) But the Master (in his Delgado form) had used up all his regenerations, and hence has had to find different methods of extending his existence, including taking possession of host bodies. Besides his many appearances on the television series, the Master has also been featured in Doctor Who novels and audio dramas. As of 2006 the Master's last canonical appearance was in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie, in which he was sucked into an artificial “black hole” and seemingly killed. Nevertheless, arch-villains like the Master almost always find a way to survive their apparent destruction.
References in classic literature ?
The master looks at his great silver watch, and then, with tiresome deliberation, puts the ferule into his desk.
Now the master has set everything to rights, and is ready to go home to dinner.
It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel, there is a guest coming this evening; prepare me two fowls very daintily.
She ran to the window, to see if the master was not coming with his guest, but she saw no one, and went back to the fowls and thought:
Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid, and took the great knife, wherewith he was going to carve the chickens, and sharpened it on the steps.
He was put into a baggage-car by the master, chained in a corner in the midst of heaped trunks and valises.
And here, in this inferno of luggage, was White Fang deserted by the master.
The woman's arms went out and clutched the master around the neck--a hostile act
The master is not so called from his knowing how to manage his slave, but because he is so; for the same reason a slave and a freeman have their respective appellations.
The master is fre- quently compelled to sell this class of his slaves, out of deference to the feelings of his white wife; and, cruel as the deed may strike any one to be, for a man to sell his own children to human flesh-mongers, it is often the dictate of humanity for him to do so; for, unless he does this, he must not only whip them himself, but must stand by and see one white son tie up his brother, of but few shades darker com- plexion than himself, and ply the gory lash to his naked back; and if he lisp one word of disapproval, it is set down to his parental partiality, and only makes a bad matter worse, both for himself and the slave whom he would protect and defend.
And Squirts, the master of the Middle Third, grew more ill-tempered every day.
The rest of the boys, for reasons best known to themselves, though they loathed the master, took his side in the affair, and, to show their indignation that the school's business had been dealt with outside, made things as uncomfortable as they could for Walters' younger brother, who still remained.