The Master


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The Master

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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.
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For such offenders, if any such there be, a rod of birch is hanging over the fireplace, and a heavy ferule lies on the master's desk.
A third-and he is the master's favorite--shall be a worthy successor to the old Puritan ministers now in their graves; he shall preach with great unction and effect, and leave volumes of sermons, in print and manuscript, for the benefit of future generations.
Two or three of you, I fear, are doomed to feel the master's ferule.
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.' 'I will see to it, master,' answered Gretel.
It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' 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:
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. Or at least White Fang thought he was deserted, until he smelled out the master's canvas clothes-bags alongside of him, and proceeded to mount guard over them.
It were disproportion enough, for the servant's good to be preferred before the master's; but yet it is a greater extreme, when a little good of the servant, shall carry things against a great good of the master's.
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.