Post by mark687 on Sept 20, 2018 15:41:40 GMT
This is a hard call for me. Have to very frank here. In my opinion, Michelle Gomez was overqualified to play the part as written. She made it seem there was more interesting things at play with the Master than there actually were.
Save for the brief (very brief) stint Sir Derek Jacobi partook in, I am not at all a fan of the New Who Master in either show-runner's tenure. I know this may not jive with everyone else, but I didn't like the Joker-ization of the Master: anarchist who does whenever whatever for no apparent reason and has no motivation other than pestering the Batman..
On the other hand, we're talking about Big Finish and Michelle Gomez together. Whenever Big Finish secure an performer like her, and you take into account their vested interest in the characters that enter their canon, it's like watching the Mega Powers collide. Can I really doubt that Big Finish aren't going to take full advantage when I know that the War Master set was more than just a set of excellent stories, it was test, and probably a bigger step than we might give it credit for right now. In a few years time we might find that the door was swung wide open and a whole new avenue for Who stories await, tackling subject matter that might otherwise not finds it way to our ears.
Completely agree Series 8 &9 the Character as written is awful. Michelle Gomez does the best she can with it, and I'd even go so far as to say her appearance in Series 9 was a waste of time.
However in Series 10, though I couldn't think what could make the character think "its time I let the Doctor try to teach me his way of doing things [which I hope is an objective of this Boxset], Gomez pulls off the inner conflict very well, so that when the inevitable happens its a genuinely tragic loss of what might've been.