Post by lidar2 on Apr 27, 2021 9:56:04 GMT
And it's not like a one word ambiguous typo in a news release once, they even interviewed James about how he felt playing the first incarnation of the character here:
Thing is, I do absolutely understand why people think it’s the first Master. It’s something that often happens with stories - people go with the information they get quite early on (the two stories of mine I think people get wrong are Iceni - which isn’t a ‘you can’t change history’ story - and Assassination Games - which isn’t a C-M story more than a Who, for just this reason: opinions made in the first few minutes), so the press release seems to trump the actual content of the audios in question. I’m just saying I’m not really sure where that marketing spiel came from. I suspect it may just have been an assumption or the wrong end of the stick from the marketing department. That’s definitely happened!
And as I’ve said elsewhere - he still could be, don’t get me wrong. But if there hasn’t been much made of him as ‘the first Master’ there’s a reason for that.
Sorry to bring up an old discussion but I thought it worth mentioning that I was relistening to vol 1 of the 1DAs and in the extras David Richardson specifically says (about 13 and a half minutes in) that he wanted to stories split down the middle between historicals and science fiction like the first season on TV and he gave the writers a free hand with the only proviso being that they had to use the first incarnation of the Master. That is not a verbatim quote but he does definitely say "first" when explaining the brief given to the writers.
So the idea of Dreyfus as the first Master is definitely not something that originated within the BF Marketing Department as is suggested above.