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Big Finish brings Doctor Who The Movie’s Eric Roberts back as The Master!

May 3rd, 2018 by Marc Comments

Big Finish Productions’ ongoing Doctor Who audio series, The Diary of River Song, is fast approaching its fifth volume and it looks like it’s going to be a real – cough – Master class.

Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that three previous Masters (well, technically One is Mistress) will be returning to their audio adventures in the shape of Geoffrey Beevers (1970), Derek Jacobi (2007) and Michelle Gomez (2016) and joining them will be the one and only Eric Roberts who played The Master in the Movie (1996).

The man who brought Doctor Who back in 2005, Steven Moffat, had considered bringing Roberts back as The Master as he was the last person to play the character before her returned in the form of John Simm to face David Tennant’s timelord, but Moffat just didn’t think he was the right choice: “I like that TV movie and I liked him as the Master, I thought he was funny,” said Moffat at the time.

“But he’s not part… and sometimes this just happens… he’s not part, somehow, of anyone’s pantheon of Doctor Who. Not because he didn’t do well – he did do it well – and not because that film isn’t good – it is quite good – it’s just not really there.”

Fair enough.

But if you agree or not, Roberts is returning to the role thanks to Big Finish and we’re pretty excited!


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….