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The Master Is Back
The Master Is Back
 Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces, so MI6 turn to the only people who can help: The Doctor and friends.

 As they travel the globe looking for answers, attacks come from all sides. Earth’s security rests on the team's shoulders, but where will this planet-threatening conspiracy lead them? A terrifying plan to destroy humanity is about to reach fruition.

 Can The Doctor and her friends escape multiple traps and defeat a deadly alliance?

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General Information

Season: Thirty Eight (New Series 12)
Production Code: 12-1/12-2
Story Number: 287 (New Series: 131)
Episode Numbers:852 - 853 (New Series: 156 - 157)
Number of Episodes: 2
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates:
Broadcast Started: 01 January 2020
Broadcast Finished: 05 January 2020
Colour Status: HD Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff)
Location: South Africa; Wales - Cardiff Central Police Station and Hallamshire Police Headquarters
Writer:Chris Chibnall
Directors:Jamie Magnus Stone (Part 1) and Lee Haven Jones (Part 2)
Producer:Alex Mercer
Series Producer:Nikki Wilson
Executive Producers:Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens
Executive Producer (for the BBC):Ben Irving
Assistant Directors:Christian Jeffcoat, Jennifer Day and Rosey-Pepper Mortley
Script Supervisors:Aina Sabaté-Giralt (Part 1) and Nicki Coles (Part 2)
Script Editors:Fiona McAllister and Caroline Buckley (Assistant)
Series Script Editor:Sheena Bucktowonsing
Editors:Rebecca Trotman, David S J Davies (Assistant), Hayley Williams (Assistant), Alastair Gray (Assistant VFX), Tom Chapman (Part 2) and Georgina Careless (VFX)
Colourist:Gareth Spensley
Head of Production:Radford Neville
Production Executive:Tracie Simpson
Production Manager:Delmi Thomas
Production Assistants:Agatha Jackson and Ariana Scott
Post Production Supervisor:Ceres Doyle
Supervising Location Manager:Iwan Roberts
Location Manager:Gareth Roberts
Production Designer:Dafydd Shurmer
Director of Photography:Catherine Goldschmidt (Part 1) and Ed Moore (Part 2)
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Line Producer:Steffan Morris
Costume Designer:Ray Holman
Make-Up Designer:Claire Pritchard-Jones
Cameramen:Dan Patounas (Assistant), Gwilym Jenner (Assistant), Joshua Montoro-Bailes (Assistant), Scott Waller (Assistant), Sophie Hardcastle (Assistant) and Mark McQuoid (Operator)
Incidental Music:Segun Akinola
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Harry Barnes
Sound Recordist:Deian Llyr Humphreys
Dubbing Mixers:Howard Bargroff and Kiran Marshall
Visual Effects:DNEG
Special Effects:Real SFX
Special Creature Effects:Robert Allsopp & Associates
Stunt Co-ordinator:Crispin Layfield
Stunt Performers:Adam Basil, Andrew Burford, Belinda McGinley, Chris Morrison, Christian Knight, Christina Low, Joel Conlan, Lloyd Bass, Matt Sherren, Paul Bailey, Rick English and Stephanie Carey
Title Sequence:Ben Pickles
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Segun Akinola
Additional VFX: Ben Pickles
Additional VFX: BBC Wales Graphics
Creature Designer: Ray Holman
Music Conducted and Orchestrated By: Alec Roberts
Music Recorded By: Olga Fitzroy
Music Mixed By: Goetz Botzenhardt
South Africa Crew - Producer: Adam Friedlander
South Africa Crew - Production Manager: Simon Rhodes
South Africa Crew - Production Designer: Darryl Hammer
South Africa Crew - Camera Operator: Michael Carstensen
South Africa Crew - Sound Mixer: Ivan Milborrow
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker (The Thirteenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: Bradley Walsh (Graham O'Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) and Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan) Guest Cast: Lenny Henry (Daniel Barton), Stephen Fry (C) Additional Cast: Sacha Dhawan (O/The Master), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), Ravin J Ganatra (Hakim Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Melissa De Vries (Sniper), Sacharissa Claxton (Passenger), William Ely (Older Passenger), Brian Law (Operative (US)), Buom Tihngang (Tibo), Asif Khan (Sergeant Ramesh Sunder), Andrew Bone (Mr Collins), Ronan Summers (Rendition Man), Christopher McArthur (Ethan), Darron Meyer (Seesay), Dominique Maher (Browning), Struan Rodger (Voice of Kasaavin), Sylvie Briggs (Ada Lovelace), Aurora Marion (Noor Inayat Khan), Mark Dexter (Charles Babbage), Andrew Pipe (Inventor), Tom Ashley (Airport Worker), Kenneth Jay (Perkins), Blanche Williams (Barton's Mother)Setting: Ivory Coast, West Africa; Above the Pacific Ocean; Moscow, Russia; Sheffield, Yorkshire; MI6, London; San Francisco, USA; Great Victoria Desert, Australia; VOR HQ, Vallis Estate, Essex, 2020; London, 1834; Paris, 1943; Kasaavin Realm Villains:Daniel Barton, The Kasaavin and The Master

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
Duration Viewers
In Archive
852Part 101 January 202059'51"6.7Yes
853Part 205 January 202060'39"5.9Yes

Total Duration 2 Hours

Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 6.3


 This story exists and is held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.

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Story Images

The Doctor and C in MI6
The Doctor and C in MI6
The Doctor
The Doctor
Agent O
Agent O
Daniel Barton
Daniel Barton
The Mysterious Lifeform
The Mysterious Lifeform
Secret Agents
Secret Agents
Daniel Barton Makes His Speech
Daniel Barton Makes His Speech
The Master in Disguise
The Master in Disguise
The Master Trapped
The Master Trapped
The Doctor Is Shocked
The Doctor Is Shocked

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Release Information

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In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 546 (Released: January 2020)

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Jodie Whittaker
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Bradley Walsh
Graham O'Brien
Tosin Cole
Ryan Sinclair
Mandip Gill
Yasmin Khan


Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 546
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 546

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