Missy/The Master as in The Witch's' Familiar
Missy/The Master as in The Witch’s Familiar


Played by: Michelle Gomez, John Simm, William Hughes, Derek Jacobi,  Eric Roberts, Gordon Tripple, Anthony Ainley, Geoffrey Beevers, Peter Pratt, Roger Delgado
First appearance
Terror of the Autons (regular)
Last appearance The Witch’s Familiar (regular)

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Roger Delgado was the first actor to play the Master, he appeared in 1971 in the Terror of the Autons, till his death in 1973 – Frontier in Space.

Peter Pratt was the Master in The Deadly Assassin, who appeared to have used up all of his regenerations, then in 1981 Geoffrey Beevers replaced him in the Keeper of Traken.

Anthony Ainley took over in Logopolis, which marked the end of the Tom Baker era, he continued till the end of the series in 1989 – Survival but did reprise the role in the 1997 Computer Game, Destiny of the Doctors.

Eric Roberts took over the role as the Master in the TV Movie

The producers wanted an American actor to play the role and Eric was an ideal choice

At the beginning of the story the Master assumed form of a snake as his other form had been exterminated by the Daleks. He caused the TARDIS to crash land on Earth.

Later he escaped from the TARDIS and took Bruce the Paramedics body to help him get a new body, later he realised the body wouldn’t last long and decided to take the Doctors remaining lives.

The Doctor was captured and the Master nearly succeeded but was stopped by Grace who set the TARDIS back in time to erase history.

Sir Derek Jacobi was the Master in the Animated feature Scream of the Shalka and the producers of the 2005 show they invited him back to star in episode 11 of series 3 “Utopia“, after that John Simm, the leading actor from Life on Mars took over from the end of episode 11 to episode 13..

John Simm continued to play the role till the End of Time then a twist they decided that the Master should change gender.

All thirteen Doctors intervened and saved Gallifrey from the Daleks, placing it and all its inhabitants within a pocket universe. (The Day of the Doctor) The Master managed to escape from the pocket universe in which Gallifrey existed. (Death in Heaven)

Working with the Cybermen, Missy took over the 3W Institute, an organisation founded by Dr Skarosa to care for dead bodies, in order to create a Cyberman army of the dead. She uploaded dying minds to the Nethersphere; a virtual reality housed within a matrix data slice. This reality changed and rewritten the minds, removing their emotions before re-downloading them into their Cyber-converted bodies. (Dark Water)

At some point, Missy gave Clara Oswald the Doctor’s phone number, claiming it was a tech support line, leading to Clara becoming a companion of the Eleventh Doctor and subsequently the Twelfth Doctor. (The Bells of Saint John, Deep Breath)

Missy went along the Doctor’s timeline and greeted people who died in the Doctor’s name, (Death in Heaven) such as the Half-Face Man (Deep Breath) and Gretchen Carlisle. (Into the Dalek)

Finding herself “a bit busy”, (The Caretaker) Missy began to secretly monitor the Doctor and Clara, (Flatline) such as when Earth was saved from a solar flare by a forest that grew overnight. (In the Forest of the Night)

Missy met the Twelfth Doctor and Clara at one of 3W’s mausoleums, which she hidden inside St Paul’s Cathedral with dimensional engineering.

First posing as a robot and sharing a kiss with the very confused Doctor she later reveals she had lied about the robot part just as the Cybermen were getting ready to unleash themselves on London. During this time Missy told the Doctor he knew who she was, though he had discovered she was a member of the Time Lords as she was using technology from their home world, he had no idea which Time Lord she was, until outside London; as the Cybermen roam the streets Missy says that her name was short for Mistress, which would make more sense in her current incarnation than going by her more well known moniker: The Master, revealing to the shocked Doctor her true identity. (Dark Water)

Missy was captured by UNIT, and is implied to have tipped them off on the Cybermen’s presence. She was taken onto Boat One along with the Doctor. However she sent out a signal to the Cybermen, who attacked the plane. Missy freed herself and disintegrated Osgood. She had the plane destroyed and teleported away. The Doctor found out from the Cyber-converted Danny Pink that she planned to have the rain fall again, killing humanity, who would be Cyber-converted. She later teleported into the graveyard the Doctor had piloted his TARDIS to. Missy gave him control of the Cybermen, wanting him to use them as an army. However she was defeated with the help of Danny, who had not deleted his emotions. Clara wanted to kill her with her own weapon, however the Doctor went to kill her. But she was instead disintegrated by a rogue Cyberman, the Doctor’s old friend the Brigadier. (Death in Heaven)

The Master spawned at least one child, a daughter. The Doctor gifted the Master a pendant after an event which involved her occurred. (The Witch’s Familiar)

Searching for the Doctor

Some time later, Missy re-emerged, somehow surviving her “death”, and got the attention of both Clara and UNIT by freezing all the airborne planes on Earth in time. Summoning Clara, the Doctor’s current companion, she showed her the Doctor’s confession dial, the Time Lord equivalent of a will. Together, she and Clara tracked the Doctor down to Essex in 1138. Unbeknownst to them, they led Colony Sarff right to the Doctor. Sarff then took the three to Skaro, although they were led to believe that they were still in deep space. While the Doctor was taken to Davros, Missy and Clara escaped their cell, but were soon captured by a Dalek. They were taken to the other Daleks before they were both seemingly exterminated. (The Magician’s Apprentice)

She later expressed jealously at the idea that Davros had become the Doctor’s archnenemy and not her. (The Magician’s Apprentice)

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