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CIA File Extracts was the second in the series of three short DWU books published by FASA to tie in with The Doctor Who Role Playing Game. Like the other two, it contained no interactive elements, instead being presented as an in-universe history of its subjects, one of the Doctor's main enemies: the Master.

The cover gave the title as The Master: CIA File Extracts. However, the book's legal title, as it appeared on the copyright page, was instead CIA File Extracts.

Publisher's summary[]

According to CIA studies and reports, the renegade Time Lord known as "The Master" is one of the most disruptive forces in the whole time-space continuum. It is now believed that the real goal of all the Master's schemes and operations is to take supreme power in the universe by altering the face of history.

The enclosed data entries and reports provide operatives and interested or affected parties new and detailed information on the Master's activities, abilities, characteristics, accomplices and special foes, preferred equipment, and possible locations for future operations.


Upon learning that the report the Doctor had filed of the Master's death on Sarn was inaccurate and the infamous renegade has in fact escaped, Lady Rowellanuraven, a Coordinator of the Celestial Intervention Agency, takes it upon herself to gather biodata file extracts and other reports pertaining to the Master and mails them to the TARDISes of all currently active CIA agents, threatening them with termination of CIA employment if they do not immediately update their TARDIS data banks with this new information.

The files add up to a partially speculative history of the Master from his early days on Gallifrey to his recent apparent death on Sarn. Although by and large accurate, the biography tends to downplay the threat of the Master. This prompts an unstable agent, Melistar, to attempt to add a much more alarming message to the file, which the CIA try to suppress, insisting that Melistar is not of sound mind.



The Doctor[]

  • In their early years on Gallifrey, the Doctor and the Master were both interventionists, although the Doctor found the Master's theories excessive.