The man with the rosette knew the Doctor before he had lost his memories. The man was known to have tried to destroy the universe while the Doctor tried to save it. The man and the Doctor "had all of time and space as [their] battlefield", and had many duels upon it. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)
During the War in Heaven, Mother and Father were shown a vision by a loa where, in the post-War future, the Magistrate toyed absently with his rosette while he and the other Ministers waited for their Elemental Emperor who wandered aimlessly in an "exile's century". (PROSE: The Story So Far...)
After the destruction of Gallifrey, the man travelled to Earth in the 18th century and sat with Scarlette in a pub during a brawl. He wore a blue Whig rosette and spoke with her about politics. He left before the Eighth Doctor arrived.
He later met Scarlette at the London docks, where he gave her a pair of rings for the Doctor's wedding. At the Doctor's wedding he sat in the seat reserved for the Doctor's family. He did not interact with the other guests but simply sat quietly and helped himself to the wine.
The man left a wedding present for Scarlette: a fake rose of blue and white satin, resembling no flower on Earth.
The man later met the Doctor in the Kingdom of Beasts. As they stood on a hill, they talked about the state of the universe without Gallifrey in it. The man told the Doctor that he would not fight him because there were only four of their kind left in existence. He told the Doctor that Sabbath and his people were now the future of the universe before he quietly left.
The man was present at the fall of the house on Henrietta Street, where he told Lisa-Beth that he was leaving and that, if he couldn't find something to alleviate his boredom, he would go to sleep until the universe was ready for him again, even if it took a million years. He then walked away from the house on Henrietta Street.
Over the next centuries, many individuals impersonating the Doctor claimed that the man had returned in an "unexpected capacity". However, the meaning of this was never revealed. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)
The man with the rosette had dark hair and spoke with an English accent. He was noted to be slim and of "distinguished middle age". He wore a black shirt upon which he sported a blue and white rosette, signifying the colours of the Whig party. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) He had a sallow face. He grew a pointed black beard after the Doctor had shaven his. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Behind the scenes Edit
- In Lance Parkin's AHistory, Parkin acknowledges that creator Lawrence Miles intended the man with the rosette to be the Master.
- In The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, the Doctor recognises the man with the rosette despite amnesia. In Lance Parkin's The School of Doom, published in Myth Makers 12 and set during the interim of Father Time, the Eighth Doctor and Miranda Dawkins meet an incarnation of the Master who is one of the four surviving elementals.