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Masters of War was the eighth Doctor Who Unbound audio story produced by Big Finish Productions, it was also a sequel to the second Unbound story Sympathy for the Devil. For this story, David Warner reprised his role as the Unbound Doctor alongside Nicholas Courtney as an alternative Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Also featuring in this story was Terry Molloy as an alternative version of Davros. This story was set hundreds of years following The Daleks and presents an alternative history free of the Doctor's presence in Genesis of the Daleks. This story was double the length of the previous Sympathy for the Devil (1 CD) being presented over 2 CDs.

The Doctor of this story and Sympathy for the Devil later crossed paths with Bernice Summerfield in The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield.

Publisher's summary[]

The Doctor and his travelling companion, retired army officer Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, take a random trip in the TARDIS - and land on the planet Skaro. The Doctor helped the Thals to defeat the Daleks years ago, so he is surprised to find the Thal city under Dalek occupation. He determines to help them again, but what is the Daleks' purpose in keeping the Thals alive? Does it have anything to do with the Daleks' mythical creator, named in their teachings as Davros?


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  • The Doctor uses a sonic screwdriver at one point.
  • The Brigadier gets food from the TARDIS' food machine.
  • The Quatch are from another dimension.
  • The Daleks mobilise several saucers to attack the Quatch.
  • The Daleks' gunsticks are detachable and can fire independently of the Daleks.
  • The Doctor's absence from the creation of the Daleks meant the Daleks abandoned their creator Davros instead of taking the chance to exterminate him.
  • Nadel has bipolar disorder.
  • The Dalek race has split in half - one group abandoned the search for Davros and went off to conquer the universe while the second group continue to search for Davros. The first group are known as Renegade Daleks. The Doctor is more familiar with those who abandoned the search for Davros.
  • The Daleks plan to transform the Thals into Daleks to fight against the Quatch.


  • The Dalek/Thal war being caused by a third alien race, and Daleks being capable of coexisting with the Thals, were elements dropped from Terry Nation's original proposal for TV: The Daleks. [1]
  • The Thousand Year War and Davros' history are different (to the proper timeline), most notably that the war was considerably shorter than a thousand years and started closer to the end. The Quatch's involvement - and the Quatch themselves - do not seem to be caused by any difference in the Doctor's timeline.
  • This would be the final Big Finish audio drama to feature Davros until AUDIO: The Curse of Davros in January 2012.
  • This is the only story in performed Doctor Who to feature both the Brigadier and Davros.
  • This story was originally released on CD and download on 1 December 2008.[2] It is now available as a download only.
  • This story was recorded on 11 & 12 October 2007 at The Moat Studios.


External links[]


  1. Doctor Who 50 Years #1: The Daleks - "The Survivors" (May 2013)
  2. LATEST AND UPCOMING RELEASES - Archived on 25-12-2010