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This page lists appearances of The Master in the order in which they experienced them. It relies on much speculation to fit semi-contradictory sources together, and should absolutely not be seen as representative of this wiki's general policy.

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Time at the Academy[]

At the age of eight, the Master stares into the Untempered Schism, and reacts by being driven mad by what he sees. (TV: The Sound of Drums)
The Master meets the First Doctor on his first day at the Academy. (TV: World Enough and Time) They later join the Deca. (PROSE: Divided Loyalties)
The Master and the Doctor are bullied by Torvic. After Torvic is killed, the Master becomes Death's Champion. (AUDIO: Master)
During their time at the Academy, the Master and the Doctor travel into Gallifrey's past in search of Valdemar. (PROSE: Tomb of Valdemar)
The Master and the Doctor work on the Consolidator, but the Doctor wants no part in its success, leading to a rift between him and the Master. (PROSE: Harvest of Time)
The Master is still a youngster who has yet to leave Gallifrey, but he has already taken the name of "the Master". He has yet to develop the amorality of his future incarnations and will only kill if it is absolutely necessary.
The Master goes on an Academy research project while the Doctor is expelled from the Academy. (PROSE: Divided Loyalties)

Life on Gallifrey[]

"Koschei" is locked in the Tower with the Doctor for "a silly prank gone wrong". After they have an argument, the Doctor leaves him behind when he escapes. "Koschei" is eventually able to free himself by hypnotizing Chris Cwej. He has already lead a failed revolt against the Superiors.
"Magnus" and "Theta Sigma" have a final falling out.
The Master attends a ritual in Arcadia, where he gives Susan Foreman a communication node disguised as a toy. (AUDIO: The Toy)
The events of this book can be interpreted as being set in the early lives of the Doctor and the Master, or much later. With the former interpretation, the end of the Magistrate's plotline in this novel shows him being cast from his life on Gallifrey to become "the Master".

Fleeing Gallifrey[]

In one account, the Master flees Gallifrey shortly before the Doctor does after failing to start a rebellion against the High Council. (PROSE: Birth of a Renegade)
Immediately after the Doctor and Susan flee Gallifrey, the Master tries to use the communication node to find them.
The Master is still living on Gallifrey and trying to find out why the Doctor has left.


According to this account, "Koschei" did not use the name "the Master" until he was corrupted by the Darkheart. Appearing to be the same incarnation from Terror of the Autons, "Koschei" meets the Second Doctor and, after learning that the Time Lords have been spying on him, gives into his evil temptation, only to end up trapped in a black hole.

"Renegade" Master[]

Immediately after he flees Gallifrey, the Master's TARDIS breaks down and he ends up trapped at the "earliest Segment of Time" on the planet Destination, where he eventually runs afoul with the First Doctor.
The Master encounters the Seventh Doctor, who notes that the Master is still in his "early days". The Doctor deduces that the Master is still stuck on Destination, trying to escape, setting this shortly after The Destination Wars.
The Master is wearing a black Nehru jacket and is wielding a Tissue Compression Eliminator. After being defeated by the Second Doctor, the Master ends up imprisoned and awaiting trial, with the Time Lords due to represent him.

Next known page: "UNIT enemy" Master

Currently unplaced[]

These entries are placed here due to being part of ongoing storylines that have yet to offer sufficient enough evidence to be placed in a specific part of this Master's timeline, unless further evidence arises in the stories to come.

Awaiting placement[]

These entries are placed here until a suitable position in the timeline can be determined based on the available evidence.