War Seed was the second story in the audio anthology Missy and the Monk, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Johnny Candon and featured Michelle Gomez as Missy and Rufus Hound as the Monk.
Missy takes the Monk to Earth to make a point – she can be nice if she wants. In fact, she can save the planet! While the Monk tries to charm the corporate sharks, Missy makes them a better offer. To supply the ultimate warrior, created in the ultimate war...
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- Missy - Michelle Gomez
- The Monk - Rufus Hound
- Richard Temple - John Telfer
- Anastasia Temple - Lynsey Murrell
- The Seed - Samuel Collings
- Missy has apparently tweeted a picture of the Monk while he was "on the loo".
- The Monk's TARDIS first disguises itself as a Chevy 67, then into a Police Box and finally a suitcase on wheels.
- The Monk finds humans very attractive, including male and female.
- Richard Temple is selling regeneration. Instead of changing body, they simply deage and get better looking.
- Missy threatens to use all her guns to make Richard Temple's office look like a "dropped lasagna".
- Richard refers to Missy as "Nanny McPhee".
- The Seed was found drifting in Arkansas. The Seed was "acquired" by a certain expert institution and later sold to Temple.
- The Master created the Seed - a War Seed - by using her own DNA. She made more than one. Due to her DNA being present, the War Seed's face keeps changing between the Master's faces. A War Seed embeds itself into a society and turns the populace into soldiers that answer to the Time Lords.
- Missy suggests that if Temple returns her son, she will offer him the army left behind.
- Missy once again refers to the Monk as "Monkey".
- In a state of panic, Murph regenerates (or degenerates) into a monster resembling a cheetah-human hybrid. The Monk contemplates whether this regeneration was based on pure survival.
- The Seed could see somewhat into the future, knowing that Brad was going to die. He was also able to sense his brothers.
- On a previously seeded planet, the bloomed War Seed had transformed the Cheetle populace into weapons.
- The War Seeds have TARDIS DNA woven through him, allowing them to dematerialise on the spot.
- Previously, this series had built upon the television series' character development of Missy, from possibly the most malevolent incarnations of the Master into one of the most benevolent. The audio series had seen her parental role towards Lucy and Oliver Davis, and her meeting with her future incarnation of the Lumiat, a purely benevolent incarnation. In The Bekdel Test, Missy's attitude and behaviour towards River Song is surprisingly upbeat, despite River having just killed the Doctor. In the previous story, Body and Soulless, Missy is praised by the Kalvor for the defeat of the VAD, and the ending of the VAD-Kalvor War. This appraisal had left Missy pondering the line between good and evil. In this story, however, whilst Missy is "saving the Earth", one could argue that the survival of Earth was merely a side-effect of her retrieving the War Seed. This story, instead, focuses on the morality of the Monk. In the final episodes of the Lucie Miller adventures, a previous incarnation of the Monk had manipulated the Eighth Doctor's timeline so much that he was unable to reach Lucie Miller, who was firstly trapped in a war between the Daleks and Humans, which then left her severely paralysed, resulting in her giving up not only her life, but the life of the Doctor's grandson for the sake of the human race. It is surprising, therefore, that this version of the Monk in this story no longer wishes to witness or take part in Missy's scheme. We see a Monk who, himself, his questioning where he sits on the moral fence.
- The Monk is still furious at Missy having removed his brain and throwing it into a ravine in their last adventure. (AUDIO: Body and Soulless)
- Missy decides to prove to the Monk that she has a benevolent side by saving planet Earth, following on from numerous other adventures. (AUDIO: The Bekdel Test, A Spoonful of Mayhem, Brimstone and Terror). She will later go on re-evalute her malevolence during her rehabiltation by the Twelfth Doctor. (TV: The Pilot, Empress of Mars, The Eaters of Light)
- The Monk fails miserably at hypnotising Richard Temple, in an attempt to copy Missy. (AUDIO: The Broken Clock et al)
- Despite previous protestations with Missy, the Monk introduces himself to Richard Temple as "Mr Monk". (AUDIO: Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated et al)
- Missy claims that the Seed is her son. She will later begin to tell Clara about her "daughter". (TV: The Witch's Familiar)
- Missy reminds the Monk that while she fought in the Time War, the Monk fled. She thinks that this means he had no right to an opinion. (AUDIO: Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated et al)
- Missy is still annoyed at the fact that she requires the Monk to fly his TARDIS. (AUDIO: Too Many Masters et al)
- Richard Temple revels at the inner dimensions of the Monk's TARDIS. Missy previously stated that humans' surprise at the dimensions bored her the most. (AUDIO: Too Many Masters)
- The Monk's TARDIS doors open with the pull of a big red lever. The Doctor's own TARDIS owned a similar one. (TV: The Five Doctors et al)
- Missy mockingly begs the Monk to let her keep the Temples as her companions. She mentions the resemblance to the Doctor and his "squeaky" companions. (TV: An Unearthly Child et al)
- Once again, the Monk underestimates Missy's plan. He had previously lied to the Kalvor and the Monk about the Monk's purpose in the destruction of the VAD. (AUDIO: Body and Soulless)
- The Monk has finally had enough of Missy's torturing of others. He asks her to leave. Surprisingly, a previous incarnation of the Monk manipulated the Eighth Doctor's timeline so that he could not reach his companion Lucie Miller in time. This lead to her becoming trapped in a Dalek War, becoming severely disabled before her giving up her life. His part in Lucie's death causes the Doctor to enter a deep depression. (AUDIO: Lucie Miller, To the Death)
- The Monk wishes to visit the Eye of Orion. He claims it's like "Earth after a thunderstorm". The Fifth Doctor previously took Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough to the same place, and Tegan made exactly the same comparison. (TV: The Five Doctors)