that last section of The Devil's Work, when Alec and Jasmin
go to university at last and meet up with Wyn, fifteen years later, when
she is Alec’s science department tutor with K9 as her surprising
companion, was going to be the finale of Llanfairfach
Cavern. But that story seemed fairly complete on its own, and I thought,
why not one last adventure for Alec and Jasmin.
Then I thought of The Doctor simply getting the temporal location wrong
and landing them in
Now, I didn’t
know this until I started to find out what
actually use the Civil War issues very much in this story. They’re
very complex and drawn out and bored me even at school. The fact that
I went with the idea that food was becoming scarce because both sides were commandeering it from the farms that would have supplied the town with victuals. That allowed The Doctor to ingratiate himself into the inn with his bag of food. The Doctor giving most of his own food to the hungry children is just HIM.
The fact that
back The Master was MY idea first,
THIS story takes place after the Dark Matrix story. The Doctor makes reference to it. The Master has taken over a body much as he did in the 1996 film, and calls himself Magister, as he did in the Jon Pertwee story, The Daemons. It is, as The Doctor says in that story, Latin for Magister. It is where the term magistrate comes from. I have used the word in some of my stories to mean a judge or magistrate in the Gallifreyan justice system, but that is separate to the way The Master uses the term.
So, his essence
hitched a ride to Earth with The Doctor, took over an innocent body and
built the Neural Transducer, a sort of do it yourself TARDIS. It worked
by consuming the souls of humans and needs a telepath as a navigator.
And it is my invention. So if I catch them using any Neural Transducers
Seriously, of course, using organic beings as ‘navigators’ or brains to power machinery isn’t new. In Warrior’s Gate, telepaths were being used as navigators. In Bad Wolf, the Ninth Doctor found The Controller doing a similar thing on the GameStation. I used the idea in my New Lords of Time story Two Weddings and a Security Lockdown. And there is another origin for the Transducer. We all know the TARDIS is partly organic, and partly psychic. We know that TARDISes are grown, not built. But The Master built his. It didn’t HAVE a soul. So he needs to kill people to give it one. It is a homunculus of a TARDIS.
But it is enough
for The Master to escape with when The Doctor rescues Jennet from his
clutches. Meanwhile he has another problem – rescuing his friends
from a mob whipped up by The Master and taken as witches. It is an easy
rescue, but I used the fact that he was standing on the site of the future