Master Switches: Further Misadventures in Space and Time

❉ A new unofficial Doctor Who charity anthology in aid of The Stroke Association.

“What makes this collection different is not that the Doctor doesn’t always win, or that the Master isn’t always in the wrong. It’s more a question of perspective. The focus of these stories is on the actions and reactions of Doctor Who’s go-to villain. These are the Master’s stories mostly told from their perspective, but as is the renegade’s want, the Doctor is a major part of them.”

Altrix Books has just published Master Switches – a follow-up to 2019’s non-profit, fund-raising, unofficial Doctor Who anthology Master Pieces.

As with the previous title, the book is raising money for The Stroke Association.

After a series of adventures without the Doctor (Master Pieces), the many incarnations of the Master are back to doing what they do best; scheming to bring down their greatest adversary. The proverbial thorn in the side has made a hobby out of thwarting the Master’s plans for universal domination. But even the Doctor can’t always be the hero, the victor, and the star. Sometimes, the Master must take the Doctor’s place…

In an excerpt from the book’s foreword, editor Paul Driscoll writes:

“In Master Pieces (2019) we explored what might happen to the Master’s schemes if the Doctor never showed up. Can they have a life without the rival they are so obsessed with? Would they still lose without the Doctor’s intervention? Indeed, could their nemesis’s unwelcomed no-show be the reason for such humiliating defeats? Ironically, in almost every story in Master Pieces the Doctor was more present that ever… the shadow both ahead of and behind the Master’s every move.

“For this follow-up volume we wanted to put the Doctor back into the stories as an active character. We’ve given our returning and new writers the opportunity to explore the relationship between the hero and the villain by switching up the usual rules of engagement, whether that means using different Master/Doctor pairings, providing alternative interpretations of old adventures, or playing around with the concepts of good and evil, of hero and villain.

“What makes this collection different is not that the Doctor doesn’t always win, or that the Master isn’t always in the wrong. It’s more a question of perspective. The focus of these stories is on the actions and reactions of Doctor Who’s go-to villain. These are the Master’s stories mostly told from their perspective, but as is the renegade’s want, the Doctor is a major part of them.”

Featuring stories by Jon Arnold, Andrew Blair, Kara Dennison, Paul Driscoll, Kenton Hall, Stephen Hatcher, Paul Hiscock, Matthew Kresal, Gary J Mack, Greg Maughan, Iain McLaughlin, Ellen Montgomery, Nathan Mullins, Gerard Power, Rachel Redhead, Graham Tedesco-Blair and Joshua Wanisko.

Cover illustration and design by Ginger Hoesly.


❉ ‘Master Switches: Further Misadventures in Space and Time’ (Altrix Books) is available to buy now for a limited time in various Amazon regions, including the UK and the USA

❉ News source: Altrix Books: https://www.altrixbooks.com/

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