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Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980s, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, Upstairs, Downstairs, and cult films including Blood on Satan's Claw and The Land That Time Forgot.

But the dramas in Anthony's real life were far more fascinating than any of the many parts he played onscreen. Born the illegitimate son of actor Henry Ainley and taken into care at the Actors' Orphanage at the age of four, the hidden story behind one of the most enigmatic characters in Doctor Who is brought to life by author Karen Louise Hollis.

Using exhaustive interviews with friends and colleagues from every aspect of Anthony's life, including his best friend from school, fellow children from the Actors' Orphanage, cricketing friends, colleagues, and those who remained close to him until his death in 2004, this book aims to uncover the real Anthony Ainley - The Man Behind The Master.

Anthony Ainley 1981

Anthony Ainley makes a surprise, first ever, convention appearance.

In The Navy - The Sea Devils

Taking into account the novel (which it would be criminal not to) this is clearly a good few months after The Curse of Peladon which happened at the same time. It would explain why the Master is so ingrained at this new prison (which is also mentioned in the novel). By which I mean it’s a remake of the villains’ previous appearance with the Master taking over the central plot. Even their return in New Who in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood plays practically the same plot with the added benefit of 38 years so the public forgot and much better special effects. We might get Vastra a year later, but she’s a one-off, a fantastic character nonetheless, but not doing anything interesting with the race as a whole. It might be intriguing to see how Clara, someone very offay with Vastra, deals in a proper Silurian plot. So without the Silurians - which is how I’m referring to them despite their aquatic nature, The Doctor makes it quite clear they’re the same race and the only difference is because the production crew wanted to do an underwater story- what do we... A return to the standard Pertwee story. First we had a non-Unit story with The Curse of Peladon. Then we had a totally UNIT story with no Doctor in The Face of the Enemy. Now we seem to have a UNIT story without UNIT. Alongside UNIT and the Brigadier, the Doctor says aliens and everyone jumps into action. Even if that week’s bureaucrat don’t believe, UNIT is there to make sure they do what’s needed. It removes an obstacle that shouldn't always be removed. By having this as the Royal Navy and giving Captain Hart the usual Brig role the Doctor spends a lot of this serial fighting against authority as well as the Master. Which is exactly what this serial needed to keep it interesting. I’m not sure but this also might be where it’s revealed that the Master and the Doctor are old school buddies. The serial starts with Jo and the Doctor heading to the Master's prison to check up on him. But while Jo is clearly still in the “this man is evil” thinking, the Doctor's attitude comes across more as he is checking up on an old friend, or even that he's a bit lonely being stuck here on Earth with the humans, and his recent trip... Source: NightJim: Geek and Proud

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  • Reviewed – Mythmakers #116: Anthony Ainley

    04/06/15 ,via Doctor Who UK Webzine

    Mythmakers #116 is a new title (released February 2015) by Reeltime Pictures available through their Time Travel TV site. It is a 60 minute interview with Anthony Ainley recorded during a 2000 interview at an event in Sheffield by the Galaxy 4 shop

  • NuWho 10th Anniversary: What Is Your Favourite Series 3 Story?

    04/14/15 ,via Doctor Who UK Webzine

    That they included the voices of Anthony Ainley and Roger Delgado in this episode was just the icing on the cake. And then there's Blink, which is all kinds of awesome, but Utopia gets it for me for all the “Who History” and fun in it. This is by far

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Lots to be excited about! My Anthony Ainley book is out soon & hopefully more projects to come - plus it's the European Gymnastics Champs! 04/14/15, @Teodora1976uk
If "The Avengers" had been made in the 80s/early 90s, I think Anthony Ainley would have been the perfect Loki. https://t.co/sSUg75MJBo 04/14/15, @JimB_85
RT @ClassicDrWho247: Anthony Ainley played The Master in 11 Classic Era tv stories 1981-1989. What are your memories of him? #DoctorWho ht… 04/13/15, @MadBellaBlack

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  • Anthony Ainley

    Book on Demand Limited. 2012. ISBN: 5512804723,9785512804728. 88 pages.

    High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932 - 3 May 2004) was an English actor best known for his work on British television and particularly for his role as the third Master in Doctor Who. He was the fourth actor to play the role of the Master, and the first actor to portray the Master as a recurring role after the death of Roger Delgado in 1973. He is to date the longest-serving actor to play the role, outlasting several Doctors.

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  • Top Ten Hammy Villains

    04/13/15 ,via redbrick.me

    May it forever continue. As legendary Doctor Who (over)actor Anthony Ainley once said, ‘I’m not a ham. A ham can be cured!’ Daniel Day Lewis is a serious contender for the crown of Greatest Actor Ever and is following in the footsteps of his forbears ...

  • Reviewed – Mythmakers #116: Anthony Ainley

    04/07/15 ,via Kasterborous

    Mythmakers #116 is a new title (released February 2015) by Reeltime Pictures available through their Time Travel TV site. It is a 60 minute interview with Anthony Ainley recorded during a 2000 interview at an event in Sheffield by the Galaxy 4 shop.

  • Doctor Who In Perspective 1982-1984

    04/04/15 ,via Doctor Who TV

    Without a doubt Anthony Ainley’s version of the Master was a twisted soul who had no problem with destroying lives. This added greatly to his connection with the Fifth Doctor as well as his companions, with the majority of them losing something dear to ...

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Anthony Ainley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932 – 3 May 2004) was an English actor best known for his work on British television and particularly for his role as the Master in ...

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Anthony Ainley, Actor: Doctor Who. Anthony Ainley was a notable British actor and a member of a distinguished British acting family. His brother was Richard Ainley ...

Anthony Ainley - Biography - IMDb

Anthony Ainley was a notable British actor and a member of a distinguished British acting family. His brother was Richard Ainley (1910-1967) and his father Henry ...

Anthony Ainley - Tardis Data Core, the Doctor Who Wiki

Anthony Ainley (20 August 1932-3 May 2004) was an actor best known for his semi-regular role as...

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