Friday, January 24, 2014

Anthony Ainley played the fourth incarnation of The Master on Doctor Who. He made his first appearance in the the 1981 Fourth Doctor serial "The Keeper of Traken" and made an annual appearance thereafter. His last performance as The Master was in the final serial of the original series -- the 1989 Seventh Doctor serial, "Survival".

Ainley was chosen because of his remarkable similarity to Roger Delgado, who originated the role. Ainley was in love with the role, and until his death would answer the telephone with, "The is the Master" -- followed by his notorious evil laugh.

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