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.
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Engrossing, Riveting and Detailed
This was an engrossing book to listen to. As a fan of Doctor Who I never knew there was so much to the story of the man who literally breathed new life into the character of the Master in the 1980s.
This book demonstrates that a good deal of research was undertaken and it has been converted into a riveting listen.
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