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Dreadful. Dull. How NOT to write a biography. Endless IMDB-style entries for everything Ainley ever did - which don't sound wonderful read out (and yet no actual detail on most productions - so, yeah, we KNOW it's a series called "Out of the Unknown", for example. but after that good luck if you want more). More about his children's home than about the man himself. Interviews with people who didn't really work with him and know even less. I had no clear sense of who the man was by the end. The single worst biography I have ever come across. Lousy.
What did you like most about The Man Behind the Master?
I love a good villain and The Master has always been a great foil for the Doctor. Anthony Ainley had a wonderful screen presence and portrayed the Master brilliantly, albeit in a considerably more over the top pantomime villain style than Roger Delgado
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man Behind the Master?
I really felt bad for the poor guy being deserted by his parents and abandoned to a children's home, although in some ways it sounded like it came with certain benefits not dished out to regular kids with trips to America, visits from Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward etc etc
Have you listened to any of John Banks’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No this is the only one I've heard, It was a very good reading and it would be completely unfair to criticise John for his reading by saying that I would have liked to have known the reader as a colleague or family member of Anthony Ainley's, In the same way that I very much enjoyed knowing that Michael Troughton read his father's autobiography. That link makes it a more personal and genuine listening experience.
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Any additional comments?
A good read especially for Doctor Who Fans, for Actors with an interest in how other actor's careers came about, and as a social history lesson in how the good old days weren't all that good.