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 1980's, 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 on screen. 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 Doctor Who's most enigmatic
characters 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.