Characters: The Doctor, The Master.
Written For: Challenge 244: Flummery at dw100.
Summary: The Doctor knows better than to believe anything the Master says.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Doctor Who, or the characters.
Every word the Master speaks, when he’s not issuing threats, is mere flummery, and the Doctor knows it. He closes his ears to the meaningless flattery, understanding that it’s just another way for his former friend to manipulate people to his own ends.
It won’t last; if he can’t get what he wants with insincere words of praise and admiration, twisting innocent people to his will, then he’ll do it by force, and not even those who have allied themselves with him will be safe from his wrath.
His civilised veneer will crack, revealing the monster that lurks just beneath.