The Master’s Sister #JusJoJan

Today’s word is “master,” brought to us by Sadje at Keep It Alive (hi, Sadje!).

I’m sure that some of you will write about Doctor Who, whose main nemesis (at least since The Third Doctor) was a Gallifreyan Time Lord who called himself The Master. He was first played by Roger Delgado, until Delgado died on the set of another show he was filming in 1973. (Allegedly, Jon Pertwee, who was playing The Doctor at the time, decided to leave the show after that incident.) After Delgado, the part was played by Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, and Anthony Ainley, who bore a striking resemblance to Delgado. The original series ended in 1989 during the tenure of the Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy.

(Side note for the one or two of you who have never seen the show: when an actor playing The Doctor decides to leave the show (or when that decision is made for him), there is a scene in his last show where The Doctor dies and transforms into the next Doctor, the story being that any Time Lord can regenerate a dozen times. At least that was the original idea…)

Anyway, the Fox TV network in the US decided to try and revive the character and possibly pick up where the BBC had left off, and filmed a made-for-TV movie in 1996 that featured Paul McGann in the role of The Doctor. The Master in that movie was played by Eric Roberts.

Eric Roberts. Source: Wikipedia/Florida SuperCon, CC BY 2.0

Now, Eric has two sisters, one of whom is Julia, who you’ve probably seen.

Julia Roberts. Source:Wikipedia/OTRS, CC BY-SA 3.0

Julia was born in Smyrna, Georgia, which is not far from where I live, and was raised Catholic. The reason I mention this will become apparent shortly.

A friend of mine, who also lives in Smyrna, told me this story a few years ago: he and his family attended Midnight Mass one Christmas. At the Sign of Peace (where everyone shakes hands (or hugs, or whatever) with the people around them), he turned around and saw Julia Roberts in the pew behind him. She obviously saw the shock on his face, so she smiled, shook his hand, and said “Yes, it’s me. Merry Christmas!” Which, I think, was a pretty classy move on her part.

Now, here’s Jack Benny for Texaco Sky Chief gasoline. You can trust your car to the man who wears the star!

16 thoughts on “The Master’s Sister #JusJoJan

  1. How cool is that! I had a crush on Eric Roberts for a while. Interesting that they don’t really get along (or didn’t for a while). My mom doesn’t like shaking hands, too many germs she says, but I bet she’d make an exception for Julia!

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    1. The story from The Blogger’s Best Friend is that when their parents divorced he stayed with his father while Julia went with her mother. If it was a bad divorce with lots of acrimony, I can see wher Eric grew up thinking the crowd in Smyrna were evil incarnate. That probably had a lot to do with it, though it doesn’t explain why the two of them didn’t really reconcile until 2004. That’s a long time to hold a grudge.

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        1. Could be, although he’s a superb character actor who shows up on TV and in film a lot, so comparing them is a bit like apples and oranges. He’s not as pretty as she is, for certain (I think she’s gorgeous), but you can detect a certain family resemblance.

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    1. Based on what Jeanne said, I guess there’s already been a lady Master. “Doctor Who” runs on BBC America, which we got when we had cable, but that was a few years back. I was very fond of the old series that ran until ’89 and was shown on a lot of PBS stations until the agreement with the BBC ran out. It was really primitive, which made you focus more on the story.

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    1. I’m not much of a sci-fi fan, but I liked Doctor Who, at least the original series. The current series is good, we just never saw much of it, because we don’t have cable and don’t get BBC America.

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    1. I don’t think we really give someone’s religion too much thought. Evidently, Lara Flynn Boyle went to the same Catholic grammar school that we did, which came as a great surprise. Not that I’ve ever seen anything she’s been in (at least not consciously), but I do know the name.

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    1. Sometimes, though not very often, you can see a family resemblance between them. It’s weird how that works: my brothers and I really don’t look alike, but people always used to tag us. Must be the voice…

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