A thread on ideas for celebrity historicals asked for suggestions for Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelley, both of which I’ve covered and so tried to help through recycling, and also...
“I also thought about the possibility of the Master being Rasputin.”
It certainly fits his MO - dark-bearded hypnotist/weirdo taking power through unorthodox means in a powerful country on the brink of collapse. Ah, but why...?
Readers familiar with the classic World Of Darkness will recall that Rasputin is apparently a vampire of half a dozen different clans, as well as several other supernatural beings. (See also thoughts on portrayals of real characters here.)
Of course, he could just have been a weird guy who caught the eye of an eccentric royal and died at the end of a couple of botched assassination attempts, but where’s the fun in that?