"I see the Master as a man having terrible choices to make; whatever he chooses will do harm, but maybe if he does the right thing, a little less harm will come about than if he chooses wrong."
John Faa[src]

Dr Carne[2] was the Master of Jordan College. His dæmon had the form of a raven, and he had a manservant named Cousins.


"The powers of this world are very strong. Men and women are moved by tides much fiercer than you can imagine, and they sweep us all up into the current. Go well, Lyra; bless you, child; bless you. Keep your own counsel."
—Dr Carne's last words to Lyra Silvertongue at Jordan[src]

Dr Carne attempted to dispose of Lord Asriel by poisoning a decanter of Tokay which Asriel was to drink.[1] He sat next to Charles, the librarian, when Asriel made his presentation and unsuccessfully attempted to argue against funding the Lord's next expedition.[3]

He later gave the alethiometer to Lyra Silvertongue, warning her to keep it a secret from Marisa Coulter.[4]

Abilities and skillsEdit



Charles, the Librarian at Jordan College was an old friend. The Master confided in him about his plan to murder Lord Asriel.[3]


Dr Carne's dæmon took the form of an old female raven, who often settled on his shoulder.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In The Golden Compass, Dr Carne is portrayed by Jack Shepherd. In original cuts of the film, Dr Carne is arrested early on by the Magisterium.[5]
  • In the new TV series adaptation, he will be portrayed by Clarke Peters.[6]
  • Dr Carne's dæmon was named Leonor for the BBC Radio dramatization. This name has etymological similarity to the name of the deceased wife, Lenore, who has central significance in Edgar Allen Poe's dark narrative poem The Raven.


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Jordan College
Locations ChapelCommon RoomHallJordan catacombsJordan LibraryJordan OratoryMaster's LodgingRetiring RoomSheldon BuildingYaxley Quadrangle
Staff Bernie JohansenDr CarneCawsonCharlesFather HeystMrs LonsdaleP. TrelawneyParslow familyRoger ParslowSub-RectorShuterWren
Occupations Master of Jordan CollegeSteward
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