Dr Carne attempted to dispose of Lord Asriel by poisoning a decanter of Tokay which Asriel was to drink. He sat next to Charles, the librarian, when Asriel made his presentation and unsuccessfully attempted to argue against funding the Lord's next expedition.
He later gave the alethiometer to Lyra Silvertongue, warning her to keep it a secret from Marisa Coulter. When Lyra came back, Carne discuessed her future with her and handed her into the care of Hannah Relf.
During his older age, he got easily confused. Carne ended up putting a sum of money aside and was persuaded to put it into a fund that later crashed (as it was badly managed or even deliberately ruined). The solicitor at the college fought hard with Carne to stop him making this mistake, however Carne went ahead with it; the solicitor did not have power of attorney soon enough to stop him. The Master later died when Lyra was around nineteen having been greatly esteemed and loved. He was succeeded by Werner Hammond.
Abilities and skills
Dr Carne's dæmon took the form of an old female raven, who often settled on his shoulder.
Behind the scenes
- 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.
- In the new TV series adaptation, he is portrayed by Clarke Peters. Peters is Philip Pullman's favourite actor. Phoebe Scholfield plays Dr Carne's dæmon who is named 'Alicia'.
- 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.
- Although Dr Carne's name is revealed in The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman originally revealed it on Twitter in 2018.
- Northern Lights
- Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel
- The Golden Compass (film)
- The Golden Compass (video game)
- The Subtle Knife (Mentioned only)
- The Amber Spyglass (Mentioned only)
- His Dark Materials (TV series), Series 1
- La Belle Sauvage
- The Secret Commonwealth (Mentioned only)
- Northern Lights, Chapter 1
- His Dark Materials (TV series), Series 1, Episode 1
- The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 7; Script for Episode 1 of BBC His Dark Materials (https://www.scriptslug.com/assets/scripts/his-dark-materials-101-lyras-jordan-2019.pdf).
- The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 6
- Northern Lights, Chapter 2
- Northern Lights, Chapter 4
- The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 38
- The Golden Compass deleted scenes
- BBC and Bad Wolf unveil cast and creative team of His Dark Materials
- The Saturday Paper
- Philip Pullman on Twitter
|Locations||Chapel • Common Room • Hall • Jordan catacombs • Jordan Library • Jordan Oratory • Master's Lodging • Retiring Room • Sheldon Building • Yaxley Quadrangle • Lodge Tower • Palmer's Tower • Scholars' Garden • Library Garden • Lecture Theatre|
|Staff||Bernie Johansen • Bill • Dr Carne • Charles • Father Heyst • Mr Cawson • Mrs Lonsdale • P. Trelawney • Parslow family • Roger Parslow • Sub-Rector • Shuter • Werner Hammond • Wren • Raymond Stringer • Janet • Solicitor • Domestic Bursar • Cousins • Mr Wood|
|Occupations||Butler • Master of Jordan College • Steward|