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Doctor Who: Time and the Rani (Story 148) (2011)

Sylvester McCoy , Bonnie Langford , Andrew Morgan  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Kate O'Mara
  • Directors: Andrew Morgan
  • Writers: Pip and Jane Baker
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MA1JZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Time and the Rani (Story 148)" on IMDb

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    New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic Time and the Rani! Violently wrenched out of time, the TARDIS is brought crashing down onto the planet Lakertya by the villainous Rani. Caught within the maelstrom, the Doctor is forced to regenerate.

    Imprisoning the Doctor in her stronghold, the Rani seizes upon his vulnerable state. By impersonating his friend Mel, the Rani deceives the unwitting Doctor into helping her achieve her audacious plan.

    Just what is she up to? Why has she enslaved Albert Einstein and a host of geniuses? And as an asteroid composed of Strange Matter approaches Lakertya, can a weakened Doctor save the universe when he has little idea of who he really is?

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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the McCoy Era of Doctor Who March 2, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    The TARDIS hijacked! The Doctor is forced to Regenerate, and so begins, possibly, the silliest and funniest Sylvester McCoy adventure ever! We jump right into the main action, with the renegade Time Lord, the Rani, highjacking the TARDIS to use the Doctor's knowledge in one of her unorthodox experiment. There many great things about "Time and the Rani"; The production values, the design, costumes, the Tetraps and their quadruple vision, the Lakyrtians, the giant brain, the special effects and the wonderful OTT acting and over blown dialogue. McCoy's potrayal of the sixth Doctor(in the multi covered coat) is absolutely wonderful as is with the mis-quotes throughout the adventure. Even Mel's part is well written and played out. There's not a scene or a line that needs to be added or deleted. The funniest, silliest McCoy story ever, it's just a shame that more fans don't enjoy this one more.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Rani is back! January 11, 2006
    By Neburo
    Format:VHS Tape
    New theme -- the most emotional theme of the Doctors! It gives you the feeling "it's the last doctor theme." First time computer graphics were used. The best theme, in the 1980's is Colins' when he did Trial of a Timelord, which sounds very "dream like." It says Part 1,2,3 4 in the episode rather than on title theme -- much rather like in 1960's Doctor Who. The first story explains the use of the Tardis in the bubble.

    I love the quarry set, the special effects! It looks more 3-dimensonal! It looks like one big area of caves and amongst a huge quarry! I was initially upset that that Colin was fired previously! I didn't enjoy seeing McCoy in Colin's outfit -- he looked awful in it and he was in it for quite a long time almost entirely in episodes 1 and 2. And yes I actually like Mel as a character (she reminds me of Jo so much -- particularly with that similar dialect of the English accent! I don't know why other people didn't pick that up!) but she does scream rather much! It gets on your nerves at times! Especially when she is trapped in one of the Rani's bubbles -- at least the special effects are good though. The screaming is fairly frequent, but it doesn't ruin the story. think to yourself, I don't think someone her age in real life would scream that much! Maybe a teenager 15 years old, no more!

    There are strange creatures that serve the rani -- which have eyes all around their heads which speak in a rather inaudible voice at times. They throw spider webs on their victims to trap them and are quite a bit agile in nature compared with other monsters in Doctor Who.

    In a funny way, when the Rani wants her machine fixed and impersonates Mel, she does look similar I wouldn't mind her as a substitute!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is a tough one to get through August 22, 2011
    There are so many things that don't work with this serial. I can't imagine what people thought watching this for the first time. After a couple spotty years of C Baker I'd imagine that there were people really looking forward to the change. But, as much as I wasn't a huge fan of the previous seasons, I honestly can't say anything redeeming about this change.

    Mel wasn't bad in Terror of the Vervoids (better than Peri on her good days), and while she was a bit of a wall flower in The Ultimate Foe, she's the through-line from the last season. So, you think that we'd get to see her interaction with the new Doctor. Nope. Instead, they are split up at the beginning, and all she does is run around and scream and scream and scream (so much for having a the personality that she was gifted in The Vervoids). She's preaches to anyone that listens about The Doctor's "humanity", but we don't really ever see that she knows The Doctor other than the video of what might happen between the two of them in the future in Trial of the Timelord.

    The Rani was something of an intriguing character in The Mark of the Rani, and it is a bit of a shame that she ended up taking the back seat to The Master. I was looking forward to seeing her character shine, but here she is just too OTT, with nothing interesting to her character. Her only personality trait is that she is evil (oh, I guess she is also conniving).

    McCoy is hamming it up. He doesn't really know what his Doctor is supposed to be like yet, and clearly the writers don't either. That is the least offense, but it exposes how flimsy his relationship is with Mel, and showcases how terrible The Rani is overacting.
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    17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Satisified, Mrs. Whitehouse?! February 17, 2008
    Format:VHS Tape
    Strange title, but that is what I thought when I saw Time and the Rani. Mary Whitehouse and the BBC had been forever whinging and whining about Doctor Who, what with Whitehouse's comments about the show being "too violent" for "kids" and constantly trying to get it toned down (honestly, who did she think it was being made for? Three year olds? What did she think this was? Sesame Street? Play School?), this season-opener (and indeed, the rest of McCoy's first season) must have been a dream come true for her.

    Because that is what it feels like. With most of this season, for the first time, I'm feeling like I'm watching a children's show. And a horribly made children's show at that. Time and the Rani brought on the Dark Ages of Doctor Who (yes, Time and the Rani. Trial was for the most part an intriguing mystery season). From the moment of the ridiculous opening where we see the monster turning over the "Sixth Doctor" (and you can tell it's not Baker, that costume is wayyyyyy too big on the person) and we're forced to endure McCoy in a blonde wig (Why couldn't you just have him lying on the floor in Baker's costume, having regenerated unseen?) I cringe in embarrassment, and wonder what it was I liked about the show again.

    The Rani? Oh, no, far from the intelligent and rational scientist in her first outing, doing what she merely wants to do. Oh, no, now she's a meglomaniac, another imitation of the Master. Arrgh, was it so hard to think of a storyline to better suit the character? The Mel disguise is probably the only thing worth remembering... simply for the "so bad it's good" factor, and O'Mara relishing the scene.

    Oh, and Mel... talk about your "typical screaming companion?" More like an insult to every companion whose been in the series.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, certainly
    An enjoyable Sylvester McCoy story. Not the best, certainly, but with some interesting touches, like the Rani impersonating Mel.
    Published 17 days ago by Jay N. Mueller
    4.0 out of 5 stars Kate O'Mara as The Rani
    This is the second time that Doctor Who fans see The Rani played by the late and great Kate O'Mara, and she shines as The Rani. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Andrea13
    3.0 out of 5 stars Sylvester's first Doctor!
    Way too many bad reviews for this story, there have been worse episodes, and this one has the late great Kate O'Mara back as the Rani. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Pulpman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Doctor
    I bought this for my friend's birthday and we watched it a couple days later. Great things about this story: the Rani's impersonation and the capsule bombs. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Pierce K
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the First Rani Story
    I only started watching Doctor Who with Matt Smith. I became so interested with Doctor Who I started buying the dvds of old Doctors. I started with the Sixth Doctor's stories. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by JAOF
    5.0 out of 5 stars DR Who Time and the Rani
    The DR Who series is by far one of the best sci fi series to date. I do collect this series that started in 1963
    Published 12 months ago by retiredfella
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sylvester McCoy is one of the best
    Sylvester McCoy is one of my favorite Doctors, and I've almost finished collecting his entire series as the intrepid Time Lord.
    Published 13 months ago by Mackie
    4.0 out of 5 stars GO AWAY MEL
    The worst Doctor Who companion of all time is annoying as ever in this story, but McCoy's madness makes up for it. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Jeffrey M Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who Time and the Rani
    Time and the Rani is the first episode with Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. The Doctor is subjected to chemically induced amnesia. Read more
    Published on January 30, 2012 by Lawrence Stone
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor along with his companion The Rani???
    The TARDIS has been strck while in flight through time and space. Crashing on a strange world the TARDIS has been breached by none other then The Rani another renegade timelord... Read more
    Published on August 16, 2011 by Jacob
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