Doctor Who: Time and the Rani (Story 148)
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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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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. But...you 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!Read more ›
Enter Time and the Rani, the beginning of the McCoy era. Where to begin? Yes, it is a very, very, very hated story (not so much as Twin Dilemma, but still). The story is goofy, Kate O'Mara is starring in a panto, and McCoy is literally clowning around, rolling his rrrrr's and acting like a child's street performer. And yet, there's a little bit of pity that goes into this. The writers didn't know Colin wouldn't be coming back, and so they did their best to reincorporate new elements into the script. On the DVD, the writers even mention a request to make the script funnier, and that they could write comedy and they could write drama, but they couldn't do both in the same script. And it shows. The story is a mess. It doesn't really make since, and it drags on a lot. I hate the Tetraps, they're annoying and not well designed in my opinion.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is the first story for Sylvester McCoy and the first time I saw a female Time Lord or Lady. This is a great doctor and I wish there were more.Published 13 days ago by Harold Pont
I decided to take a break from my Pertwee collection and start looking into the Seventh Doctor. I bought this adventure not ever once having seen ANY of the Sylvester McCoy era,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tinfoot
This is the closest we will ever get to a Colin/Sylvester regeneration scene, so definitely collectable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Burke
Great, very 80s....the costumes date this episode badly. Pink puffy shirt? Bright pink leg warmers? Some silliness indeed! Read morePublished 12 months ago by william reed
I loved this episode. McCoy was one of my favorite Doctors and the Rani one of my favorite villains. The Rani imitating the irritating Mel is hilarious. Definitely a classic.Published 13 months ago by Eric C. Erickson
"Doctor Who" was a British television show that was produced from 1963 to 1989. While "Doctor Who" was specifically developed for children, folks of all ages have... Read morePublished 15 months ago by SeekingTraveler