The wicked Rani is back and she's got a cunning scheme to trap the incarnations of the Doctor and his various companions in a 20-year time loop, stuck in Albert Square for perpetuity with an assortment of terrifying grotesques - both the monsters he has battled throughout the cosmos and the EastEnders. Written by
Did You Know?
An original draft of the script featured The Seventh Doctor meeting the Brigadier en route to a UNIT reunion - and becoming involved in a battle with a crashed spaceship full of Cybermen. The script was entitled Destination: Holocaust, and featured the Seventh Doctor and Brigadier holed up in a burning church, trying to fight off the advancing hordes of damaged Cybermen. This original idea, written by David Roden
, was vetoed by John Nathan-Turner
after it became apparent that Children In Need wished for the story to be a tie-in with EastEnders
(1985). Despite loving the originally proposed script, Nathan-Turner also had concerns about the cost, which would have included several lengthy night-shoots and a much larger special effects budget. See more
The Rani. I take back what I said about an ingenious operator being behind these time jumps.
Edited from Children in Need