Doctor Who: Season 22, Episode 5

The Mark of the Rani: Part One (2 Feb. 1985)

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In a 19th century mining village, a renegade Time Lady known as The Rani is draining brain fluid from local men, turning them savage and berserk. It is here The Master plans to coerce her ... See full summary »


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Anthony Ainley ...
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Gary Cady ...
Richard Steele ...
Hus Levant ...
Edwin Green (as Hus Levent)
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Sarah James ...
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In a 19th century mining village, a renegade Time Lady known as The Rani is draining brain fluid from local men, turning them savage and berserk. It is here The Master plans to coerce her help in his vengeance upon The Doctor while also establishing a power base for controlling Earth's future. Written by statmanjeff

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2 February 1985 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Rani means 'Queen' in Hindi. See more »


When the Doctor dangles above the pit, one of his three attackers falls in. A moment later there is a close-up of three pairs of hands aiming weapons at him. This shot belonged to an earlier part of the sequence, before they arrived at the pit. See more »


The Rani: [after the Master evaporates one of her servants] You and the Doctor are a well-matched pair of pests. You bring nothing but trouble. Now I need a new assistant.
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Time Lord Trouble in the Industrial Revolution
15 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this story, more so than I expected. The Rani is a really good character a renegade Time Lord who has better things to do than constantly hassle the Doctor. A female villain was long overdue (I'm not sure if there are any female villains up to this point?) and Kate O'Mara portrays her brilliantly. It also worked well having the Master present- it adds to the story and makes the Rani appear more powerful as in many ways she is the Master's superior.

The setting was a really good one too. I think the early Industrial Revolution is probably my favourite period in history. I loved that George Stephenson was present and the Luddites were well used. The extensive location filming brought the setting to life too.

Perhaps the best thing about this story is how different it is from most in its era. It feels almost like a light Fourth Doctor story. A setting in the past is unusual here, there is no messages about society and politics and nothing gruesome at all- hardly any one dies and they turn into trees, which is by no means the worst way to go. Also the Sixth Doctor is much more Doctor-ish here than he has been at any point so far.

Three Time Lords for the price of one! All in all, rather good.

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