Doctor Who: Season 22, Episode 5

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 162 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

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 »


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 242 titles
created 11 Aug 2013
a list of 551 titles
created 25 Aug 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 29 Jun 2014
list image
a list of 23 titles
created 11 months ago
list image
a list of 13 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Mark of the Rani: Part One (02 Feb 1985)

The Mark of the Rani: Part One (02 Feb 1985) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
« Previous Episode | 631 of 695 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony Ainley ...
Terence Alexander ...
Peter Childs ...
Gary Cady ...
Richard Steele ...
Hus Levant ...
Edwin Green (as Hus Levent)
Kevin White ...
Martyn Whitby ...
Sarah James ...
Young Woman
Cordelia Ditton ...
Older Woman


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

master | See All (1) »


See all certifications »




Release Date:

2 February 1985 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


With the appearances of George Stephenson and Lord Ravensworth, this was the first televised Doctor Who story to feature an historical figure as an onscreen character since The Gunfighters in 1966. 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 Doctor: [shackled to a table] Well, well, well...
[lies back]
The Doctor: ... The Rani.
The Rani: You were expecting to see The Master?
The Doctor: To see? Not exactly. He was burned to a crisp the last time I saw him.
The Rani: Your smugness is misplaced. He's here. He's very much alive, and he wants vengeance. Curse the pair of you!
The Doctor: Well, since we're insulting each other, I can't say I care much for your taste in clothes. Doesn't do a thing for you.
The Rani: Hmm, your regeneration's not too attractive, either.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The BBC wishes to acknowledge the co-operation of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Underwater Menace on DVD! The_Weeping_Prophet
Stories with no surviving video evidence? Dr Wily
Worst Serial From Each Classic Doctor kelzan
100 things you can learn from classic Who michaellevenson1
Revisiting the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie timmdoolen
Who is your favourite Doctor? Morbius_Fitzgerald
Discuss The Mark of the Rani: Part One (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: