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The Mark of the Rani: Part One 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Terence Alexander ...
Peter Childs ...
Gary Cady ...
Richard Steele ...
Hus Levant ...
Edwin Green (as Hus Levent)
Kevin White ...
Martyn Whitby ...
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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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The Rani was inspired by neurochemist friend of the writers who held a very secular view of life. 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.
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The BBC wishes to acknowledge the co-operation of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. See more »

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Acceptable but nothing great
21 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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THE MARK OF THE RANI is a mid-level entry in the run of Dr Who star Colin Baker. It's notable for starring the well-remembered Kate O'Mara as the titular Time Lord, a ruthless woman out for her own ends (what else?) who teams up with Anthony Ainley's Master to give the Doctor and Peri a run for their money, but other than a decent set-up nothing much really happens in this one.

I liked the novelty of the show filming at the Ironbridge open air museum in Shropshire, although the story is set in the north. We're in the 19th century, where the Doctor must contend with a group of Luddites intent on mayhem, alongside the Rani who is busy harvesting brain fluid from unfortunate souls. Inevitably, the Master is along for the ride and just wants to kill the Doctor.

The script is what lets this down, as the story is filled with trite dialogue that goes nowhere. Half the running time just seems to consist of the Master and the Rani bickering. I like Ainley in the role but he has very little to do here other than wander around and bump redshirts off. Baker feels wooden and uninvolved and Peri's even less important, with Nicola Bryant reduced to wandering around in an awful dress. BERGERAC actor Terence Alexander appears as an ally and there's a cameo from George Stephenson, but that's about it.

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