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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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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The music score for this story was provided by composer Jonathan Gibbs. John Lewis was originally hired to compose the score, but a sudden onset of illness - which ultimately resulted in his death - prevented him being able to finish the work and forced the production team to give the assignment to Gibbs just after Lewis had completed scoring the first episode. Lewis' score for the first episode was included on the DVD release. See more »

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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 »

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[the Master has The Doctor captive and is bragging yet again]
The Rani: Oh, do stop squabbling and get on with it!
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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
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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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