Doctor Who: Season 24, Episode 4

Time and the Rani: Part 4 (28 Sep. 1987)

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The Rani, at last, links the Doctor into her great brain machine, the crowning jewel in her component packet of geniuses brought together to turn Lakertya itself into one vast cerebral mass... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Bonnie Langford ...
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The Rani, at last, links the Doctor into her great brain machine, the crowning jewel in her component packet of geniuses brought together to turn Lakertya itself into one vast cerebral mass capable of redirecting time anywhere in the universe, giving her absolute power over all creation. Written by statmanjeff

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This episode was watched by 4.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


Original version of the titles featuring the alternate face build up of the Doctor, was broadcast by mistake. See more »


Brain: It is a fundamental postulate that all motion is relative.
The Doctor: You wouldn't say that if you met my uncle.
Brain: Dismissing our position as decadent heresy is the refuge of the reactionary.
The Doctor: Ah, well. Every dogma has its day.
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"Really, this is not the place for double entendres." Enjoyable first story for McCoy.

Doctor Who: Time and the Rani: Part 4 starts the Doctor's (Sylvester McCoy) personality is disrupting the Rani's (Kate O'Mara) experiment so she frees him from the cabinet for the sake of her plan, the Doctor & Mel (Bonnie Langford) finally realise the horror of her plan. The Rani has created a huge artificial brain which she was filling with the thoughts & consciousnesses of some of the greatest scientific minds in the universe & she needed the Doctor to complete it but not to be defeated the Rani manages to get the information she needs out of him to give her the final piece of the puzzle to start her plan to turn Lakertya into a gigantic time manipulator for her own evil use...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 4 from season 24 that aired here during late 1987 & was Sylvester McCoy's first story as the Doctor, directed by Andrew Morgan I actually really liked Time and the Rani although many seem not to. The script by Pip and Jane Baker has been good fun & provided a fair amount of silly entertainment that this episode rounds off nicely, the new Doctor has settled in very well, I thought the Rani was great as a villain, it had some decent monsters in it although the story was a bit shallow without any real message behind it & some of the character's were very one dimensional. As with previous episodes from Time and the Rani I liked the ending although I think it would have been great if sometime in the future the Rani had reappeared in the series.

The special effects have generally been pretty good & the giant pulsating brain is quite effective. I loved the new purplish title sequence & rearranged theme music which sounds modern (at the time in '87 but even now to an extent) yet is still distinctly Doctor Who. The acting during this story has been OK with Kate O'Mara as the pantomime villain the Rani stealing the show, to only say the pint sized Bonnie Langford was yet again annoying is being kind.

Time and the Rani is a great Doctor Who story, I'm sorry but I can't really see why so many people seem to dislike it. Overall even though I've given each of the four episodes an individual score of 6 out of 10 as a collective I'm going to give Time and the Rani 7 stars out of 10 as it provided good fun & plenty of childish entertainment.

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