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Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani [DVD] [1985]


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  • Actors: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Anthony Ainley, Kate O'Mara
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GETVBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,067 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 19th century England, the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) finds himself facing two competing enemies: his old adversary the Master (Anthony Ainley), and the Rani (Kate O'Mara), another Time Lord with a sinister plan. The local population and turning violent and unpredictable and, with a major meeting of the brains of the Industrial Revolution due to happen in the village soon, the Doctor must work out what exactly is causing all the problems...

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is a pleasant and watchable tale from Pip and Jane Baker (Space:1999), a pair who are noted for their reliable professional reputation, rather than for writing anything terribly Earth shattering. The result is a highly watchable and inoffensive script with solid research behind it, but a story which is less than the sum of its parts. The Master and new evil Time Lord the Rani make a good double act and their interaction is as enjoyable as that of the Doctor and Peri. Whatever Colin Baker did wrong in the eyes of audiences in 1985, he remains far more engaging than Sylvester MacCoy and his costume, while outrageous, is certainly eye catching and attention grabbing. His sheer energy makes him never less than entertaining to watch. This story is directed with real skill by Sarah Hellings, another example of the high quality contributions made to the series by women directors. The hostorical setting looks suprb, very authentic and gives great production quality to the story. Guest stars like Terrance Alexander add real class as well. It's a pity the plot is such a throwaway thing, because the dialog is amusing and whacky and the story holds the attention well. Overall a very good 90 minutes, just a little hollow in the middle. But I enjoyed it all the same.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 14 May 2009
Format: DVD
One of Colin Baker's better serials in the role of The Doctor; the one negative here is that it introduced Kate O'Mara's awful camp villainess - The Rani. Fortunately, and unlike the other serial in which the character appeared, the adventure is good enough to compensate for The Rani's presence. The setting - 19th Century England during the Industrial Revolution - makes this an extremely evocative production, and the historical focus reminded me of what the show was originally perceived to do: Educate and entertain. The Doctor's other old adversary from Gallifrey - The Master, is also present in this story, and Anthony Ainley gives one of his more restrained performances in the role. Colin Baker seems much more comfortable playing the nomadic Timelord, and the scene where some unfortunate locals are turned into trees is memorable, if somewhat less impressive than I remember from twenty-odd years ago!
Despite their occasionally inappropriate fondness for language that would make Oscar Wilde scratch his head - who could forget the appalling "Fortuitous would be a more apposite epithet!" from The Doctor - Pip and Jane Baker wrote an atmospheric and gloriously humourous script, which was nicely played out by the story's three leads. Kate O'Mara's deliciously wicked Rani has not yet become the camp abomination that appeared in her second (and final) story, whilst Anthony Ainley produces what is probably his second best performance (after 'Survival') as The Doctor's nemesis, The Master. The only let-down for me is the atrocious North-East accents of the 'locals'; rooting the story firmly in an era when actors were generally expected to speak in RP; whatever the role they had taken on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Goose Loose on 4 May 2009
Format: DVD
This is one of the most enjoyable Colin Baker stories. The idea that the Rani is simply trying to get on with her work and finds both the Doctor and the Master irritating nuisances is a small stroke of genius, and makes the story great fun to watch. As the Rani, Kate O'Mara is very good value, by being both larger-than-life and believably three-dimensional. The camerawork is imaginative and dynamic, with attractive location work nicely complemented by some very stylish sets. Despite all these plus points, it's not Doctor Who at its best: in the second half of the story, the storytelling becomes a little muddled. Instead of developing its initial premise into a really dramatic and satisfying climax, it goes off at some pretty random tangents - which are still fun, but don't reward the viewer by paying off the elements that were introduced at the start of the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kyle on 17 Aug 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I always found this episode to be a bit of an enigma as before i had seen it i always associated the Rani with the Time and the Rani, her second appearance. When learning of another episode, i sought it out and to my surprise, its an entertaining piece that also includes the Master! The banter between the two evil time lords is in a class of its own and Colin's doctor is at his patronising, all-clever best. Some interesting ideas (mines that turn people into vegetation), a little bit of history (the Industrial Revolution) and some great sets (the Rani's Tardis) make this a memorable episode and almost make you wish we had seen more of Kate O'Mara's evil-in-a-sexy way Rani.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2014
Format: DVD
Dedicated to Kate O'Mara who sadly passed away Sunday 30th March 2014, Gone but not forgotten.

Dvd Info.
Region 2, Running time 90 minutes approx, 2x45 minute episode's.

Extras.
Commentaries, Making of documentary, Photo Gallery, Trailer.

Trivia.
1)The late Kate O'Mara starred alongside Colin Baker in the seventies drama series The Brothers.
2)This story was viewed by 7.3 million viewers on original transmission.
3Terrance Alexander is better known for his role as Hungerford in BBC1 Jersey crime drama Bergerac.
4)Colin Baker said the actor's got a little carried away & actually hit his hands when he was hanging above the mineshaft holding on to a chain.
5)Colin Baker did his own stunts on the Minecart sequence in this adventure.

Synopsis.
The Master arrives on Earth in Killingworth a mining town in the 19th Century at a key point in earths history, Having followed the Sixth Doctor & Peri here the Master unwittingly discovers another Timelord is in Killingsworth named the Rani.

The Rani is a biochemist who uses parasites as a form of mind control absorbing the chemical that induces sleep from the brain eventually turning the host's extremely violent & aggressive as she seeks the chemicals to aid her diabolical experiments as they have left the inhabitants of Miasimia Goria a planet the Rani rules without the ability to relax or sleep.

The Master intends with the Rani help to allow the worlds greatest scientists & inventors to meet in the age of the Industrial Revolution to speed up earths development & build up a powerbase which he will control.
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