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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Kate O'Mara, Mark Greenstreet, Donald Pickering
  • Directors: Andrew Morgan
  • Writers: Jane Baker, Pip Baker, Sydney Newman
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner, Peter Bryant
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SZQCDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,561 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Featuring Sylvester McCoy as the newly regenerated seventh Doctor, this new DVD features the Doctor’s battle with the evil Rani. After being attacked by the Rani, the TARDIS crash-lands on the planet Lakertya. On the floor of the console room, the Doctor begins his sixth regeneration...

In his post-regenerative confusion the Doctor is separated from his young companion Mel and tricked into assisting the Rani in her megalomaniac scheme to construct a giant time manipulator.

Lost on the barren surface of the planet, Mel has to avoid the Rani's ingenious traps and her monstrous, bat-like servants, the Tetraps. She joins forces with a rebel faction among the Lakertyans, desperate to end the Rani's control of their planet.

The Doctor must recover his wits in time to avoid becoming a permanent part of the Rani's plan to collect the genius of the greatest scientific minds in the Universe...

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
If you love this story, then you may not want to read on as I consider it the weakest debut for a Doctor yet. It's a shame because undeniably there is greater energy in the production than in the previous year. There are good moments in the direction, mostly good effects particularly for the time (Death by bubble still looks great) but it's the script bizarrely mixing real science (google strange matter!) & pre-school hi-jinx that is the problem.
The Rani shoots the Doctor's tardis out of the sky (that's another good moment)which causes him to regenerate and tries to enlist his help in manipulating strange matter to rewrite time and history. The Rani has now been reduced by her own creators Pip 'n Jane Baker to being the Master in drag, losing the intriguing amoral quality of her last appearance. She also indulges in a Masteresque silly disguise by dressing up as Mel. Yep you got it, Kate O' Mara impersonates Bonnie Langford & she does quite well with it but like when Disney Store used to make middle-aged women dress in US High School Uniforms, it's a bit embarrassing. Kate makes what she can out of the good moments e.g rapture staring at her giant brain with geniuses (genii?) hooked up to it.
To prevent the Doc seeing through the disguise she injects him with an amnesia inducing drug which considering the dangerous project she wants his help in is just plain daft.
As regular readers of my reviews know, I don't think Mel worked until Big Finish audios but the character written for Bonie Langford to play here is so insipid that it's no wonder she does little with it. She gets the unintentionally funniest line though; "I've had enough of this drivel!"
The guest cast struggle with underwritten roles, only Mark Greenstreet as Ikona makes any real impression.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. G. Prizeman on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
As a fan i have to give an honest review, this is one of the worst Dr Who stories ever and I am not sure it even deserves 2 stars. Just because this is the old or classic series dose not mean every story should get five stars, there were some bad stories and this was one. This is no Genesis of the Daleks or Pyramids of mars, could you really give this story 5 stars making it the same as those, i do hope not. OK Sylvester McCoy had to take on a story originally written for Colin Baker's Dr, but no matter who the actor was not much could save this weak story.I never understood why Bonnie Langford was the companion, and i am sorry her performance still grates, but to be fair this was more due to the script as opposed to her acting ability. The idea of the Rani played by Kate O'Mara collecting all the scientist to make a super brain was a workable idea, but this is just a awful part of Dr who's history, The McCoy Dr you see here is nothing like the Dr that was portrayed in the next season, but this did nothing than make the average person laugh at the pr gramme, including Varety Lambert who hated it. The extras are good but is the price worth it for extras alone. On a plus it was goodbye to the awful sixth Dr costume, shame it was not goodbye to the question marks as well. This is for hard core fans only be careful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 24 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
'The new Doctor is going to be a bloke, who used to put ferrets down his trousers' was the news told me by a real Job's comforter in 1985. Colin Baker had been unceremoniously sacked, and it is hard to blame him too much, because he comes across as a very likeable bloke, when he's not wearing that coat, but now we have a hurried regeneration, and a very different kettle of fish indeed. Sylvester was nothing if not different.

So the story has a disorientated Doctor partnered, at least at the outset, by the Rani dressed up as Mel. The latest planet looks very impressive, and the Tetrap monsters are fun, and (in one shot) we get to see that there really are hordes of the things (rather than the more usual six), and that bubble trap looks very good, and that giant brain looks very good - almost operatic - and lots of geniuses, including a nice little cameo from Albert Einstein. It all looks very good, even if the local aliens are wetter than the ocean, and the skeleton is a nice touch.

There's been some money spent, I'll give 'em that.

But it is still a story for kids.

Not too much of a problem, if you're about 11, or if you don't look for any more to a tale than a jolly runaround. Kate O'Mara is highly amusing, even if it does draw attention to the fact that Mel herself is really quite annoying, and Sylvester, with his spoon-playing and his delightful malapropisms, is eminently watchable, but the story itself is no deeper than a modest-sized puddle.

Providing a programme for children is what's required, then this really is a tour de force, but Dr Who isn't children's television.

The trouble was, that for the whole of the season, that's what it was to be.

2/5 but on its way to 3...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Sylvester McCoy became one of the best Doctors ever to grace the series- eventually. However he got off to an appalling start, and "Time And The Rani" justifiably tends to appear well towards the bottom of any fan ranking of Doctor Who stories.

Pip & Jane Baker were the worst writers ever to contribute to Doctor Who, and their story here is a ridiculous mess.

On the plus side, there's a marked improvement in special effects. Whilst all four episodes are (like the DVD cover) far too pink, improved computer graphics and some very good setbuilding and model work help make the whole thing a little more impressive on that front. I've always been impressed by the Seventh Doctor title sequence, which was ahead of its time, and also the new theme arrangement- although the incidental music was not so convincing.

The DVD extras follow along the usual lines- a jokey commentary, a half-hour slightly tongue-in-cheek documentary about the danger Doctor Who faced from cancellation, ten minutes about the visual effects, and some Easter Eggs that I'll admit I've not found yet... Sadly no deleted scenes or outtakes but you can't have everything.

A standard Who DVD- decent enough but certainly not one that should be on the top of your wishlist.
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