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

Sylvester McCoy , Bonnie Langford , Andrew Morgan    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Something of a misfire" 18 Oct 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I remember watching it in 1987 when it was first shown, and really not liking it, and not having seen it since I have largely agreed with the general fan opinion that it is not up to much. However, as a completist I just had to purchase and watch it, and I am glad that I did.

OK, I am not saying it has suddenly turned into a classic masterpiece like `Talons' or `Androzani', but watching it again I was surprised at how much there is to enjoy.

For anyone looking here who does not already know (thought I cannot imagine that will be too many people!) this is the first outing for Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor. Colin Baker declined to appear for the regeneration scene, hence the rather odd and rushed start to the serial. The first minus point is that it is never made clear just why the Doctor regenerated.

What follows is a reasonable tale as evil Time Lady the Rani kidnaps the Doctor, and attempts to trick him, while he is in his post regenerative confusion, into helping her with some weird scheme involving strange matter (a real scientific concept by the way) and several geniuses kidnapped from Earth.

The plot is a bit of a mess, and having Kate O'Mara as the Rani imitating Bonnie Langford's Mel was a mistake. The Doctor's malapropisms get on your wick after a while, and Mel is irritating. But there are good points as well. The moral dilemma of Beyus, blackmailed into helping the Rani, is nicely portrayed, and a little thought provoking. Sylvester McCoy grabs to opportunity with both hands and puts a lot of energy into his characterisation, already evoking memories of the 2nd Doctor's habit of appearing to be an idiot, but really being one step ahead of the opposition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of starts but things do improve. 3 Aug 2013
After watching the extras I do feel sorry for Sylvester McCoy, you can see the dark doctor of series three during his audition, why oh why did they insist on his prat falls, etc, you can see the actor wasn't comfortable with this, the making of is excellent and worth the 3 stars alone, a series unloved by the BBC and not a lot of time to prepare decent scripts for the upcoming season, its a miracle it got two more, not sylvesters fault at all.
As an avid Dr Who fan I have this and it will get played more than once, but along with the Twin Dilema this has to be one of the weakest regeneration stories. Not sure why JNT got these stories so wrong, I have always liked Bonnie as a personnality and always felt she got unjustified bad press but she was so wrong for Dr Who, so in a nut shell, not the best starts but Sylvester was allowed to mature from the clown to the dark manipulator of his third and to a certain extent his second season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dr Who 27 Mar 2014
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More than likely buy again in the very near future if I see some more great sci fi that I like
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mccoy Regenerated 21 Dec 2013
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When Colin Baker was sacked and refused to do teh regen scene it was left to mmcoy to wear a wig.
Kate Omara doesnt come across at all that menacing really but the story is weird. Interesting debut from Mccoy
and as with all debuts getting used to a new doctor takes time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A baty story this one. 28 July 2013
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Not too bad as a story. I'd forgotten about Sylvester's doctor, but watching these again I'd have to say he wasn't that bad a doctor as a lot of folks made out. Same old criticism though - naff monsters. Loved the fledgling use of video effects though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker's regeneration
Colin Baker, having been sacked refused to film his regeneration so McCoy regenerates into himself thanks to a Baker wig. First ever all CGI opening titles too.
Published 6 months ago by Whitehame
2.0 out of 5 stars 'How can I find the right kind of wire?'
'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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE TIME AND THE RANI!!!!!!
PEOPLE!!!!! TIME AND THE RANI IS AMAZING. Nobody gives this serial a chance they think its rubbish, poor intro for Sylvester McCoy.... No... No It's not, it's superb. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R.Ivory
5.0 out of 5 stars 7th Doctors beginning
Thought it was a great serial to start the Sylvester McCoy era as the doctor. The Rani really was twisted impersonating Mel and confusing the doctor with his mind after... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fraser Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating for the DVD content
Everyone is going to have different opinions on the quality of the show, thats fair and at the time the budget was low and they did the best they could with what they had. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by mccoy989
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...
This has got to be the dullest most boring, embarrassing episode in the history of Who to that date. McCoy is awful, pratting about like a proper fool. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Shaun Cryer
5.0 out of 5 stars Time and the Rani tell all
Time and the Rani introduces Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. Great story, Kate O'Mara is excellent as the Rani (a female version of the Master) and all the good aspects of the... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Andrew50
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than you may think
OK, so not the best Doctor Who story ever made, but put this on in front of a younger viewer and I'd bet they'd find it more entertaining than about 100 other stories. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by Mr. M. Leacy
2.0 out of 5 stars How any fan could ever give this 5 stars is mad
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. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Mr. R. G. Prizeman
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