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Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani [DVD] 
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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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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.Read more ›
Plot: The Rani is an excellent idea, more so because she is the rare case of a female villain. Her motivation is solid, not out-and-out evil, but misguided - correcting one mistake by making another. The setting is well thought out (and apparently the Baker's wrote some of this 'on the fly' as the locations became apparent). Nicola Bryant gets well used with Peri's botany background coming to the fore. Where this story falls over is in the inclusion of the Master, whose motivation is lame and who seems to get in the way of a perfectly good story. To be fair to the Bakers, I get the impression that this was a requirement of JNT, but unlike say Robert Holmes being asked to add things in to The Two Doctors, here the join is not seamless. The Rani would have been better with a subservient foil, perhaps a member of the race that she is trying to help. This could have had some interesting tension of its own. Instead we get the Master simply acting like a bully.
Script: The Bakers aren't going to win awards for their scripting, but this isn't all that bad. Some good stuff for Colin and Kate to get hold of. The scripting for the Master, however is just poor.
Design: Who can fault the authentic feel of the location work (though apparently there are anachronistic gas lamps, not that I noticed). The small amount of studio work doesn't disappoint, especially Rani's excellent TARDIS. Costuming is very good, though Rani could have done with a costume that didn't somehow look like a lighter version of the Master's costume.Read more ›
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personally i love it and the whole era i love, colin baker is so underrated its unreal.Published on 8 Feb. 2015 by TRACY