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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] 
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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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A story that has come in for some heavy criticism over the years - but one that I happen to find quite entertaining. Regeneration stories are always special and it is always a thrill to see the new doctor in the old doctors clothes.
I like the humor in this story - Kate O'Mara reprises the role of the Rani and I found her attempts to fool the doctor by impersonating Mel (Bonnie Langford) highly amusing. There is also Sylvester's risque playing of spoons on Kate's chest.
The story still holds up as visually impressive, featuring some innovative effects. Of note are the Rani's bubble traps - which when triggered by an unwary victim launches them into the air and explodes - leaving a 'rather gruesome' charred skeleton. This is utilized for a great cliffhanger when Mel triggers a trap and is sent screaming into the air. I think if awards were given for best cliffhanger scream - Bonnie Langford would win.
The monster design too is impressive, the Tetraps' are four-eyed humanoid bat creatures that drink blood, and we occasionally get their POV which is quite disconcerting.
It is quite fitting that the new doctor's first adventure should be in a quarry - but the location is very well used in this episode.
I enjoyed revisiting this story on DVD and would recommend it to other fans of the series if they are willing to approach without prejudice.
"I don't care. It doesn't have to be GOOD, it just needs to be ON."
- Aaron Sorkin, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
I Just Paid Money to watch Time and The Rani and own it again on DVD, in full, knowledgeable consent, already owning it on VHS. I'm Hugging The Cactus.
I regard this as being an exercise in Shadow Work - that's how I am thinking of you it as I approach the thing, going in.
After all, a little suffering is good for the soul.
"These Little Things are Sent to Try Us", as The Man said, as he stood before the Pygmy judge.
These are the times that test men's souls.
The Colourful Jester must die - and Time's Champion will discover, to his inexpressible joy, that he is alive. And he had never existed.
He's in there, already, somewhere - buried deep.
He'll be here, don't worry. He's on his way up as we speak. In the meantime - Courage.
also - Patience.
(for The Jedi it is time to eat as well)
Time and Tide melts The Snowman.
Many a Slap twixt a Cup and a Lap
So what's so funny about Brains, Loyhargil and Strange Matter, anyway?
Quite a slow first 2 episodes
Tetraps are disastrous
Bad make up and acting
Not bad, not amazing
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