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Doctor Who: The Mark of Rani

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Doctor Who: The Mark of Rani


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"Surprisingly Clever."
3 stars"

To me, the 1984–86 years were terrible ones for Doctor Who. However, if I was to pinpoint a better episode, this would be it.

There's an interesting (if not slightly tired) moral vs. amoral vs. immoral comparison in this serial, and the ending is OK, certainly no worse than Russell T Davies would spit out in the modern series. Kate O'Mara plays the Rani, another renegade Time Lord – although, when I come to think of it, almost every Time Lord I've ever seen in any serial could be described as a renegade. They're basically human. Her performance is actually rather good. Colin Baker is his usual self, and Peri shows some backbone for once.

If you ever see this story, I challenge you not to ask the same question at the end that I did: “What was with the dinosaurs…?”

Not too tragic as a whole, but a little slow throughout.

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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…

Special Features

  • Commentary by Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown) and Kate O'Mara (The Rani)
  • Lords and Luddites – actors and crew recall the making of The Mark of the Rani
  • Deleted Scenes – nearly ten minutes of additional material from an early edit of Part One
  • Now and Then – short film featuring the Blists Hill Victorian Town location
  • Playing with Time – interview with the story's composer Jonathan Gibbs
  • Blue Peter – short film from 1978 exploring the history of Ironbridge Gorge and Blists Hill
  • Saturday Superstore – extract from March 1984 featuring Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Anthony Ainley (The Master)
  • Alternative Soundtrack – option to view Part One with the partially-completed original music score by John Lewis
  • Isolated Music Score – clean synchronous music is available for both episodes
  • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
Re-released on
March 13th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
English for the Hearing Impaired
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Sci-Fi
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