Time and the Rani

Time and the RaniTime and the Rani

After being attacked by theRani, the TARDIS crash-lands on the planet Lakertya. On the floorof 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…

Episode entry

  • Time and the Rani was the first story in season twenty-fourof Doctor Who. It marked the debut of Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor (McCoy also briefly portrayed the Sixth Doctor for the regeneration sequence). An all-computer animated opening titles sequence was introduced with this story, along with a new arrangement of the theme tune by Keff McCulloch, an appropriately electronic rendition composed entirely on a Prophet 5 Synthesiser. Kate O’Mara made her second and final televised appearance (not including the charity special Dimensions in Time). Bonnie Langford continued to play Mel for the rest of the season.
  • Mel is an admirerof the work of the scientist C. P. Snow, who dealt with thermodynamics.
  • The Raniintends to go back to the Cretaceous and save dinosaurs from extinction.
  • Loyhargil is an anagram of “holy grail”.
  • The working title for this story was Strange Matter.
  • This is the first time The Doctor is seen regenerating at the beginning of a serial, as opposed to its end (barring recap footage, of course).

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