Time and the Rani


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 143
ISBN 0-426-20331-3
Publication Date 5 May 1988

SYNOPSIS

1988 Target Books edition

Assailed by violent bolts of multi-coloured energy, the TARDIS is blasted off-course and forced to land on the barren planet of Lakertya.

The turbulence brings about The Doctor’s sixth regeneration. But that is the least of his worries. He has been hijacked by that ruthless renegade Time Lady, the Rani.

Why has the Rani brought The Doctor to Lakertya? What are the hideous Tetrap guards? Who are the eleven geniuses she has imprisoned in her stronghold? What is the vital significance of the asteroid of Strange Matter? And can The Doctor stop the Rani’s diabolical scheme before it affects the whole of creation throughout time and space?

1991 Target Books edition

HE GLARED BLEAKLY AT THE RANI. ‘THAT ASTEROID’S COMPOSED OF STRANGE MATTER! WHAT MONSTROUS EXPERIMENT ARE YOU DABBLING IN NOW?’

Assailed by violent bouts of energy the TARDIS is blasted off course and forced to land on the barrent planet of Lakertya, and the violent buffeting triggers The Doctor’s sixth regeneration. But that is the least of his worries. He has been hijacked by that ruthless renegade female Time Lord, the Rani.

Why has the Rani brought The Doctor to Lakertya? What are the hideous Tetrap guards? Who are the eleven geniuses she has imprisoned in her stronghold? What is the vital significance of the asteroid of Strange Matter? And can The Doctor stop the Rani’s diabolical scheme before it affects the whole of creation throughout time and space?

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  1. Regeneration
  2. The New Doctor
  3. Death Is Sprung
  4. Identity Crisis
  5. Collaborators All
  6. On With The Fray
  7. Haute Couture
  8. Visions of Greatness
  9. Face To Face
  10. A Kangaroo Never Forgets
  11. When Strangers Meet
  12. ‘You Know, Don’t You!’
  13. Rendezvous With A Tetrap
  14. The Centre of Leisure
  15. Exchange Is A Robbery
  16. The Twelfth Genius
  17. Selective Retribution
  18. Too Many Cooks
  19. Star Struck!
  20. Holy Grail
  21. A Dangerous Break
  22. Countdown
  23. Goodbye, Lakertya


DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY

  • The Sixth Doctor receives a “pre-regeneration” scene in the first chapter.
  • Za Panato and Ari Centos are listed as two of the scientists kidnapped by the Rani.
  • It is explained that Sarn escapes because she is worried of being punished for helping The Doctor.
  • An explanation is given for how the Rani escaped her plight at the end of The Mark of the Rani: As the tyrannosaur grew to full size, its spine snapped against the roof of her TARDIS.
  • The Doctor uses several more garbled sayings, such as”A frowning man will clutch at a straw”.
  • Mel slips through the hole in the bubble trap when Ikona removes the detonator, rather than it disappearing.
  • Mel threatens The Doctor with a burning laboratory instrument when they first meet.
  • It is stated that the Rani has never had to regenerate, despite her being the same age as The Doctor.
  • The Doctor hangs up with the Tetraps in the eyrie to hide from the Rani, with Beyus trying to warn him not to go in there.
  • The Tetrap stumbles into the bubble trap instead of being pushed in by The Doctor.
  • The Tetraps’ native language is revealed to be English backwards.
  • The Doctor gets out of his cubicle with a penknife.
  • A Tetrap is killed by a fungus released when it steps on a phial that the Rani had tried to use on The Doctor and Mel.
  • Mel hides from the Rani in the brain chamber rather than being at The Doctor’s side throughout.
  • Faroon continues to go along with Beyus’ policy after the Tetraps fit the Lakertyans with the exploding anklets, instead of accepting Ikona’s decision to go to The Doctor for help.
  • Urak stuns the Rani after taking control of her TARDIS.

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