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Doctor Who: Mark of the Rani (Story 140)
Doctor Who Mark of the Rani
Story 140
Actors: Colin Baker, Kate O'Mara, Anthony Ainley, Nicola Bryant
Director: Sarah Hellings
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Cult Movies
NR     2006     1hr 29min

The Doctor, the Master and another renegade Time Lord converge in 19th century England at the height of the Luddite rebellion.

    

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Actors: Colin Baker, Kate O'Mara, Anthony Ainley, Nicola Bryant
Director: Sarah Hellings
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Cult Movies
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Studio: BBC Video / Warner Bros.
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/07/2006
Original Release Date: 09/29/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 09/29/1975
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 10/4/2018...
This is one I often watch when feeling reflective and tranquil. It's a historical piece, occurring during the early 1800's in the infancy of the Industrial Revolution. The plot is leisurely and straightforward. It has hysterical Luddites and even a Mr. George Stephenson. It also features two renegade Time Lords: The Master and The Rani, who have quite the amusing interplays of dialogue (Kate O'Mara plays the Rani here, right before taking off to America to star on Dynasty.)

The majority of this one is shot on film, bearing more than an uncanny resemblance to many of the Fourth Doctor serials. As well, the soundtrack for Mark of the Rani is mournful and elegiac, which marries up appropriately to the coal smeared faces gracing the screen. Of interest to fans here: this dvd release features an alternative soundtrack for episode one, something I'd not been aware of. Evidently the first composer hired suffered a sudden onset of illness which resulted in his death, forcing the production team to find someone else. So, both scores are available here.

Another tidbit of significance is the location of some of the footage is the Ironbridge Gorge, the site of the world's first all metal bridge. I particularly enjoyed the Rani's TARDIS. There are steps leading down from the door into the control chamber, which is more of a metallic and dark inner sanctum at the heart of the vessel.

Movie Reviews

Three Time Lords for the price of one
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 09/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"England, 1826--the toil and drudgery of the coal miners is emphasized with the opening elegiac music. Jack Ward and his companions go to the bath house to wash, but suddenly, gas seeps through the walls, sending them to unconsciousness. They reemerge alive, but with red circles under their ears, and acting violently. They kick a food stand, knocking down its contents and a young boy.The Doctor and Peri are en route to Kew Gardens, but the TARDIS is pulled of course to 1826. There, they try to find the source of the time disturbance and trace it to the Rani, who like the Master is a renegade Time Lord and an old classmate.This is a semi-historical story, as they meet George Stephenson, the engineer whose Blucher locomotive hauled coal from Killingworth colliery. The Doctor tells Peri: "How would you like to meet a genius?" She says, "I thought I already had."The Rani, who has been taking the brain fluid enabling men to sleep throughout history, treats humans as "walking heaps of chemicals." "There's no place for the soul in her scheme of things." Result: the men become restless and violent. When the Doctor argues that humans haven't done any harm to her, she counters with: "They're carnivores. What harm have the animals in the fields done them, the rabbits they snare?... Do they worry about the lesser species when they sink their teeth into a lamb chop?" Point to the Rani there. She's so callous, the Doctor angrily tells her "They should never have exiled you. They should have locked you in a padded cell!"The Master is also here. Not only has he improved his compressor so that its victim totally vanishes, he wants to use the Rani's skills to continue his feud with the Doctor. The Rani has nothing but contempt for the Master and even mocks the rivalry between them: "It obsesses you to the exclusion of all else.", "You're unbalanced--no wonder why the Doctor always outwits you." She even says of his schemes: "It'd be something devious and overcomplicated. He's be dizzy if he tried to walk in a straight line." Indeed, the Master is a bumbler here compared to the clever and efficient Rani. I wouldn't want to tangle with the Rani.The interior of the Rani's TARDIS alone is worth watching this episode, as is a feature of it revisited at the end of The Two Doctors. Let's see, goofs and other things: The cliffhanger to Part 1 is effective, there's a small added scene when the cliffhanger is repeated in Part 2, which elicits a "Oh, come on!" Peri has a nice apricot dress, but as for that yellow top... urgh! And the Luddite riots ended in 1816, a decade earlier.Kate O'Mara makes the Rani more formidable than the Master and easily carries this story. Other honors go to Gawn Grainger as Stephenson and as Terence Alexander as Lord Ravensworth, head of Killingworth. One of the Sixth Doctor's best stories, with the harsh 1820's replicated remarkably well."
A class act from an under-rated era.
G.Spider | 10/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an example of semi-historical Dr Who at its best. There is a grown-up and interesting storyline, the appearance of a famous character from human history (in this case George Stephenson), the setting is charming and realistic, and the sets look great. The scenes between the three Time Lords (the Doctor, the Master and the Rani) are well-written, the bickering between them providing touches of amusement, and there is a genuinely gripping cliff-hanger."
Coolness extreme
David Cole | Oak Pk Heights, MN USA | 07/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Rani, an exiled time lord scientist, has quietly been infiltrating humanity over millenia: Trojen wars, Luddite Riots, America's Independence War, et cetera... she becomes involved in the Master's latest attempt to kill the Doctor as the Master is blackmailing her with a vial of fluid she has been collecting.The master is back and is in production-continuity order. (the last 4 years of the show, the Master comes back and nobody wants to explore the idea that the Master could have died at one encounter but thanks to time travel the Doctor can meet him before he dies!)There are some historical dating problems, but history itself is usually falsely written anyway and this is *entertainment* and *science fiction*.The Doctor is arguably at his best here and somehow is a more interesting adversary for the Master than the 5th Doctor.The Rani is cool and calm and pokes great fun at the Doctor/Master rivalry and it's brilliant.Get some wine and sit back, it's not an action piece but does indeed entertain.Oh, and check out the Rani's TARDIS interior. Definitely a highlight given the show's low budget..."