6X. Doctor Who - The Mark Of The Rani

Season Twenty Two

Script Editor: Eric Saward; Produced by: John Nathan-Turner; Writers: Pip and Jane Baker; Director: Sarah Hellings; Designer: Paul Trerise; Incidental Music: Jonathan Gibbs; Stunt Arranger: Bill Weston (uncredited); Extra Credit: The BBC wish to acknowledge the co-operation of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum;

The TARDIS is en route to Kew Gardens, and Peri is dressed for the occasion. The TARDIS is drawn off course and arrives during the Luddite riots. Although the Luddite riots are used as a cover, the reason for the rioting locals is down to a Time Lady - the Rani. She has been extracting the chemical from the human brain that promotes sleep.

At the same time the Master is also hatching a plan. A conference is due to take place between the period's most promising inventors. The Master plans to prevent this which would mean that the Industrial Revolution would not take place.

The Doctor, with the help of Lord Ravensworth, manages to put a stop to the Rani and the Master's plans, and tampers with the Rani's TARDIS. When the Master and the Rani escape together they find that that they are trapped in a TARDIS that is travelling too fast, out of control, and with a rapidly developing Tyrannosaurus embryo. At the same time Peri manages to mix up a brew of local herbs that will return sleep to the locals.

Regular cast

Peri Brown: Nicola Bryant;

Guest cast

The Master: Anthony Ainley; The Rani: Kate O'Mara; Lord Ravensworth: Terence Alexander; Jack Ward: Peter Childs; Luke Ward: Gary Lady; Tim Bass: William Ilkley; Guard: Richard Steele; Edwin Green: Hus Levant (1); Sam Rudge: Kevin White (1); Drayman: Martyn Whitby; Young Woman: Sarah James (1); Older Woman: Cordelia Ditton (1); George Stephenson: Gawn Grainger (2);
Uncredited cast: Tom: Alan Talbot (1); Josh: Nigel Johnson (1); Agressors/Miners: Toby Byrne, Ian Durrant, Ernie Goodyear, Derek Holt, Nick Joseph, Leon Laurence, Raymond Martin, Don Parry; Walk Ons: Clive Cartwright, Neville Clarke, Terence Coton, Gordon Coulson, Tony Dell, Zophanie Vasquez Howard, Dave Lee Jay, Barry Jones, Ian McFarlane, Dave Mitty, Terry Pearson, John Poyner, Gordon Young;

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1631Part OneSat 2 February 19855:20 pm - 6:05 pm6.8M111th
BBC 1632Part TwoSat 9 February 19855:20 pm - 6:05 pm7.3M84th

Outside filming

Blists Hill Open Air museum, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire; Coalport China Works, Coalport, Telford, Shropshire; Granville Collery spoil heaps, Lodge Road, Donnington Wood, Donnington, Telford, Shropshire; Queen Elizabeth Woods, nr. Harefield Hospital, Hants;

Studio filming

Televison Centre Studio 1;

Bloopers and mistakes

Episode 1: The Rani leaves the bath house to find the Master and Peri sneaks in to rescue the Doctor. Note that she takes special care to bolt the door on the inside after she enters. But when the Rani and the Master return they just walk in.

Notes and trivia

The incidental music for this story was originally going to be by a freelance composer called John Lewis, but sadly he died before starting work.

Working titles

Enter The Rani;