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Time and the Rani
Doctor Who, episode 148 (24.1)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:12
The Rani impersonates the Doctor's companion. She's building a very big brain.
The Rani has taken control of the planet Lakertya and forced the peaceful Lakertyans to build a rocket silo-cum-laboratory base into a cliff face. She is aided by the Tetraps, a race of bat-like creatures, and plans to fire a rocket loaded with loyhargil, a substance with the same properties as strange matter, at an asteroid completely composed of the latter.
As a preliminary to this she has created a huge artificial brain and kidnapped a number of geniuses - including Pasteur and Einstein from Earth - to imbue it with the ability first to identify and then to calculate the correct way to create loyhargil for her in the laboratory. The newly-regenerated Doctor and Mel manage to stop her and the planet is saved. The Rani is captured by the Tetraps, who decide to take her as a prisoner back to their home world.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:03
Time and the Rani opens (like the fifth Doctor's debut story, Castrovalva) with a pre-titles sequence leading up to the Doctor's regeneration. This unfortunately gets the Sylvester McCoy era off to a rather bad start as the viewer is given no indication whatsoever of the reason for the regeneration or the circumstances leading up to it. Even allowing for the difficulties created by Colin Baker's unwillingness to return for a regeneration story, surely the writers and/or production team could...
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