Dr Who: Time and the Rani: DVD Review
Dr Who Time and the Rani
Released by BBC And Roadshow Ent
Dear, oh dear.
Sometimes being a fan of something can be a cross to bear - and in Dr Who's
case, this adventure from the mid 80s which welcomed Sylvester McCoy to the role
as the Doctor still remains a horrifying watch some 20 years on.
Forced to regenerate after the TARDIS is attacked, the new Doc tries to work
out who he is - at the same time, his nemesis the Rani (Shoulder pad wearing
Kate O' Mara) unleashes her plan to take over the universe.
Time and The Rani remains a baffling piece of Dr Who history - the direction
and story choice forces the new Doc into being some kind of buffoon who does
little to immediately endear himself to a new audience. (Although this can
hardly be Sylvester McCoy's fault.)
The story is nonsensical and is Who at its very worst - it's only balanced
out by the fact that the extras explain so much of the reason why this just
didn't fire from the beginning. A fascinating doco, The Last Chance Saloon,
reveals the pressure on the team as BBC suits began to struggle to keep Who on
air in the face of such sophisticated new American sci fi shows such as Star
Trek The Next Generation.
While the main story is, at best, drivel, the extras give a depth to a
turbulent time in the show - and do a little to raise the level of this very
Extras: Commentary, doco, FX docos (which are really
interesting given the limitations of 1980s graphics) and Blue Peter and
Breakfast time features - a reasonable bunch.