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Featuring Sylvester McCoy as the newly regenerated seventh Doctor, this new DVD features the Doctor's battle with the evil Rani.
After being attacked by the Rani, the TARDIS crash-lands on the planet Lakertya. On the floor of the console room, the Doctor begins his sixth regeneration. In his post-regenerative confusion the Doctor is separated from his young companion Mel and tricked into assisting the Rani in her megalomaniac scheme to construct a giant time manipulator.
Lost on the barren surface of the planet, Mel has to avoid the Rani's ingenious traps and her monstrous, bat-like servants, the Tetraps. She joins forces with a rebel faction among the Lakertyans, desperate to end the Rani's control of their planet. The Doctor must recover his wits in time to avoid becoming a permanent part of the Rani's plan to collect the genius of the greatest scientific minds in the Universe...
• 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio
• Commentary - stereo. With actors Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford, writers Pip and Jane Baker
• The Last Chance Saloon - by 1987, senior executives at the BBC were on the point of killing-off Doctor Who in the face of stiff fan opposition. Instead, they decided to give the show one last chance
• 7D FX - a look behind-the-scenes at the creation of the story's impressive visual effects with visual effects designer Colin Mapson, visual effects assistant Mike Tucker and video effects designer Dave Chapman
• Helter-Skelter - Graphic designer Oliver Elmes and animator Gareth Edwards talk about how they created the first CGI title sequence in Doctor Who's history
• Lakertya - writers Pip and Jane Baker talk about their original vision for the lush forest planet Lakertya and director Andrew Morgan explains why he ended up shooting it in a desolate quarry instead
• Hot Gossip - Kate O'Mara recalls the fun of working with gossiping friends
• On Location- BBC Breakfast Time's reporter Guy Michelmore visits the production during location filming for the story's exterior scenes and talks to John Nathan-Turner, Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Kate O'Mara
• Blue Peter - Janet Ellis welcomes newly appointed Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy to the Blue Peter studio
• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
As an old school Doctor Who fan I can only sing praises for the classics.
Couple the rich story lines, and garish costumes with the eccentricities of The Doctor and you are in for a treat. Although 'Time and the Rani' is made in the late 80's, the special effects are still on par for the time.
I would recommend this for anyone who is new to the world of Doctor Who, however I would suggest either starting at the beginning (William Hartnell, 1963), or jumping to the later series (Christopher Ecclestone, 2005 and onwards).
A great series to follow for most ages, young and old.
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