The Rani

TimeAndRani-rani-doctor-who-kate-mara-timeOrigin : Gallifrey

“Oh, I know why you’re here. To destroy the Doctor. You’ve never had any other. It obsesses you, to the exclusion of all else! You’re unbalanced. No wonder the Doctor always outwits you….!” Rani to the Master

The female Master of the species is more deadly…..

The Rani (meaning ‘Queen’ in Hindu), followed in the tradition of previous Renegade Timelord’s – by naming herself after an authority figure (Doctor, Master – etc).

Like her contemporaries, the Rani was also on the run from the Time Lord race. Her principle interest – (apart from gaining power and control) was scientific research. Biology and gene splicing (on unwilling subjects) being her forte. She was completely ruthless, unafraid to cross a moral line, in the pursuit of scientific achievement.

Indeed, it was gene splicing that lead to the Rani being hunted by the Time Lord’s for creating giant lab mice on Gallifrey, which broke free and attacked the Lord President Of Gallifrey (and ate his pet cat!).

mark-Rani-doctor-who-kate-mara-tardis.jpgThe Rani then went on the run in a fully functioning Tardis, she was about the same age as the Doctor and the Master, maybe even having been in the same Gallifreyan school class as them.

The Rani was also a clever mechanical engineer, creating cunning traps, including – mines which when stepped on deleted the unfortunate victim from time itself.

Likewise, her deadly time bubbles which captured and then bounced the victim all over the ppace before exploding and vapourising them.

Dangerous enough in her own right, the Rani was to create a double threat by teaming up with the Master in Mark Of The Rani – 1985 when she travelled to a 19th Century Earth mining village and enslaved the population of the village for genetic experiments.

Using the villagers, the Rani harvested brain fluid from them to synthesize drugs to control the populace of another planet – Miasimia Goria. A planet that the Rani ruled over through drug pacification.
imageAlong with the Master, she used the villagers to trap the Sixth Doctor to use him for her genetic experimentations. The Doctor had a trick up his sleeve though, reprogramming the velocity control on the Rani’s Tardis and sent it hurtling into the future with the Master and the Rani aboard.

That was only part of their problems though, as some T-Rex Embryo’s present in jars smashed and began to grow large whilst the Rani and Master were pinned to the wall of the accelerating Tardis.

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The Rani reappeared in the Seventh Doctor’s first serial; Time And The Rani – 1987. This time surpressing the Lakertyan’s on planet Lakertya – with her batlike Tet-Trap allies.

This time, the Rani was stealing Earth’s greatest Scientists (Einstein, Louie Pasteur, Hypatia and the Doctor) to combine their intellect to create a massive time manipulator, out of a huge pulsating computer brain.

The Rani attacked the Tardis, forcing the Doctor to regenerate from the Sixth Incarnation to the Seventh. She then injected the Doctor with an amnesia drug to confuse him, before taking on the persona of Mel (his then assistant) to trick the Doctor into repairing some equipment in her lab.

The Doctor was able to overcome the Rani and destroy the Time Manipulator with the help of the Lakertyan’s. However, the Rani escaped to her Tardis but found it overran with Tet-Trap’s who themselves taken control and kidnapped the Rani.

To date, the Rani has not appeared again but was intended as a recurring character, prior to the show’s cancellation – in 1989.

Old Doctor Who

Appearances :

Season Twenty Two – 1985

Mark Of The Rani🔵🔵🔵🔵⚪

Season Twenty Four – 1987

Time And The Rani🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪


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