Season 24 | EP 1

Time and the Rani

Written by Pip and Jane Baker

"The tetraps are nobody's pets and you'd be wise not to forget it"

Episode Title Premiere Date
Episode 1 07/09/1987
Episode 2 14/09/1987
Episode 3 21/09/1987
Episode 4 28/09/1987

Violently wrenched out of time, the TARDIS is brought crashing down onto the planet Lakertya by the villainous Rani. In the maelstrom, the Doctor is forced to regenerate. Imprisoning the Doctor in her stronghold, the Rani seizes upon his vulnerable state. By impersonating his friend Mel, the Rani deceives the unwitting Doctor into helping her achieve her audacious plan. Just what is she up to? Why has she enslaved Albert Einstein and a host of geniuses? And as an asteroid composed of Strange Matter approaches Lakertya, can a weakened Doctor save the universe when he has little idea of who he really is?

Cast & Crew

The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy

Melanie: Bonnie Langford

The Rani: Kate O'Mara

Ikona: Mark Greenstreet

Faroon: Wanda Ventham

Beyus: Donald Pickering

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Director: Andrew Morgan

Scriptwriter: Pip and Jane Baker

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