Serial: 6X Episode Nos. 639 and 640. Title: The Mark of the Rani
The Doctor and Peri arrive off course near Killingworth at the start of the Industrial Revolution, where they find the Master and a Time Lord chemist called the Rani interfering with history, planning to pervert the geniuses of the Revolution to their own ends under the cover of the Luddite riots..
This story sees the debut of Kate O'Mara as the Rani.
starring Colin Baker as the Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri, Anthony Ainley as the Master, and Kate O'Mara as the Rani. Written by Pip and Jane Baker, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Sarah Hellings.
- Both 45-minute episodes, remastered and restored.
- Commentary track with actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, and Kate O’Mara.
- “Lords and Luddites,” a new 43-minute featurette about the making of the story. Features interviews with actors Colin Baker,
Nicola Bryant, Kate O’Mara, and Gary Cady (Luke Ward), script editor Eric Saward, incidental music composer Jonathan
Gibbs, and writers Pip and Jane Baker.
- “Now and Then,” a new 4-minute featurette showing the locations as they are now and comparing them to how they looked at the
time of production.
- Deleted Scenes. A 9-minute package of 13 scenes from part one that were either completely deleted or trimmed before broadcast.
- An 11-minute 1978 “Blue Peter” segment hosted by Peter Purves about the Ironbridge Gorge Museum and the surrounding area,
which is the main shooting location used in this story.
- “Playing With Time,” a new 10-minute interview with Jonathan Gibbs, the composer of the incidental music for the story.
- “Saturday Superstore” A 2-minute extract from this program that interviewed Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant live on air, with a
special call-in by none other than the Master.
- Isolated Music Track. Selecting this will play the episodes with only the incidental music soundtrack playing.
- Alternate Music Track on Part One. This story was originally given to composer John Lewis to score, but he became terminally ill
after completing the first episode, causing his score to be dropped in favor of the final one by Jonathan Gibbs. Selecting
this option will play Part One with Lewis’ score instead of the final one.
- Production Notes subtitles
- Photo Gallery
- PDF files of the 1985 Doctor Who Annual and the Radio Times listings for this story.
- Special notes: All of the soundtrack options are in their own sub-menu on this occasion. Also, this disc starts out with two
advertisements, one for the Christopher Eccleston DVD box set, and one for the BBC America cable channel. Both of
these are skippable with your DVD remote.
- 1 Easter Egg. Highlight the invisble text below to see what it is and how to get to it.
- On the main menu, highlight the Special Features button and then press the left arrow once. A Doctor Who logo will appear.
Click on this and you will see all the continuity announcements and trailers that ran on the original BBC1 broadcasts.