Serial: 7D  Episode Nos. 662, 663, 664, and 665.  Title: Time and the Rani


The Rani shoots down the TARDIS, injuring the Doctor and causing him to regenerate. 

She requires his talents to repair a machine of hers and to contribute his knowledge of time

to that of other geniuses she has kidnapped from throughout the universe.  Can the Doctor

and Melanie stir up the indolent local people into fighting back, or will the Rani's scheme succeed?


This story marks the debut of Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor.

starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Bonnie Langford as Melanie, and Kate O'Mara as the Rani.

Written by Pip and Jane Baker, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Andrew Morgan.

Originally transmitted from 7 September 1987 to 28 September 1987 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

Doctor Who: Time and the Rani starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Bonnie Langford

     as Melanie, and Kate O’Mara as the Rani.

- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for

   the hearing impaired.

- Optional commentary track by actors Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford, and

   writers Pip and Jane Baker.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout

   the story.

- “The Last Chance Salloon  A 29-minute featurette about the rapid setting-up of this

   entire season, casting the 7th Doctor, and production of this story.  Features interviews

   with former BBC Executive Jonathan Powell, producer John Nathan-Turner,

   director Andrew Morgan, actors Sylvester McCoy and Kate O’Mara, incoming script

   editor Andrew Cartmel, and title sequence designer Oliver Elmes.  Also features footage

   from the screen tests recorded by Sylvester McCoy, and other hopefuls David Fielder

   and Dermot Crowley, acting opposite Janet Fielding as a villain.

- “7D FX.”  An 11-minute featurette about the making of the special effects for this story,

   which for the first time included extensive CGI.  Features interviews with visual effects

   designers Mike Tucker, Colin Mapson, and Dave Chapman.

- “Helter Skelter  A 9-minute featurette about the creation of Doctor Who’s first CGI

title sequence by designer Oliver Elmes and Gareth Edwards of CAL Video.

- “Lakertya  A 2-minute featurette of dueling interview subjects: the director Andrew Morgan,

and writers Pip and Jane Baker over their visions of what this alien planet should’ve looked


- “Hot Gossip  A 2-minute featurette where some of the subjects of the previous interviews

      talk at length about their co-stars Wanda Ventham and Donald Pickering.

- “On Location  A 4-minute segment from a magazine show from 1987 that took a look at

the location recording and interviewed Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, and Kate O’Mara.                                     

- “Blue Peter  A 1-minute segment from a 1987 edition of venerable kids’ magazine show

Blue Peter that introduced the new Doctor to the viewers.

- Photo Gallery.  An 8-minute package of still photos taken during the production.

- PDF Materials.  : the Radio Times listings are available as a .pdf file if you put the disc

into a computer.  These include some season-launch interviews.

- 3 Easter Eggs.  Highlight the blank area below to see what they are and how to find them.

Egg 1:  Go to the Special Features menu, highlight the “7D FX” feature, and press the

      left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click this and you’ll see a new version

      of the regeneration scene where Colin Baker’s real face has been added to the start

      of it.

Egg 2:  Go to the Special Features menu, 2nd page.  Highlight the PDFs option and press

      the left arrow.  You will see Sylvester McCoy tell a story about how he was in a play

      with Timothy Dalton when he was informed he’d be taking over James Bond, and at

      almost the same time Sylvester had won the part of the Doctor.  
 Egg 3:  Go to the Special Features menu, 2nd page.  Highlight the Blue Peter option and

      press the left arrow.  You will see a short interview section with Kate O’Mara and other

      crew where they relate the story of an injury she suffered to her eyes from hanging

      upside-down too long with the Tetraps.