This is idiotic!
The Doctor has regenerated for the sixth time and now the Rani has taken the newly regenerated Doctor prisoner. The Doctor must foil the Rani's evil schemes before all is lost.
The Rani intends to take advantage of an asteroid composed of strange matter which is passing the remote planet of Lakertya. If she can explode the asteroid by colliding it with another mass of strange matter, she can cause a chain reaction which will ultimately result in the creation of a time manipulator. With this device, she will be able to massively change history and rectify the "randomness" of evolution throughout the time-space continuum.
Unfortunately, strange matter is both rare and extremely heavy. In order for her plan to work, she must find a substance which has the same properties as strange matter, but is light enough to be propelled to escape velocity from the surface of the planet. Toward that end, she ties the universe's greatest minds into the single brain that will comprise the core of the time manipulator. Together, she reasons, they must be able to discover a lightweight substitute for strange matter.
One of the geniuses she collects is the Doctor. In his post-regenerative state, however, he's dazed and confused. As he struggles to emerge from his regeneration cycle, Mel encounters the locals who are divided about how best to end the oppressive rule of the Rani and her henchmen, the Tetraps.
- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Mel - Bonnie Langford
- The Rani - Kate O'Mara
- Ikona - Mark Greenstreet
- Faroon - Wanda Ventham
- Beyus - Donald Pickering
- Sarn - Karen Clegg
- Urak - Richard Gauntlett
- Lanisha - John Segal
- Voices - Peter Tuddenham, Jacki Webb
- Assistant Floor Manager - Joanna Newbery, Christopher Sandeman
- Costumes - Ken Trew
- Designer - Geoff Powell
- Incidental Music - Keff McCulloch
- Make-Up - Lesley Rawstorne
- OB Cameraman - Alastair Mitchell, John Hawes
- Producer - John Nathan-Turner
- Production Assistant - Joy Sinclair
- Production Associate - Anne Faggetter
- Script Editor - Andrew Cartmel
- Special Sounds - Dick Mills
- Studio Lighting - Henry Barber
- Studio Sound - Brian Clark
- Theme Arrangement - Keff McCulloch
- Title Music - Ron Grainer
- Visual Effects - Colin Mapson
- Loyhargil is an anagram of 'holy grail'.
- Working title for this story was Strange Matter.
- This is the first story to feature computer generated images (CGI) for the titles and many of the effects (including the TARDIS's flight through space in the pre-title sequence).
- The story's 'problems' can be partly explained as Pip and Jane Baker (the writers) in that they had no idea who would be playing the new Doctor or how he would be characterised - and, at least when they started work on the project, the series had no script editor for them to discuss things with.
- Colin Baker refused to participate in the filming of the regeneration sequence. As a result, Sylvester McCoy donned a wig and briefly appeared as the Sixth Doctor, making him the only Doctor actor to play two different incarnations.
- io9.com ranked the Sixth Doctor's death as the second weakest death in science fiction history.
- Sylvester McCoy protested wearing a jumper with questions marks on them. [source needed]
- During the regeneration, the exercise bike the Sixth Doctor rides in Terror of the Vervoids is visible in the TARDIS control room. In Issue 409 of Doctor Who Magazine, in an article on regeneration, the writer suggests that the Sixth Doctor's "mortal" injury may have been caused by him falling off the bike.
- Part 1 - 5.1 million viewers
- Part 2 - 4.2 million viewers
- Part 3 - 4.3 million viewers
- Part 4 - 4.9 million viewers
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- Cloford Quarry, Cloford, Frome, Somerset (Exterior of Rani's base)
- Westdown Quarry, Chantry, Frome, Somerset (Location where the TARDIS lands)
- Whatley Quarry, Whatley, Frome, Somerset
- BBC Television Centre (TC1 & TC8), Shepherd's Bush, London
Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors
- Sylvester McCoy pronounces "Princeton University" as "Prince Town". Since he has just regenerated the Doctor might be having diffuicualty pronoucing words.
- The Doctor is wounded enough to regenatrate during The Rani's TARDIS shoot-down, but Mel is barely stunned. The Doctor might of fell rather badly. His excersise bike seen in 'Terror of the Vervoids
- The Rani appeared last in DW: The Mark of the Rani.
- The final portion of PDA: Spiral Scratch leads into this story.
- The Rani's fate is followed up in BBV: The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.
- In NA: Timewyrm: Revelation, Love and War and Head Games the reasons why the Doctor regenerated are further explored.
- The Doctor states that he is 953 years old (although this number is later contradicted by the 2005 revival).
- Time and the Rani occurs after: PDA: Spiral Scratch
- Time and the Rani occurs before: DWM: The Useful Pile
DVD, Video and Other Releases
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- Main article: Time and the Rani (novelisation)
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- BBC Episode Guide for Time and the Rani
- Outpost Gallifrey Episode Guide: Time and the Rani
- Doctor Who Reference Guide: Detailed Synopsis - Time and the Rani
- A Brief History of Time (Travel): Time and the Rani
- The Locations Guide to Doctor Who - Time and the Rani