Time and the Rani
|“||You don't understand regeneration, Mel. It's a lottery, and I've drawn the short plank.||”|
|Time and the Rani|
|Air date||7 - 28 September 1987|
|Written by||Pip and Jane Baker|
|Directed by||Andrew Morgan|
|The Ultimate Foe||Paradise Towers|
HA HA Time for the Rani is without doubt the greatest Doctor Who story ever although its genius is often misunderstood, much like disco.
Shat out by Pip And Jane Baker, this was the Seventh Doctor's debut story and it ruined Doctor Who forever, again. It's the first story of the notorious Season 24 and Android Cartmel's first story as script editor.
It begins with Sly McCoy dressed up as Colin Baker (complete with curly blond wig) and it somehow manages to get worse from there.
So The Rani causes the Doctor to regenerate by shooting down the TARDIS because she needs him for her latest scheme which is kidnapping geniuses throughout history and uploading their minds into a giant brain. She dresses up as Mel to get the Doctor to help her and he falls for it. What the fuck?
The Seventh Doctor spends his first story bumbling around like a retard, he's not the manipulative bastard he became later. It's the usual post-regeneration amnesia wackiness with the pantomime elements of the Sixth Doctor era still in place and it's just bizarre. Also spoons.
- Eric Seaweed quits as script editor halfway through the previous story The Ultimate Foe (Colin's last)
- Pie Baker then fired
- JNT wants to ruin other shows but gets told "It's Doctor Who or nothing" by the BBC
- Sly McCoy cast
- Andrew Caramel replaces Eric Soured as script editor
- Stuck with shit script intended for the Sixth Doctor
- Rewrites/changes that somehow make everything worse
- Regeneration with no Colin Baker available
- Worst of all, Keff. Bloody. McCulloch.
Basically this story is all kinds of fucked up, possibly the craziest Doctor Who story ever, but for some reason it is strangely comfy in a way that is similar to being paralysed on face-melting drugs.
[False- there is nothing comfy about this episode. Unless you find Mel screaming for an hour and a half comforting.]
[No - I find it highly arousing.]
[Oh that's fine then.]