Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time and the Rani

The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
looks rightfully annoyed that the script
for his first story was awful. The Rani
(Kate O'Mara) and Mel (Bonnie Langford)
were oblivious.
Four episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four)
First broadcast Sep 7 to 28 1987
Average audience for serial: 4.63m

CAST

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) Born Aug 20 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1987-89). Return appearances in Dimensions in Time (1993) and Doctor Who (1996)
Career highlights
Sylvester - birth name Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith - started out as a variety performer and comedian, appearing on shows such as Vision On (as Pepe, who lived in a mirror) in the late 1970s and early 80s, as well as Robert's Robots, Tiswas, Eureka, No 73, What's Your Story? and Jigsaw (as one of the two O-Men). Acting roles include Lucky Feller (1975), For the Love of Albert (1977), Dracula (1979), All the Fun of the Fair (1979), Big Jim and the Figaro Club (1979-81), Electric in the City (1980), Starstrider (1984), The Last Place on Earth (1985), Three Kinds of Heat (1987), Jackanory (1979/93), Frank Stubbs Promotes (1994), Leapin' Leprachauns! (1995), Rab C Nesbitt (1996), Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprachauns (1997), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Beyond Fear (1997), The Mumbo Jumbo (2000), See It Saw It (1999/2001), Hollyoaks (2002), Still Game (2004), Mayo (2006), The Bill (2002/06), Doctors (2008), The Academy (2009/12), The Christmas Candle (2013) and The Candy House (2015). Aside from the Doctor, his other memorable role is Radagast the Brown in the three Hobbit films - An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies (2012-14). He also appeared in The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1981, on Comic Relief in 1988, Space Cadets in 1997, Hell's Kitchen in 2004 and Tiswas Reunited in 2007. He has regularly played his Doctor in a number of fan audio adventures since 1999, as well as BBCi's webcast story Death Comes to Time (2001).
Facts
Before becoming an actor, he trained as a priest (1955-59), sold insurance and acted as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. Sylvester was second choice for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the early 1990s Sylvester was to play Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when the film was to be made by Steven Spielberg, but Disney refused permission and made it a decade later with Jonathan Pryce in the role. His stage name originates from when he was a part of Ken Campbell's variety roadshow, playing a stuntman by the same name (the name was dreamt up by roadshow colleague, actor Brian Murphy).

Bonnie Langford (Melanie Bush) Born Jul 22 1964
Doctor Who credits
Played: Melanie Bush in The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 9-14, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire (1986-87). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Starting out as a child star on series such as Junior Showtime (1973), Bonnie's earliest major role was in the film Bugsy Malone (1976), after which she had her first taste of true fame playing Violet Elizabeth Bott in Just William (1977-78). Further acting credits include Wombling Free: The Movie (1977), Family Album (1991), Goodnight Sweetheart (1999), Agatha Christie's Marple (2006) and Hotel Babylon (2008). She has also made a niche for herself as a dancer, entertainer and presenter on programmes such as The Hot Shoe Show (1983-84), Saturday Starship (1984-85) and Dancing on Ice (2006, in which she came third, competing with Matt Evers; and 2014, in which she came eighth, competing with Andrei Lipanov). She has also played Mel in various fan audio adventures since 2000.
Facts
In 1970 Bonnie won Hughie Green's talent show Opportunity Knocks. Much of her career since the 1990s has been spent on stage, on Broadway and in the West End. In 1995 Bonnie married actor Paul Grunert, at the time best known for his appearances in the National Lottery TV commercials. Bonnie's sister Cherida is married to actor and manager Sandy Strallen, making Bonnie the aunt of actresses Scarlett, Zizi and Summer Strallen. Her mother founded Babette Langford's The Young Set. Here she is, on Twitter!

Kate O'Mara (The Rani) Aug 10 1939 to Mar 30 2014 (ovarian cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Rani in The Mark of the Rani (1985), Time and the Rani (1987), Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
Kate's first role was in Emergency Ward 10 in 1957, followed by roles in Danger Man (1965), Weavers Green (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1967), Great Catherine (1968), The Desperados (1969), The Avengers (1969), The Main Chance (1969), The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Spy Trap (1973), The Tamarind Seed (1974), The Two Ronnies (1977), The Plank (1979), Dempsey and Makepeace (1986), Cluedo (1990), Bad Girls (2001), Absolutely Fabulous (1995/2003), Crossroads (2003), Family Affairs (2005) and Benidorm (2012). Kate had regular roles as Jane Maxwell in The Brothers (1975-76), Katherine Laker in Triangle (1981-82), Cassandra Morrell in US soap Dynasty (1986) and Laura Wilde in Howards' Way (1989-90). In 1971 Kate, who started her career as a speech therapist, appeared in the stage version of The Avengers, playing the villainous Madame Gerda. Kate reprised the role of the Rani in the 2000 audio play The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind, and was expected to do so again for Big Finish in 2014 in the story The Rani Elite, but died before recording took place. The character was recast in the form of Siobhan Redmond.
Facts
Kate's mother was actress Hazel Bainbridge, best known as Alice Wilks in Emmerdale Farm, and between 1961-76 Kate was married to actor Jeremy Young, who appeared in Doctor Who's first story. Her second husband was also a Doctor Who actor - between 1993-96 she was married to Richard Willis (who appeared in Full Circle (1980)). Her sister is actress Belinda Carroll, making her brother-in-law actor Michael Cochrane (who appeared in Black Orchid (1982) and Ghost Light (1989)). She founded The British Actors' Theatre Company in 1987, for which her son Dickon Young worked as a set designer. On New Year's Eve 2012, Dickon - who for years had suffered from alcohol and drug abuse, which had worsened since he sustained brain damage after being hit by a car - was found hanged at the family home, aged 48 (Kate was in hospital with double pneumonia at the time so her son's body was not found for three weeks).

Mark Greenstreet (Ikona) Born Apr 19 1960
Career highlights
Mark made his debut in Family Ties Vacation (1985), followed by roles in Time for Murder (1985), Brat Farrar (1986), Pulaski (1987), Dream Demon (1988), The Bill (1989) and Freddie and Max (1990). He finally found the leading role he sought playing Mike Hardy in the horse racing series Trainer (1991-92), after which he quit acting and moved behind the camera to write and direct the film Caught in the Act (1997).
Facts
Mark - whose great-uncle was the actor Sydney Greenstreet - is married to assistant director Emma Pounds, who has worked on productions such as Mrs Dalloway and Human Traffic. In 1986 Mark was shortlisted for the role of James Bond in the 007 films, but the role ultimately went to Timothy Dalton (who appeared in The End of Time (2009-10)).

Donald Pickering (Beyus) Nov 15 1933 to Dec 19 2009
Doctor Who credits
Played: Eyesen in The Keys of Marinus (1964)
Played: Captain Blade in The Faceless Ones (1967)
Played: Beyus in Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
Donald's prolific career began with an appearance in Woman in a Dressing Gown (1956), after which he took roles in Sykes in a ... (1964), Gideon's Way (1965), A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), Barlow At Large (1971), The Pallisers (1974), Wings (1977-78), Zulu Dawn (1979), Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (1980, as Watson to Geoffrey Whitehead's Holmes), The Professionals (1982), Yes, Prime Minister (1986), Executive Stress (1986-87), The Camomile Lawn (1992), Lovejoy (1994), The Brittas Empire (1997), Heartbeat (2001) and Holby City (2004).
Facts
Donald once said in an interview that he did not recall ever working on The Keys of Marinus!

Karen Clegg (Sarn)
Karen's only other roles were in Out of Sight (1997) and Casualty (2005). She has also appeared in West End musicals such as Cats and 42nd Street, and now entertains the elderly in residential homes and hospitals by singing music from the 1940s.

Richard Gauntlett (Urak) Born Sep 9 1963
Career highlights
Richard made his debut in Barnum! (1986), and later took roles in Motormouth (1990), Pigsty (1990), The Grand (1998), Shakespeare 4 Kidz (2003) and Dealers (2012). He has also written several episodes of children's series Sooty! (2013), and appeared as Bob Hoskins's stunt double in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).
Facts
Richard performs widely on the stage as an actor, entertainer and comedian, including in musicals and variety shows, and also writes and provides pantomime scripts. He has a particular interest in music hall and silent film. Here he is, on Twitter!

Wanda Ventham (Faroon) Born Aug 5 1935
Doctor Who credits
Played: Jean Rock in The Faceless Ones (1967)
Played: Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl (1977)
Played: Faroon in Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
Wanda is a stalwart of British TV and film, first appearing in 1956's Teenage Bad Girl. Over her long career she popped up in The Navy Lark (1959), Carry On Cleo (1964), Hit and Run (1965), The Likely Lads (1965), The Avengers (1965), Death is a Woman (1966), The Prisoner (1967), Carry On Up the Khyber (1968), The Blood Beast Terror (1968), A Family at War (1970-71), The Troubleshooters (1967-71), Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974), Rutland Weekend Television (1975), Emmerdale Farm (1976), Fallen Hero (1978-79), The Two Ronnies (1980), Union Castle (1982), Don't Wait Up (1987), Executive Stress (1986-87), Capstick's Law (1989), Only Fools and Horses (1989-92, as Rodney's mother-in-law (coincidentally, her husband in this is played by Denis Lill, who she plays against in Image of the Fendahl)), Next of Kin (1995-96), Heartbeat (1996-97), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1998), Coupling (2001), Oscar Charlie (2001-02), Mrs Caldicott's Cabbage War (2002), Lewis (2007), Run for Your Wife (2012), Sherlock (2013, as Sherlock's mum - which she is, of course!), Holby City (2014) and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016). She regularly played Shirley in The Rag Trade (1962-63), Virginia Lake in UFO (1970-73) and Ann Shepherd in The Lotus Eaters (1972-73).
Facts
Wanda's son is actor Benedict Cumberbatch (best known for Sherlock), and her husband actor Timothy Carlton. Wanda is a collector of barn owl memorabilia.

John Segal (Lanisha)
Career highlights
Debuted in People Like Us (1978), followed by Inseminoid (1981), Secret Places (1984), Slaughter High (1986) and The New Statesman (1989).

Peter Tuddenham (Brain voice) Nov 27 1918 to Jul 9 2007
Doctor Who credits
Played: Computer voice in The Ark in Space (1975)
Played: Mandragora Helix Titan voice in The Masque of Mandragora (1976)
Played: Brain voice in Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
Peter's earliest role was in The Granville Melodramas (1955), followed by roles in Musical Playhouse (1959), The Valiant Varneys (1965), Weavers Green (1966), Nearest and Dearest (1968), The Nine Tailors (1974), Quiller (1975), The Expert (1976), Backs to the Land (1977-78), The Onedin Line (1980), Nanny (1981-82), Maelstrom (1985), Only Fools and Horses (1986), Campion (1989), The Camomile Lawn (1992), Waiting for God (1993), One Foot in the Grave (1995) and The Bill (1995). Peter's most famous role was voicing ship computers Zen and Slave, as well as the mobile computer Orac, in 49 episodes of sci-fi series Blake's 7 (1978-81) - and he reprised the role of Orac in 2004 for the Blake's 7 spoof Blake's 7 Junction.
Facts
Prolific voice actor Peter was an authority on the East Anglian dialect, and coached performers in the Suffolk accent for Glyndebourne operas.

Jacki Webb (Voice)
Career highlights
Jacki's other work includes Champion House (1967), The Death Wheelers (1973), The Brothers (1975), The Enigma Files (1980), Angels (1983), Juliet Bravo (1985), Knights of God (1987), Soldier Soldier (1992), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1998) and Heartbeat (1996/2005).

CREW

Pip Baker (writer)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
As part of a highly successful husband and wife writing team, Pip co-wrote for The Pursuers (1961), The Third Alibi (1961), Dilemma (1962), Detective (1968), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Circus (1975), Space: 1999 (1976), Z Cars (1976-77), Watt on Earth (1991-92) and The Last 28 (1999). Pip is also an accomplished playwright and novelist, co-writing Doctor Who novelisations of their TV stories, as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure book entitled Race Against Time (1986), which also featured the Rani. In 2000 Pip and Jane resurrected the Rani once more for the audio drama The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.

Jane Baker (writer) Died Sep 8 2014
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Mark of the Rani (1985), The Trial of a Time Lord (1986), Time and the Rani (1987)
Career highlights
As part of a highly successful husband and wife writing team, Jane co-wrote for The Pursuers (1961), The Third Alibi (1961), Dilemma (1962), Detective (1968), Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969), Circus (1975), Space: 1999 (1976), Z Cars (1976-77), Watt on Earth (1991-92) and The Last 28 (1999). Jane was also an accomplished playwright and novelist, co-writing Doctor Who novelisations of their TV stories, as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure book entitled Race Against Time (1986), which also featured the Rani. In 2000 Jane and Pip resurrected the Rani once more for the audio drama The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.

Andrew Morgan (director) Born 1942
Doctor Who credits
Directed: Time and the Rani (1987), Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)
Career highlights
Andrew's career began as a production assistant on 1974's The Gathering Storm, followed by similar work on The Onedin Line (1976), Wings (1977) and Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977). His first directing job was on The Onedin Line, followed by Sutherland's Law (1975), Everyday Maths (1978-79), Blake's 7 (1980), Triangle (1981), King's Royal (1982-83), Swallows and Amazons Forever! (1984), One By One (1987, which he also produced), Knights of God (1987), Hard Cases (1989), Casualty (1989-90), Rides (1992-93), The Famous Five (1995-96), Children of the New Forest (1998), Urban Gothic (2000), The Worst Witch (1998-2000), Heartbeat (2003-09) and That's English (2011/14).
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew here.

John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure)
Doctor Who credits
Floor assistant: The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Assistant floor manager: The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Production unit manager: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast) (1977-80)
Produced: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, K-9 & Company, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1980-89), plus Dimensions in Time (1993)
Wrote: Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
John started out as an assistant floor manager on Doctor Who, and also worked as a production assistant on programmes such as The Pallisers (1974), Barlow (1975) and How Green Was My Valley (1975-76). He soon graduated to become production unit manager on Doctor Who, as well as on series such as All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Flesh and Blood (1980). After Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, John maintained his links to the series by producing a number of special video releases, such as The Years Tapes which included various single episodes from partly lost 1960s stories, as well as the 1992 release of Shada.
Facts
John's long-time partner was Gary Downie, who acted as production manager on some of the 1980s serials. In the 2013 book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, author Richard Marson alleges that John and partner Gary "preyed" sexually on young male teenage Doctor Who fans. The gay age of consent in the 1980s was 21.

Andrew Cartmel (script editor) Born 1958
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1987-89)
Career highlights
Andrew's other TV work includes script editing Casualty (1990) and Dark Knight (2001), after which he left the industry to work on several computing magazines. He has also written comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine (1990-93) and Judge Dredd Megazine (1995), as well as four Doctor Who novels (1992-2005) and four audios (2000/11).
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter, and here's his film review blog.
In 2016 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Andrew here.

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