Doctor Who: Mark of the RaniClosed Captioning
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Drawn off-course en route for Kew Gardens, the TARDIS materialises in the mining village of Killingworth in the early 19th Century. Why are peaceful men restoring to mindless violence, and why is the master intent on sabotaging the Industrial Revolution? Can the Doctor save mankind from two enemies from his past...?
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoMark of the Rani, Episode 1||England, the 1820s. As the Industrial Revolution gathers pace, the village of Killingworth is disturbed by crazed miners intent on smashing all machinery and engineers. But is there another cause of the situation?||45:03||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoMark of the Rani, Episode 2||The Doctor fights to stop the Master from changing history. But with the Rani on his side, the Master may be impossible to beat…||44:42||$1.99||View in iTunes|
Colin IS a good Doctor.
Colin portrayed a more alien Doctor-- with a harsher tetchiness, like the First Doctor, and eccentricity like Tom Baker. The Doctor is alien so every regeneration is going to be different. Trial of a Timee Lord, you will see a much more relaxed 6th Doctor who gets along very well with his companions. But do not blame Colin for the early rudeness of his Doctor--it was how the producer wanted him to be, and the writers had to follow along with it. Do not leave Colin out in putting episodes out. The man has been voted best Doctor on Dr Who audios very recently, so that goes to show you, the 6th Doctor is not so bad when given a chance. Mark of the Rani is quite good-- with the Rani (Kate O Mara) and The Master Anthony Ainley. but you may question the dress Peri is wearing. It looks as though she's on her way to do some clog-dancing. But the story is quite good, and a bit silly, but it is better then Twin Dilemma--Colin's first episode as the 6th Doctor. And as his seasons go on, his Doctor tones down.
Not as good as earlier and later seasons
Maybe it's just the material, but Mark of the Rani was my first exposure to Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor, and I've taken an immediate dislike to his era. The Sixth Doctor comes off as, to put it bluntly, an egotistical screaming jackass (taking Peri to task in harsh terms for the slightest "even the dimmest Time Lord knows THAT..." mistake), and the script is very anvilicious in preaching a particular viewpoint (was that jab against eating meat, for instance, REALLY necessary to the plot?). Peri seems to be as useful as Venetian blinds on a lighthouse: basically her job seems to be to sit back and take the Doctor's less-than-justified abuse -- Sarah Jane or Liz or Ace would have drop-kicked his sorry rear eons ago -- and to be a well-endowed piece of fanservice eye candy for the audience. Some people might like the Sixth Doctor (perhaps the same people who enjoy root canals), but personally, I hope that iTunes focuses more on the Pertwee (especially the Pertwee), Tom Baker, Davison and McCoy years.
Colin Baker is the Doctor
Mark of the Rani was a fun adventure set in Earth's history. Historical figures, the Master, the Rani, and Peri are just some reasons to watch. The music and atmosphere in this story keeps the viewer interested in the outcome, and the primary actors are excellent. One drawback would be the thinking trees, however on the whole this story was one of my favorites from the Colin Baker era. Colin Baker is an underrated Doctor who may actually be enjoyed by most. His clothes could have used a slight color alteration (i.e. all blue shades), however his Doctor never faltered in the face of justice.