The Doctor Who Mind Robber is saddened to learn of the death of actress Kate O’Mara who was best known to fans of Doctor Who as the renegade Time Lady, the Rani. O’Mara appeared as an adversary of the Sixth Doctor in The Mark of the Rani (1985) and with the Seventh Doctor in Time and the Rani (1987). O’Mara also starred as the Rani in the 30th Anniversary charity cross over between Doctor Who and The East Enders, Dimensions of Time, in 1993. On that occasion she appeared alongside the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors.
Kate O’Mara was most well known for her role as Joan Collins’ sister Alexis Colby in the US soap, Dynasty. You can read more about O’Mara’s career in a BBC news article here. The first video below is one of O’Mara’s last interviews. Recorded on 22 November 2013, O’Mara discusses her role as the Rani in Doctor Who.
The Mark of the Rani (1985)
Time and the Rani (1987)
Dimensions in Time (1993)
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A real treat for all Doctor Who fans as Doctor number 5, Peter Davison, arrives via TARDIS and reveals new secrets about his time on the long-running show. During the interview, he also reveals a fascinating fact about the 50th anniversary special that will delight many fans of the classic series.
Studio 10 | 8:30am on TEN
A number of fans have uploaded videos to YouTube of last Saturday’s Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Brisbane. Most prolific of the posters has been Vanessa Aisha M who blogs on Tumblr. Relive the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Chorale’s spectacular performance below. You can read the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s review here.
In the lead up to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this Saturday the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, appeared on radio station 4BC’s Breakfast Programme. Davison is the host of the event which features the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Doctor Who’s composer, Murray Gold. Clips from both the current and classic series of Who will be presented on a big screen, whilst Daleks, Cybermen and assorted monsters will meander through the crowd.
You can listen to Davison’s enlightening interview here and view the promotional video for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular below. Tickets for the event on Saturday 8 February at 7.30 p.m. are available through Ticketek.
©Vivien Fleming, 2014.
In an EXCLUSIVE video we capture the moment when a select group of Time Lords come together to mark 50 years of Doctor Who. Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith, all in the same space and time.
On 17 November the Doctor Who Mind Robber reported on the mystery of the @dayoftheFishDr hashtag. With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who has come the resolution of the case and the release of The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Written and directed by the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, the 30 minute faux reality piece chronicles the endeavours of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors to appear in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. The Fourth Doctor appears in a cameo voice over and the Eighth Doctor briefly indicates his support for the cause.
Although a trailer has been uploaded to YouTube, the feature (which is available on the BBC One Red Button service) can only be accessed by those outside of the UK at the BBC’s Doctor Who website. You can access The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot here.
In a report just published in the “Weird News” section of The Huffington Post, journalist Aaron Sagers has claimed that Tom Baker will return in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. In an exclusive interview with Huff Post, Baker said, “I am in the special, I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway.”
When asked for a response a BBC Spokesperson stated, “As with William Hartnell’s recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain.”
You can read Sager’s article and interview with Tom Baker here.
Meanwhile Tom Baker, together with a number of other Doctor Who alumni appeared at 50th Anniversary gathering at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Baker is pictured below with the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison.
On 26 July The Doctor Who Mind Robber reported an article in the UK’s Sun newspaper in which an international simulcast of the 50th Anniversary Special was mooted. Yesterday, more than two months after the Sun’s report, the BBC officially announced that at least 75 countries have agreed to broadcast The Day of the Doctor on 23 November.
Tim Davie, the chief executive of BBC Worldwide said, “the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our time lord”. The special is due to screen in 200 cinemas across the United Kingdom. Steven Moffat was then quoted as saying, “The Doctor has always been a time traveller. Now he’s travelling through time zones”.
Steven Moffat, Executive Producer of Doctor Who
Together with the Eleventh Doctor and his current companion, the 75 minute special will also feature the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, and the first companion of new series Doctor Who, Billie Piper. A hitherto unknown incarnation of the Doctor, played by John Hurt, will also appear. It has been widely rumoured that Hurt’s Doctor will be number 8.5, being an incarnation between Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor and Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. There has been no further information forthcoming on a comment by the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, several weeks ago. Davison was reported as having said that ”I’m making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what. I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.”
The ABC yesterday confirmed that The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast live throughout Australia.