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)
©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.
The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, chats about regeneration, Paul McGann’s mini-episode The Night of the Doctor, why Sylvester McCoy and all the newer doctors are all imposters, Doctor Who fans and why he would like to return to Doctor Who.
As part of UKTV’s ongoing presentation of the BBC America produced specials for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the 30 minute The Doctors Revisited programmes on the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors will be aired in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday 25 August. The four specials, played as a two hour block, will screen at 4:25 p.m. in Australia and 4:40 p.m. in New Zealand. The Eighth Doctor special will in effect be a World Premiere as it will not be shown in the US until 31 August.
Much to the chagrin of British fans of Doctor Who, the BBC has yet to air The Doctors Revisited specials in the UK. Exactly why American and antipodean fans can view them, and not the British, has not been addressed by the BBC. The exclusive preview of the 50th Anniversary trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con in July left a similar bad taste in the mouths of British fans. To date the trailer has not aired in the UK and British fans are understandably disturbed that a select few American fans should be the only people who have seen it.
The 50th Anniversary Trailer has yet to be aired in the UK
In anticipation of the screening of The Doctors Revisited specials tomorrow, check out the trailers for them which were originally broadcast on BBC America.
The Doctors Revisited – Peter Davison
The Doctors Revisited – Colin Baker
The Doctors Revisited – Sylvester McCoy
The Doctors Revisited – Paul McGann
The BBC has announced a stellar line-up for Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor which will be simulcast on ABC1 at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow (Monday) morning. Here are the details as posted on the BBC website:
Anyone shouting, ‘Is there a Doctor in the house?’ during tonight’s Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor won’t be disappointed…
Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) will be there in person and Matt Smith (the current Doctor) and Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) will also be contributing.
The marvellous Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) will be there in person and there’ll be contributions from former companions including Anneke Wills (Polly), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Janet Fielding (Tegan) and Bonnie Langford (Mel). Writer and actor Mark Gatiss also features in the show by way of a specially recorded video.
Celebrity fans in the studio include Rufus Hound, Liza Tarbuck and from Outnumbered, Daniel Roche. There’ll also be video contributions from Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Bruno Tonioli and following his appearance in The Power of Three, Professor Brian Cox.
And, of course, the next Doctor will be there…
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor is hosted by Zoe Ball and begins on BBC One tonight at 7pm.