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205. Planet of the Rani

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 11/17/18 1:01 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

There's not much of anything in this story that makes it compelling. Narratively it has direct ties to The Rani Elite and Criss-Cross although neither of those stories are required listening to follow along with the plot. Unfortunately, both of those prior releases are much stronger and Planet of the Rani would have done well to lean more heavily on either (or at least take some notes from them). The Rani is not very threatening or particularly clever in her schemes. Mrs. Constance Clark is far more passive here than in her debut and spends a good chunk of the story in the periphery. The Doctor is nonchalant as he meanders through the events without seeming very bothered by massive losses of life, even when presented with implications of his own guilt in the affair. The whole thing goes through the motions despite a fresh setting and rather vivid sounding mechanical cockroaches.

The biggest failing however is that there are discussions about The Doctor and The Rani's time at the Gallifreyan academy yet nothing is explored about their relationship or the lore of either of their pasts. Chalk this up as another missed opportunity to make use of The Rani.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/2/18 12:40 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story has some interesting ideas: The Rani escapes from prison and returns to the planet she'd been ruling only to find it has fallen to pieces, but her experiment is a success (of sorts), but doesn't feel warmly towards her. That's one of many interesting ideas at the heart of this story. That may be part of the story's problem: It has a lot of good ideas, but never really gives enough wait to any of them. Even the Doctor's role in giving the Rani a piece of the puzzle isn't really fully explored.

While most of the characters are not interesting, none are horrible to listen to, the story is just mediocre. While the leads did well, SiobhaRedmond's Rani just wasn't as interesting. Overall, a sadly forgettable tale with a lot of wasted potential.
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Reviewed By: xeryus63Review Date: 10/31/15 4:12 pm
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I have to admit following the excellent 'The Rani Elite' and having just listened to #204 - criss-cross
This seemed a little disappointing , however since I had just listened to #204 , I'll be generous and say I found it mediocre.

It tried to give background and depth to the society on the planet the Rani had come from.
( see TV story 'The Mark of the Rani' for further info, nice have seen but by no means essential)
But I just found the whole thing a bit - meh !

However Siobhan Redmond was probably the highlight, but she just didn't get to have the awesomeness she did in 'The Rani Elite'

Here it was more of there are consequences to your evil schemes , but personally I just couldn't be that bothered.
I was sort of 'so what ?',I wanted more of a Rani vs Doctor battle of wits.
Maybe I'm being a tad harsh - perhaps I'll relisten sometime and be more favourable , but to be honest there's nothing really compelling me to revisit this in a hurry.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/19/15 6:25 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Old No.6 and his new companion Mrs Clarke are together in this their first full Main Range outing. Thrust into what should be a run of the mill prison visit albeit several decades late, to the Teccaurora Penitentiary to visit the one and only Rani, that other Timelord and the bane of the Doctor's life. Except what they discover is that not only are they late for their appointment, the prisoners are being used as Guinea pigs and the Rani has installed herself as the prison governor, it is however a classic smoke and mirrors, for she has been working hard creating for herself a means of escape, and with the arrival of the Timelord, the ability for her to make her escape back to the Miasimia Goria, a tranquil planet for which the Rani herself as been manipulating its future is quiet literally going to bit her in the arse.


This is a good solid main range release with two exceptional and warmly anticipated additions, that of the full introduction of the new companion to the Doctor in a main release, of Constance Clarke (Miranda Raison), what is stand out about this, is that Miranda just plonks herself down into the whole Who universe like she has always been there, big congratulations must be made to Big Finish, this is inspired casting and the character is both instantly injected, and also feels like she has never not been. That for me reeks of knowing your work well. Her part here is both excellently performed and very much welcomed. Then on the other hand we also the dangerously good Siobhan Redmond as the Rani. With the sad death of Kate O'Mara again inspired casting as given us a very high quality, RSA actress who has made the character as sinister and menacing as anything gone before. In fact I would go as far as saying the character as been given a directional overhaul here, and the script allows us to see a much more dramatic and in depth Rani than before, she is more going on, and I hope that she is allowed to develop this in future releases. Colin is excellent, bringing a overall high quality gloss to the whole affair. Highly enjoyable and wonderfully executed. Well worth the wait.