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205. Planet of the Rani

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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 3/20/19 11:38 pm
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i did not enjoy this. Sorry folks.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 11/17/18 1:01 am
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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.