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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani

“Time and the Rani” is the first adventure of the twentyfourth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1987. It follows “The Ultimate Foe” and it’s a fourt parts adventure written by Pip and Jane Baker and directed by Andrew Morgan.

The Tardis is attacked by the Rani (Kate O’Mara) and falls to the planet Lakertya. Right after regenerating, the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) is brought to the Rani’s lab while she pretends she’s Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) to take advantage of his post-regeneration confusion. The Doctor’s amnesia is increased by drugs and he doesn’t realize that his enemy is convincing him to help her in one of her criminal plans.

When Mel wakes up in the Tardis and can’t find the Doctor, she goes looking for him but faces a number of dangers. The area is full of traps placed by the Rani and there are the Tetraps, monsters that serve the rogue Time Lady. Mel discovers that Lakertya’s natives have been enslaved by the Rani but some are trying to organize the resistance to take back the control of their planet.

Trace Memory by David Llewellyn

The novel “Trace Memory” by David Llewellyn was published for the first time in 2008.

In 1953, the explosion of a box sent to Torchwood Cardiff before it reached its destination kills the people who were handling it except a boy named Michael Bellini. 55 years after an alarm is tringgered in the hub and when Captain Jack Harkness and the members of his team in service search for its cause and find out Michael Bellini’s presence. The boy is confused and doesn’t know what happened to him after the 1953 events.

To find out if a temporal anomaly carried Michael Bellini through time, the boy is questioned to get at least some useful information to begin the investigation. Soon the situation becomes stranger because the Captain and his team members realize they’ve met Michael in the past and Jack knows him better than anyone else. Who are the mysterious men in bowler hats who seem to be chasing him and what do they want from him?

The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole

The novel “The Feast of the Drowned” by Stephen Cole was published for the first time in 2006.

A British Navy ship sank under mysterious circumstances in the North Sea and all its crew members died. Rose Tyler goes to find her old friend Keisha, whose brother Jay was part of the ship’s crew. The Tenth Doctor accompanies her and becomes curious about that strange event.

After the Doctor goes to get something to eat, Jay appears to Keisha and Rose and asks her sister to reach her before disappearing. Meanwhile, the Doctor finds out that an abnormal number of people are suffering from fainting and when told about the strange appearance decides to ask Mickey to do some research. The next stage of the investigation is on the banks of the river Thames where the wreckage of the sunken ship was carried.

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor (Image courtesy BBC)

The BBC broadcast a promo announcing that Jodie Whittaker will play the Thirteenth Doctor. The actress succeeds Peter Capaldi and will officially take his place at driving the Tardis in the special episode that will be broadcast on Christmas Day 2017.

Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos

“Vengeance on Varos” is an adventure of the twentysecond season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1985. It follows “Attack of the Cybermen” and it’s a two parts adventure written by Philip Martin and directed by Ron Jones.

The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is trying to repair the Tardis, which halted in deep space. He realizes that it needs Zeiton-7, a very rare mineral found only on the planet Varos. Using an emergency patch, the Doctor manages to move the Tardis to carry Peri (Nicola Bryant) to Varos and proceed with a proper repair.

The planet Varos used to host a prison that over time turned into a strange democracy. The Governor’s proposals go under a mandatory vote for all citizens and television programs are about torture and executions. Zeiton-7 is purchased by the Galatron Mining Corporation and its representative Sil thinks that the Doctor has come to conclude a new deal for another mining company.