The Rani, the morally dubious female Time Lord played by Kate O’Mara in the 1980s, is to make her first appearance with Big Finish in Doctor Who: The Rani Elite, out in December.
In her latest body the Rani is played by Siobhan Redmond, whose many leading television credits include Between the Lines, The High Life, The Smoking Room, Taggart and Holby City.
But this wasn’t always to be the case. “The Rani’s return was very much prompted by Kate,” says producer David Richardson. “Her agent contacted me and said that she would love to reprise the role with us, and when I mentioned this to executive producer Nicholas Briggs and script editor Alan Barnes they leapt at the opportunity.
After the sad passing of Kate the fate of the story was uncertain, until Kate’s agent contact Big Finish with the news that Kate had wanted them to proceed with a new incarnation of the character.