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Authors: Pip Baker,Jane Baker

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Doctor Who: Time and the Rani

 

 

Assailed by violent bolts of multicoloured energy,

the TARDIS is blasted off-course and forced

to land on the barren planet of Lakertya.

The turbulence brings about the Doctor’s sixth

regeneration. But that is the least of his worries.

He has been hijacked by that ruthless renegade

Time Lady, the Rani

Why has the Rani brought the Doctor to Lakertya?

What are the hideous Tetrap guards?

Who are the evil geniuses she has imprisoned in her

stronghold? What is the vital significance

of the asteroid of Strange Matter? And can the

Doctor stop the Rani’s diabolical scheme before

it affects the whole creation throughout

time and space?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCTOR WHO

TIME AND THE RANI

 

 

based on the BBC television series by Pip and Jane Baker by

arrangement with BBC Books, a division of BBC Enterprises Ltd PIP AND JANE BAKER

 

Number 127 in the

Doctor Who Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A TARGET BOOK

Published by

the Paperback Division of

W. H. Allen & Co. PLC

 

 

A Target Book

Published in 1988

By the Paperback Division of

W.H. Allen & Co. PLC

44 Hill Street, London W1X 8LB

 

First Published in Great Britain by

W.H. Allen & Co. PLC 1987

Novelisation copyright © Pip and Jane Baker 1987

Original Script copyright © Pip and Jane Baker 1987

‘Doctor Who’ series copyright © British Broadcasting Corporation 1987

The BBC Producer of
Time and the Rani
was John Nathan Turner, the director was Andrew Morgan

The role of the Doctor was played by Sylvester McCoy

Printed and bound in Great Britain by

Anchor Brendon Ltd, Tiptree, Essex

 

ISBN 0 426 20232 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book is sold subject to the condition that

it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise,

be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated

without the publisher's prior consent in any

form of binding or cover other than that

in which it is published and without a similar

condition including this condition being imposed

on the subsequent purchaser.

 

CONTENTS

1. Regeneration

2. The New Doctor

3. Death is Sprung

4. Identity Crisis

5. Collaborators All

6. On With The Fray

7. Haute Couture

8. Vision of Greatness

9. Face to Face

10. A Kangaroo Never Forgets

11. When Strangers Meet

12. ‘You Know, Don’t You?’

13. Rendezvous With A Tetrap

14. The Centre of Leisure

15. Exchange Is A Robbery

16. The Twelfth Genius

17. Selective Retribution

18. Too Many Cooks

19. Star Struck!

20. Holy Grail

21. A Dangerous Break

22. Countdown

23. Goodbye Lakertya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Regeneration

 

'Fifty-two . . . fifty-three . . . fifty-'

'Stop skipping, Mel!'

'Doctor, just because you don't object to being overweight is no reason why I should

-'

'Don't argue! Stop!'

Contritely, Mel obeyed: an unusual occurrence. This young companion had a mind of her own, and keeping fit was a dedicated ritual. But there was urgency in the Doctor's tone and a troubled frown on his chubby countenance.

'What is it?'

'I don't know.' He ruffled his mop of fair curls as he studied the console. 'The slide control for setting time and space coordinates seems to be stuck!'

Mel, joining him, squinted above the slide control to the read-out displays for stabilising planes. 'This isn't operational either.'

'Take a look at the computer read-out screen.'

'Blank! I'll run a check on the circuit.' On Earth Mel had worked as a computer analyst before becoming the Doctor's companion. But expert or not, she could get no response from the computer read-out.

His patchwork coat-tail flying, the Doctor dashed round the hexagonal console to the Hostile Action Displacement System which he had neglected to set.

Too late!

The TARDIS bucked, throwing him to the floor and sending the unanchored Mel slithering across the control room.

'What's happening, Doctor! What's happening?'

 

Against a blackcloth of infinite ebony, the TARDIS was being bombarded.

Bolts of multicoloured energy, a fragmented rainbow, strafed the navy-blue police box, tossing it hither and thither. An inharmonious cacophony of sound underscored each salvo.

 

 

Mel's slim frame was pitched from the wall to the console. The Doctor, frantically trying to get to his feet, was cast down again by the sickening, unpredictable lurches.

Worse was to come. The whole interior of the TARDIS began undulating and distorting.

Assaulted by the dissonant bedlam, propelled violently from side to side by the giddy oscillations, Mel collapsed near her overturned exercise bike shortly before the Doctor spun reeling, head first, into the plinth of the console.

Both remained unmoving as, almost indiscernible through the jarring discord of sound, the materialisation bellow began.

The TARDIS had been forced into a landing.

But where?

And by whom?

Someone had obviously overridden the TARDIS's sophisticated mechanism and abducted it. For wherever the Doctor had intended visiting, it was certainly not this barren planet.

 

Barren, indeed, was an appropriate description of Lakertya. Treeless, boulder-strewn, ridged by grassless stratified granite cliffs, it was as colourless and uninviting as the undistinguished concrete blocks of high-rise flats proliferating in some cities on Mel's twentieth-century Earth. The human architects there tried to relieve that soulless vista with propitiously-planted flowering shrubs and garden beds. The Lakertyan landscape nurtured no flowers. At least, not in the rocky terrain on which the TARDIS had fetched up.

There was colour, though, on this grey planet.

The golden profile of a Lakertyan was etched against the skyline. Attracted by the disjointed racket, Ikona, crouched on a cliff edge, was staring at the strange box materialising in the valley below. Mother-of-pearl scales impinged upon his almost perfect features, which were also complemented by a mane of spiky, golden hair.

Although his tall figure, cloaked in a saffron yellow tabard, was predominantly humanoid, there was a hint that Lakertyans had a serpentine ancestry at some stage in their evolution. There was a hint, too, of the remnant of a lizardlike tail, hidden beneath the peach cape hanging from his broad shoulders.

Obviously intrigued by the noisy arrival of this phenomenon, Ikona nevertheless maintained a watching brief.

 

 

Inside the TARDIS, all was still: the sole sound now was the regular breathing of the two unconscious travellers.

Mel, at full stretch, lay against the wall. The Doctor, lying on his front, was partly concealed by the console. Only his yellow and black striped trousers, flamboyant coat and familiar spats and sneakers were in evidence.

The outside door opened.

Poised on the threshold, clutching what appeared to be a futuristic harpoon gun, was a vision in scarlet.

Tight trews hugged svelte hips before tapering into knee-length boots. A shimmering brocade jacket, its stiff-edged epaulettes trimmed with gold, was belted into a slender waist before flaring into a peplum. Long brunette tresses framed a beautifully sculptured face.

This was the Rani.

The Time Lady who had crossed swords with the Doctor in the past. A renegade whom the Doctor considered to be more brilliant than himself: a compliment he was reluctant to pay since the Rani's brilliance was devoted to the pursuit of scientific knowledge regardless of its repercussions upon man or beast, or any other species she encountered in the Universe.

Arrogantly, the Rani strode to the Doctor's comatose form.

'Leave the girl!' she muttered. From the corner of her eye she had seen a hair-sheathed, scrawny, oily limb extending towards Mel.

The three-taloned paw was snatched away as the recipient of the order glanced at the Rani. But the Rani was only part of the picture the creature saw. It also saw the door behind and the walls at both sides: a quartered, three hundred and sixty degree aspect of the control room was presented simultaneously.

'It's the man I want!' continued the Rani.

The quadview merged into one aspect concentrating on the Doctor.

'Take him to my laboratory,' came the final instruction before she departed.

The prehensile claw reaching forward had a downy membrane connecting each bony digit from below the knuckle joint, leaving the upper portion of two fingers and a thumb free.

It tugged roughly at the Time Lord's shoulder, rolling him onto his back so that he was face up.

 

Face up?

But these were not the rotund features of the Doctor. This face was small and delicately pointed. And the clothes! They were the Doctor's certainly, and his multicoloured furled umbrella hung over his shoulders. Yet the erstwhile tightly-buttoned plaid waistcoat hung in folds, the spotted cravat sagged about a thin neck with its bow drooping over a narrow chest, and the sleeves of the exotic coat now flopped beyond the ends of his short arms.

Could this be the endearing sixth Time Lord?

The Rani had no doubt. A single look was all the confirmation she needed. And she would not be mistaken.

In fact, there was no mistake.

This was, indeed, the Doctor. Regeneration had been triggered by the tumultuous buffeting.

In consequence, the seventh Doctor was now in the clutches of the Rani and her obscene collaborator . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

The New Doctor

 

'Leave the girl!' the Rani had said, intending to deal with Mel later.

A shadow fell across the still unmoving Mel. Was she now to be cradled in those crooked, downy arms?

But the hand that reached towards her could have been human except for the fact that the skin was golden with mother-of-pearl scales which encroached upon the wrist that poked from a saffron yellow sleeve.

Ikona squatted beside the extra-terrestrial visitor. Grimacing with repugnance, he pinched her flushed cheek and tugged her curly red hair. A low hiss of displeasure accompanied each touch.

Then, abruptly rubbing his palms on his tabard as though to wipe away the revulsion he felt from the contact, Ikona snatched up the unconscious Mel, brusquely hoisted her over his shoulder, and padded from the control room.

 

Eyes closed, the prostrate Doctor reclined on a workbench.

Grouped symmetrically about the bench, as if at the points of the compass, were four small pyramids, each the height of the Doctor's TARDIS.

The pyramid in the north corner was a crystal tank containing a fermenting 'soup' of a speckled magenta and grey glutinous liquid. The east and west pyramids housed megabyte computers whose gauges and digital logs were inert.

However, the most intriguing pyramid of the quartet sat at the south corner: it bore a gaping, charred hole that was evidence of an internal explosion.

Had they been functioning, the triangular machines would have been processing and then feeding the magenta, glutinous goo through the rear wall, the curvature of which indicated it was a section of a spherical chamber.

The Doctor was aware of none of this. Consciousness had not yet returned.

Nor was the Rani in the lab with him.

She was in an adjacent, sombre arcade which was crudely hewn into the subterranean rock of a gully that housed the complete laboratory suite.

The narrow, claustrophobic arcade was lined with offset cabinets let into the thick walls. Through the glass fronts of the reclining sarcophagi it was possible to discern that ten of them were occupied. Two were not. And the Rani was concentrating on one of these.

'Get him inside. Quickly!'

She was addressing two Lakertyans. Sarn, a young female, nervously exhibited trepidation. Beyus, a tall, regal, older male, showed only disapproval at the task allotted them. For the 'him' they were incarcerating in the cabinet was a man from Earth: a genius from the twentieth century whose shock of hair and bushy moustache would render him immediately recognisable to any student of science.

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