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The Rani Elite was the 194th story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was the first audio story by Big Finish to feature the Rani, and featured the debut of a new incarnation played by Siobhan Redmond.

Publisher's summary Edit

The TARDIS arrives in the CAGE – not a trap, but the College of Advanced Galactic Education, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in colonised space.

Not a trap. Or is it?

The Doctor's here to receive an honourary degree in Moral Philosophy. But there's something rotten at the heart of the Medical Facility. Someone is operating on the students. Someone without a conscience. Someone with access to a Sidelian Brain Scanner – a technology that hasn't been invented yet.

That someone is the ruthless Time Lord scientist known as the Rani – in her new incarnation. But will the Doctor and Peri recognise the Rani's hand before her trap is sprung?

Part one audio Edit

Plot Edit

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Cast Edit

References Edit

  • The Rani was expecting to meet the Doctor's seventh incarnation, not the sixth. She describes the Seventh Doctor as "the little fellow with the hat and the umbrella".
  • The Doctor mentions the Deca, including Drax, Mortimus and Vansell, and calls the Rani "Ushas".
  • Peri is awarded an honourary degree in botany.
  • The Rani says the Doctor only graduated the Academy with a double gamma.
  • The Doctor says education used to be galactically funded, but it is now down to students to "scrimp and save."
  • The Rani discusses chaos theory.

Notes Edit

New rani

Promotional photo of the Rani

  • Part 1 of The Rani Elite was available as a free download before the release.
  • Big Finish had been discussing the return of the Rani to audio and Kate O'Mara had agreed to return to the role before her death in 2014. In spite of her passing, she had given her blessing that Big Finish could continue, with a new actress in the role. [1]
  • This is the first appearance of the Rani in an audio story by Big Finish. Her overall first audio appearance was in the BBV Productions story The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind.
  • During her photoshoot as the Rani, Siobhan Redmond was brandishing a potato peeler as a hand prop. The device was enhanced in Photoshop to create the final illustration used on the cover of this story.[2]
  • Subscribers whose subscriptions included this story also received the audio short story A Home From Home.
  • Many elements of this story were apparently inspired by the cancelled Rani story: Network.

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Footnotes Edit

  1. "Big Finish Productions" (26 June 2014). Doctor Who: The New Rani. Big Finish News. Retrieved on 18 December 2014.
  2. VOR 70

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