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Doctor Who – The Mark of the Rani
Series: Doctor Who-
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 107
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companions: Peri
Enemy: the Rani
Setting: Killingworth , Earth , 1800s
Author: Pip and Jane Baker
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co
Publication: January 1986 (hardcover)
June 1986 (paperback)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 135 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20232-5
Previous Story: Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos
Following Story: Doctor Who – The Two Doctors



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial (DW): The Mark of the Rani which was shown from 2nd February 1985 and written by Pip and Jane Baker
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Andrew Skilleter. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb

En route to Kew Gardens, the Doctor and Peri are more than a little surprised when they land in the middle of a slag heap in England at the time of the Luddite uprisings.
Unknown to the Doctor, his TARDIS has been dragged off course by the Master who plans to destroy his arch enemy once and for all, and pervert the course of history.
But also present is the Rani, another exile from Gallifrey, who is conducting her own evil experiments on the humans of the nineteenth century. Soon the Doctor discovers that the female of the species is far, far deadlier than the male…


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Deviations from the Televised Story

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Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • Because of the reasons relating to the use of the likeness of certain actors on covers without their permission, approval and renumeration, actress Kate O'Mara character the Rani was illustrated on the cover as a generic “old crone”.
  • Cover artist Andrew Skilleter was unhappy about not being able to use Kate O'Mara’s likeness on the cover, (a cover which although unused was the one he received the largest payment for).
  • This was Andrew Skilleter’s last cover commisioned for Target Books which suffered a delay in its delivery time as a result of his increased workload having recently set up a his new company, Who Dares Publishing. He went on to provide new cover artwork for the BBC video releases, which were also used on the late reprinted Target books.
  • Jane Baker becomes only the second woman to be credited with authoring (or in this case, co-authoring) an official Doctor Who novel. She is the only female writer to be involved in more than one novelisation.
  • Although numbered #107 in the Doctor Who library the book was actually the 106th to be released; this was because Vengeance on Varos was delayed by over two years and its number #106 was not reassigned. All the books from numbers 107 until 128 are thus one number out from publication order.

Associated Images

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Publishing History (UK)

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First Publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback


International Editions

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External Sources


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