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article imageKate O’Mara ready to return to Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 7, 2013 in Entertainment
The British actor, Kate O’Mara, has indicated her desire to return to “Doctor Who”, in the role that she created almost 30 years ago.
Speaking ahead of the launch of her one-woman show, she said, “I would love to come back [to Doctor Who].”
O’Mara is well known to Doctor Who fans for playing the Rani, a villain who first appeared with the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) in 1985.
The Rani is, like the Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. She first crossed sonic screwdrivers with him in The Mark of the Rani, a four-part story that saw her join forces with the Doctor’s arch-nemesis, the Master – himself a Time Lord.
Two years later, in 1987, she returned to do battle with the Doctor – in another four-parter, Time and the Rani – and, on this occasion, her actions actually caused the Sixth Doctor to regenerate into the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) at the very beginning of the first episode.
Her final TV appearance as the Rani was in the 30th-anniversary two-part mini-adventure, Dimensions in Time.
As is the Doctor’s habit – but not the Master’s – it seems that the Rani prefers to travel with companions in tow: in Time and the Rani, it was the Tetrap, Urak (Richard Gauntlett); whereas, in Dimensions in Time it was Cyrian, played at the time by an up-and-coming young actor, Samuel West, the son of acting parents, Timothy West (Brass) and Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers).
As reported by Digital Spy, O’Mara said of the prospect of a return to Doctor Who, “I have white hair now, but a lot of it, and I’m still very glamorous and so I won’t disappoint, I hope!” In the sci-fi series, her character was a very glamorous villain; one of her most famous lines (when referring to the Doctor and his female companion) being, “Leave the girl, it’s the man I want!”
“I’ll still be wearing the tight leather trousers and high-heel boots, regardless of what age!” she said. “That's what the fans are expecting, so that's what you've got to give them.”
Before Doctor Who, O’Mara was well known to British audiences for playing Jane Maxwell, in The Brothers, a 1970s drama series that also starred Colin Baker as the villainous Paul Merroney.
Her parts since have included as Caress Carrington – sister to Joan Collins’s Alexis Carrington – in the 1980s American uber-soap, Dynasty, Katherine Laker in the BBC soap opera, Triangle, Lady Alice Fox in the mid-2000s revival of Crossroads, Jackie Lawrence in Family Affairs and Barbara Simmonds in Benidorm.
Kate O’Mara can be seen in her one-woman show, An Evening With Kate O’Mara later this month – on Saturday, October 19, at 7 p.m., at London’s Misty Moon Gallery, Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS.
She is also one of the guests at the long-awaited convention, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, which will be held at London’s ExCel centre this November.
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