|Dimensions in Time
by John-Nathan Turner
and David Roden
The Rani and her companion, Cyrian, are planning to trap the Doctor's various incarnations in a time loop from which he will never escape. Having already imprisoned his First and Second selves, she hits the TARDIS with an energy beam, deflecting it from its planned course to China, instead causing it to land in Greenwich, London, in 1973. The Seventh Doctor and Ace find themselves in Albert Square, trapped in constantly shifting timeframes - the Doctor phases between his past incarnations, whilst Ace turns into a succession of his past companions. As Ace becomes first Sarah then Liz, The Doctor realises that they are caught in a twenty-year time loop, jumping between 1973, 1993 and 2013. The Rani unleashes a succession of monsters to destroy the time travellers, but one of the locals and Captain Mike Yates of U.N.I.T save them. While the Doctor meets Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the Rani captures 'Romana'. The Doctor pursues her in the TARDIS, travelling to the Greenwich Meridian, where he arrives in time to see 'Leela' emerge from the Rani's TARDIS. She explains that the Rani has a menagerie of clones and a computer with genetic codes and brain-prints of every living creature in the universe. The Doctor is worried, but 'Leela' remembers that she was in the form of 'Romana' when she was cloned. As Cyrian announces that the Rani's computer will achieve full power status in thirty seconds, the Doctor, back in his Seventh persona, and with Ace and K-9, connects equipment to the Meridian and the Rani's TARDIS, attempting to override the Rani's computer and harness the power of the time tunnel to pull her TARDIS in rather than his. Summoning his previous incarnations, the Doctor causes an explosion in the Rani's TARDIS, and it is sucked into the vortex instead. The Seventh Doctor explains to Ace there were two Time-brains in the Rani's computer, and he used this to propel her into the trap she had set for him. His other selves are now free, and the Doctor and Ace leave in the TARDIS.
Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker , Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor); Kate O'Mara (The Rani), Sam West (Cyrian), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Bonnie Langford (Melanie), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman) , Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler) , Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) , Deepak Verma (Sanjay) , Shobu Kapoor (Gita) , Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell) , Pam St Clement (Pat Butcher) , Caroline John (Liz Shaw) , Richard Franklin (Mike Yates) , Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) , Lalla Ward (Romana) , Deborah Watling (Victoria) , Louise Jameson (Leela) , John Leeson (Voice of K-9), Nicola Stapleton (Mandy), Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell) , Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) , Mike Reid (Frank Butcher) , Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), Ron Tarr (Big Ron - Alternate Part 2)
Produced by Verity Lambert
Directed by John Nathan-Turner
Part 1 - 26th November, 1993 @ 8.08pm-8.16pm as part of 'Children in Need'
Part 2 - 27th November, 1993 @ 7.23pm-7.29pm as part of 'Noel's House Party'
*The story was specially made for the BBC's annual Children in Need telethon.
*At the end of part 1, viewers were asked to phone in to decide which of the two EastEnders characters, Mandy or Big Ron, would save the Doctor at the start of the next episode. The Mandy version won, with 56% of the vote
*The story was made to be watched using special polarised filter glasses to give a 3-D effect. Proceeds of the sales of the glasses went to the appeal
*In the 'New Adventures' novel 'First Frontier', the Doctor explains away the events of this mini-story as a nightmare he once had!