Jane Baker

Doctor Who: The Mark of the Rani
  • Doctor Who: The Mark of the Rani

  • Nicola Bryant reads this classic novelisation of a Sixth Doctor TV adventure.

    En route to Kew Gardens, the Doctor and Peri arrive in Northern England at the time of the Luddite uprisings. Unknown to them, the TARDIS has been dragged of course by the Master, who plans to pervert the course of history and destroy his arch enemy once and for all. But also present is the Rani, another exile from Gallifrey, who is conducting her own evil experiments on the humans of the 19th Century. Soon the Doctor discovers that the female of the species is far, far deadlier than the male . . .

Philip "Pip" and Jane Baker were a husband and wife writing team who wrote four Doctor Who television stories. They were best known for creating the character of the Rani. They also collaborated on the Target novelisations for their TV stories; Jane Baker became one of only four women to be credited with writing (or co-writing) Doctor Who novelisations and the only one to be involved in more than one book of this type. There is suggestion that they were to have written a story called Gallifrey for the cancelled Season 23 of Doctor Who featuring Colin Baker or the season that was to have followed it (still starring Colin Baker). This was prior to Doctor Who's hiatus. Very little solid information exists for this story and it is considered a hoax in some sources. Jane Baker died on 8 September 2014, survived by Pip.

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