Well, it’s another sad day in the Doctor Who world. Having just lost Derek Martinus a few days ago, I was stunned to come home to the news that Kate O’Mara had passed away. Yes, she was 74, but there was something so feisty, so vital about her that it just seems impossible that she is gone.
So what do you remember O’Mara for? It probably depends on your age. I was too young in the 80’s to watch Dynasty, and so I had no exposure to her until popping Time and the Rani into my dvd player a few years back. Maybe you remember her from Triangle, The Brothers or Howard’s Way? Did you know she did a couple episodes of Z-Cars? Or that she did one of Adam Adamant Lives?
But for me and many like me, she will always be the Rani. Forever immortalized as that character who was 10% evil, 40% cold calculation and 50% sass. We only got 6 short episodes to enjoy (and some don’t even fancy those ones) and yet she will stand tall in Classic Doctor Who history nonetheless.
Various media outlets are reporting the the passing of Kate O’Mara
She was best known for her part in the US program Dynasty. She of course is know to classic fans for her two appearances as the Rani with 6th Doctor Colin Baker
She was by all accounts a wonderful woman.
Derek Martinus has already gone down in Doctor Who history as one of the most important directors the series has ever had. Just take a look at his selected resume . The Tenth Planet, The Evil Of The Daleks and Spearhead From Space. Those are some supremely impressive stories. He was in on Hartnell’s last story, directing the first ever regeneration, and then worked the other side of the situation, helming Pertwee’s debut. That feat made him the first Doctor Who director to use colour. And in between? Evil, arguably one of the greatest Dalek stories of all time and The Ice Warriors. Galaxy 4 was his only other Doctor Who contribution, but even that long neglected story has gained some more fame and appreciation over the past couple years with the return of Episode 3, Air Lock.
Though we will remember him for his contributions to Doctor Who, he did plenty of other shows including Z-Cars and Blake 7, directing until he retired in 1985. He passed away today at the age of 82. We send our condolences to his family.
By now just about everyone has seen the Lego CUUSOO Doctor Who submission that has managed the 10,000 supporters needed to make it on to the second stage. But there are plenty more great submissions out there. Fan of the new series? Well there’s a cool Tennant tardis set that can use your help. For us fans of the classic show there are less to chose from. Here is my personal favourite, from CreatorBen we get a 4th Doctor set with a classic tardis interior (roundels!), K-9, Davros and Dalek. Unfortunately it is a long way from where it needs to be. A long, long way. So, let’s help out an underdog here, pop on over and give it some support. If only for the roundels. If anyone out there has any Troughton submissions, I would love to see and support them!