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Old March 30 2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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RIP Kate O'Mara (aka The Rani)

Didn't think very highly of her campy character, but Kate O'Mara has passed away today after a short illness. While not as tragically youngish as Liz Sladen and Mary Tamm, 74 still seems unlucky (maybe her son's recent suicide had an affect).
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Old March 30 2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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RIP.
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Old March 30 2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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Re: RIP Kate O'Mara (aka The Rani)

Saw this earlier, it's a shame we didn't get a cameo off her in the new series. Was she in any of the Big Finish Audio's?
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Old March 30 2014, 09:18 PM   #4
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Re: RIP Kate O'Mara (aka The Rani)

Saw this all over Facebook earlier. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Kate.

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Saw this earlier, it's a shame we didn't get a cameo off her in the new series. Was she in any of the Big Finish Audio's?
Sadly, no. Fans, myself included, had been hoping she would return, and, in fact, Kate herself wanted to reprise the role. I don't know why it never happened, but a persistent rumor was that Big Finish wanted Pip and Jane Baker to write the story (because they created the character) and I guess they didn't want to do it. I don't know if there's any truth behind that.
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Old March 30 2014, 10:37 PM   #5
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Saw this all over Facebook earlier. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Kate.

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Saw this earlier, it's a shame we didn't get a cameo off her in the new series. Was she in any of the Big Finish Audio's?
Sadly, no. Fans, myself included, had been hoping she would return, and, in fact, Kate herself wanted to reprise the role. I don't know why it never happened, but a persistent rumor was that Big Finish wanted Pip and Jane Baker to write the story (because they created the character) and I guess they didn't want to do it. I don't know if there's any truth behind that.
I think that it's the other way round: they own the character, so they have to approve anyone else writing her.
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Old March 30 2014, 11:42 PM   #6
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Re: RIP Kate O'Mara (aka The Rani)

I really enjoyed The Rani in her first appearance, in Mark of The Rani. I enjoy the Serial as a whole, not just her character.

Time and The Rani and Dimensions in Time are pretty bad as episodes (Especially two Mels <EEEK> in Time and The Rani), but, overall, I don't mind her character and would've loved to see her again with a much better script.

I also enjoyed Kate O'Mara in Dynasty and AbFab

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Old March 31 2014, 12:12 AM   #7
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Definitely a sad loss. RIP
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Old March 31 2014, 12:17 AM   #8
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Definitely a sad loss. RIP
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Old March 31 2014, 01:30 AM   #9
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Yeah, I thought she was an interesting character with a lot of potential. Just sadly wasted on some pretty weak stories.
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Old March 31 2014, 01:32 AM   #10
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RIP Ushas.
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Old March 31 2014, 07:54 PM   #11
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poor lady. she was a cool character..campy with the 7th doctor, but cool with the 6th. we need a regen ver in the new series..
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Old March 31 2014, 08:31 PM   #12
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Re: RIP Kate O'Mara (aka The Rani)

I'm saddened to hear this. Practically got palpitations from seeing her in Dynasty way back when.
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Old March 31 2014, 11:46 PM   #13
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Re: RIP Kate O'Mara (aka The Rani)

The trouble with a fifty year old sci-fi series virtually everybody from long before the mid to late 1980s has either getting too old to do anything, been long dead or dying way too early.

There's no genuinely good age to die - dying in your 50s and 60s is still way too early and very sad, dying in your 70s (like Kate) is badly timed and disappointing, most people seem to be dead by around 85, and Christopher Lee keeps on trucking.
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Old April 1 2014, 01:16 AM   #14
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As a side note, I'd forgotten that her first husband was Jeremy Young (Kal in An Unearthly Child and the bus driver in Asylum...) and the second Richard Willis (Adric's brother)
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Old April 3 2014, 03:44 AM   #15
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The only silver lining to this is that I've finally had my first satisfying night's sleep in weeks now that the Rani is no longer around to drain my brain fluid.
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