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Obituaries: Kate O’Mara, Derek Martinus

Doctor Who TV would like to pay our respects to two former Doctor Who figures who have sadly passed this week.

Kate O’Mara

(10 August 1939 – 30 March 2014)

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Actress Kate O’Mara passed aged 74.

O’Mara is best known to Whovians as the villainous Rani in The Mark of the Rani, Time and the Rani, and charity special Dimensions in Time.

Her agent said she died in a Sussex nursing home following a short illness.

He said: “A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her.”

Derek Martinus

(4 April 1931 – 27 March 2014)

Derek-Martinus

Classic Who director Derek Martinus died aged 82.

Martinus directed the following stories: Galaxy 4, Mission To The Unknown, The Tenth Planet, The Evil Of The Daleks, The Ice Warriors and Spearhead From Space.

His daughter Charlotta Martinus said: “He was a legend, just an absolute legend. He taught me how to love, live and laugh, he was just such an amazing man.”

RIP Kate O’Mara and Derek Martinus.

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TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

How very sad. RIP and I pay my respects to their families. 

StephenCoppins
StephenCoppins

Thank you to both Derek Martinus and Kate O'Mara.


You are both sadly missed.


R.I,P,

DawnTime
DawnTime

Kate looked very frail last November at the 50th convention. very sad. !

Jamesss
Jamesss

RIP  Kate O'Mara - a fantastic Doctor Who actress, sadly burdened with a terrible role. Her talent was wasted.


(Seriously, did anyone actually like either of the two Rani stories? Really?)

RecycledCompanion
RecycledCompanion

I had to call my sister earlier today when I first saw the news. It is, indeed, a sad day. Kate had such vivacity and spirit, and Martinus, as others have noted, was responsible for some of the best, most memorable stories that helped shape classic Who. I'm going to watch Spearhead from Space tonight, one of my favourite stories, in his memory.

Polyphase
Polyphase

Oh no, Another sad sad day and Kate was not that old. All these wonderful Who ladies gone before their time :(

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

This is a massive shock for me. I almost couldn't believe it at first when I saw Kate O'Mara's name next to the words RIP. This is truly sad indeed. Also it is tragic to see another Classic director go as well. Derek Martinus was responsible for directing the legendary episode The Evil of the Daleks and also directed two crucial episodes, i.e. The Tenth Planet (Hartnell's leaving story) and Spearhead in Space (Pertwee's first story). This is yet another tragic loss to the Whovians. May they both rest in peace and I give my deepest respect to their families and friends.

Oodkind
Oodkind

Two great people were lost... I will always like the Rani. Sometimes, she wasn't served well by the writing, but she was a brilliant character played by a brilliant actress.

I haven't seen all of Martinus's episodes, but both the Tenth Planet and Spearhead from Space were quite good. Both will be missed.

Badwolf2
Badwolf2

its very sad rest in peace to both of them

Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese
Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

God rest their souls.


I'd always admired the direction in Spearhead from Space as it was completely different and filmic and could have been easily poorly executed. Instead, we got the classic Auton story.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I was never a big fan of the Rani. I never really liked the character, but Kate O'Mara still did a brilliant job with the character and proved her self to be an important part of the Who family even after only two appearances.

As for Derek Martinus, he directed some of the shows most iconic stories. "Spearhead from Space" in particular was a brilliant story. The fact that it was the only classic episode filmed entirely on film makes it extra special, not to mention it was the fist colour episode. It is sad that the man who crafted these stories is no longer with us. He was certainly one of classic Who's most skilled directors.

R.I.P. Two of the Who's family's most important people. You will be deeply missed.

Frank the Bunny
Frank the Bunny

Terrible, terrible news. However, when people pass away I don't like to think of it as a star going out, but a new star being created.

R.I.P Both of them

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

Good bye Rani. You'll be remembered as a classic villain

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Well, this ruins the rest of my day :( Very sad. Bless their friends and families. As for the rest of us, our Rani will be missed, and the man who brought us the first episode with the Cybermen, and Spearhead from Space, one of my personal all time favourite episodes. RIP

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I had to read the title several times before this sunk in. Both of them were incredibly talented people who will be missed.

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

I'm a big Moffat fan , but I have to say he missed a huge opportunity in not bringing back the Rani whilst Kate was still alive. God forbid! But I hope he doesn't make the same mistake with Susan (Carole Anne Ford)

edoe101
edoe101

R.I.P. My thoughts to the family and friends of these legendary parts of Doctor Who, one a director of fabulous stories and the other one of the most remembered villains of all time. 

The MasterDoctor
The MasterDoctor

Other than her appearances as the Rani, Kate O'Mara was also in an episode of "Absolutely Fabulous" in which she played Patsy's sister.  O'Mara was hysterical in the part!



Martinus did indeed direct (among the other DW's mentioned in the article) "Spearhead From Space" which is one of the absolute BEST episodes of Doctor Who EVER!.  Jon Pertwee's debut story is brilliant and much of that is due to the director.

Joncon95
Joncon95

Oh this is sad. I loved Kate as the rani, and the direction of those episodes was great. R.I.P Kate and Derek

Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

Oh, no. Kate O'Mara too? That makes me even more sad. :(

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

I thought it was a cruel April's Fools joke... but it 's not. Sad new indeed. 

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Had to look twice when I saw Kate O'Mara in the thumbnail. Such terrible news!


RIP Kate and Derek! Thoughts go out to their families and friends!

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

We have lost great and talented people and this world is a little poorer for it :-( may they rest well and find peace in the next life (no offence meant to those who don't believe in such things).

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

I think my heart practically skipped a beat when I saw the title of this. :/ It's terrible knowing that we're at that time when a lot of people involved with the classic series are getting on in years, just naturally. 

Rest in peace, you two. Rest knowing that your legacies will live on, having contributed a lot to something that we all love.






















































































































































































































































































































































Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

Rip Kate Mara, she was a great actress and was wonderful at playing the Rani

Makes me hope even more The Rani will return again soon so that way they could pay tribute to Kate

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

All I can say  AWWWWWWWW! Martinus directed some of my favourite episodes of Classic Who and I love Rani so much because of the wonderful Kate! Bless you both and thank you.

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

RIP Kate O'Mara. So, there won't be a regeneration from the original Rani to the 2nd Rani if she does come back?

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

I couldn't believe what I read when Twitter said Kate O'Mara died. It couldn't be, but it is...THE RAN IS GONE! :(

WhoFanNo565
WhoFanNo565

RIP to Kate O'Mara and Derek Martinus, very sad news.

Special Weapons Dalek
Special Weapons Dalek

Derek Martinus AND Kate O’Mara? Such brilliant people... so many Doctor Who Legends have died in recent years but not ONE will ever be forgotten.. not ever.. Rest In Peace =(



The Finn
The Finn

RIP to the one and only the Rani, and to the director of the first regeneration story!



Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

@Jamesss I liked "The Mark of the Rani". "Time and the Rani" admittedly wasn't very good, but ehh. I like the Rani as a villain, I just feel she wasn't graced with the most superb stories.

craig33
craig33

I liked Mark of the Rani. Mainly for anthony ainleys master. The great Colin baker and the terrible geordie accents.

Richy Woo
Richy Woo

Sadly, Sarah Jane / Elizabeth Sladen Still has not had an official send off, So don't hold your breath.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Richy Woo She did have an official send off, a lot more so than most people attached to the show had.


If you were expecting them to mention the fact she was dead on screen then you are very greatly mistaken, it was decided that Sarah Jane Smith lives on and will continue to save the earth and the universe forever more.

DWTV
DWTV moderator

Even the suggestion of such an act is offensive.


Jardi101
Jardi101

@Notsosmartguy Let's rephrase his statement: 'I doubt DOCTORWHOTV would do anything so callous.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@Notsosmartguy You're unfortunately right, the human race can be sickening sometimes, but these two people who we've sadly lost contributed to the greatest television programme on Earth. One a director, with a great vision and mind, and the other, a brilliant actress who interpreted scripts and made a menacing adversary for the Doctor. 

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

They only did that to spare the feelings of Nieve children who think the world is happy place, when it's not its miserable. In Capadlis DrWho hopefully her death will be mentioned.