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Samantha Bond Returns to the World of Doctor Who for Rani Takes on the World

Samantha Bond will return as Mrs Wormwood – leader of the Bane – for the first time in 15 years, as part of Rani Takes on the World: The Revenge of Wormwood, a boxset spin-off from The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The Revenge of Wormwood, to be released in December 2023, will be the second volume in the Rani Takes on the World audio series from Big Finish, and stars Anjli Mohindra as Rani Chandra, and Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer.

 Samantha Bond said:

“Getting back into character was really rather easy. I hadn’t forgotten her and she hadn’t forgotten me – it’s been a lovely experience. I don’t get to play baddies very often and the audio scripts are captivating.”

Anjli Mohindra added:

“Samantha Bond is incredible. I remember being really in awe of her performance even way back when. She’s so sinister, strong and poised.”

Daniel Anthony said:

“It’s been so great to have Samantha back. It felt like we were back on set with Mrs Wormwood – it was lovely.”

Producer Emily Cook said:

“What an absolute treat to have Samantha Bond return to the world of The Sarah Jane Adventures! It’s a testament to the show that these actors are so keen to reprise their roles. We wanted to raise the stakes for Rani and co. in volume two and what could be better than bringing back the Bane?

“Sam resurrected Mrs Wormwood instantly and brilliantly. It brought back chills from my childhood to hear the character again, live in the studio. Sam is such a class act and it was an honour to work with her. How lucky are we? I’m beyond delighted that she’s joined the cast for Rani Takes on the World.”

A special offer is available when listeners pre-order The Revenge of Wormwood in a bundle with volume one, Beyond Bannerman Road, for £38 (CD box set and download) or £33 (download only). Or you can pre-order Rani Takes on the World: The Revenge of Wormwood on its own for £19.99 (3-disc CD box set amd download) or £16.99 (download only).

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Samantha Bond Returns to the World of Doctor Who for Rani Takes on the World

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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