Kate O’Mara would love to reprise her role in ‘Doctor Who’ of The Rani, one of the few characters to match the irrepressible Time Lord for wit, power and supernatural abilities.

The popular British actress tells HuffPostUK:

“I’d love to come back as The Rani another time around.

“To have a much older woman as your adversary, there’s something interesting about that.

“She’s learned so much over the centuries – it would be like in the fairy stories, where it’s always the old woman who is the most frightening.”

With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who coming up, O’Mara remembers very happily her time on the show…

“The part was written for me. I was with Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. She is a Time Lord, she is supposed to have been at university with the Doctor, and she’s an enemy from way back, because she wants domination of the whole Galaxy.”

Why does O’Mara think the show has lasted so long?

“It’s perfect for all ages,” she reflects. “It probably started off as a sophisticated children’s thing, but there’s something fascinating about someone who can traverse time. Regeneration, like being able to fly, really grabs the imagination. And you this mortal enemy like Moriarty, and a struggle between good and evil, which goes on forever.”

With her 'Dynasty' co-star Joan Collins

The actress, a veteran of shows from ‘Triangle’ to ‘Dynasty’ as well as decades of stage work, is known for her glacial allure, the withering gaze and put-down, but she’s adamant this isn’t the real her…

“I’m actually quite a nice person,” she says sweetly of the perception of her. “It’s to do with the way I look, an uncompromising sort of face, brusque delivery and voice, and I think the combination of all that.

“When I’m doing pantomime, children will scream the place down, before I open my mouth. There’s obviously something that really gets them.”

And she definitely has a sense of humour too, remembering the surreal time of her years living in LA, where she worked alongside Joan Collins on ‘Dynasty’:

“I was Caress – who’s called THAT?” she laughs. “I was in Hollywood for two years, and the only way to approach it was with a sense of humour, because they took everything so seriously.

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“All the time spent on lipstick hair, which are really of minor importance in the scheme of things. By the time they’d finished, I never recognised myself, the make up was so flawless and the lighting superb. ‘Who’s that creature? My goodness, it’s me.’”

Now, O’Mara’s happily back in England, moving to be nearer her grandchildren, and still grafting, from drama coaching to workshops, to her own two-hander play about Marlene Dietrich.

And she’ll be in demand at the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary, for which she’s sharing the anticipation of many a fan…

“I’m going to go. It’s important isn’t it? One of two female Time Lords. Not bad.”

'An Evening with Kate O'Mara' takes place on, Saturday 19 October 2013 at 7pm at The Misty Moon Gallery, Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS. More info here

Kate will also attend the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebration at London's Excel in November. More info here.

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  • British actress Carole Ann Ford (centre, right) makes a horn sign at a Dalek from the BBC television science fiction series 'Doctor Who', at the Daily Mail Schoolboys' and Girls' Exhibition at Olympia, London, 28th December 1964. In the series, Ford plays Susan Foreman, the companion of the first Doctor, played by William Hartnell. (Photo credit: Victor Drees/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Dr Who encounters the ancient Aztecs in an episode of the famous TV series in 1964. From left to right, the actors are John Ringham, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, William Hartnell (1908 - 1975) and Keith Pyott. (Photo credit: Moore/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

  • British actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen pose in 1974, who star in the new BBCTV series 'Dr Who'. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Express/Getty Images)

  • Tom Baker as the new Dr Who in 1974. He is shown here with a Cyberman and his assistant Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen, at the BBC television centre. (Photo credit: Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Dr Who (actor Peter Davison) and female companions of the Doctor's past and present pose in 1983. (l-r) Louise Jameson, Carole Ann Ford, Caroline John, Sarah Sutton, Elisabeth Sladen and Janet Fielding. (Photo credit: PA)

  • Paul McGann (as The Doctor) and Daphne Ashbrook (as Dr. Grace Holloway) in Doctor Who, shown in 1996. (Photo credit: WENN.com)

  • Actress Catherine Tate arrives at the press launch of 'Dr Who' series 4 at the Apollo West End in 2008 in London. (Photo credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

  • Doctor Who, played by Sylvester Mccoy, poses with his companion Melanie, played by Bonnie Langford, in 1987. (Photo credit: Photoshot/Getty Images)

  • Doctor Who, played by Colin Baker, with companion Peri, played By Nicola Bryant in 1986. (Photo credit: Photoshot/Getty Images)

  • 20th November 1980: Tom Baker, who plays Dr Who in the childrens TV series, is to marry Lalla Ward, who plays his assistant Romana in the series. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • 1980: Actress Lalla Ward, Dr Who's assistant in the BBC television series, riding K9, the doctor's robotic 'dog', in a park (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Actor Jon Pertwee, a former Dr Who, and actress Elisabeth Sladen, who played his companion in the series, at Heathrow Airport where they departed to Miami to attend a Dr Who convention (PA)

  • Tom Baker, as Doctor Who, and Mary Tamm as his companion, Romana, on the set of the BBC television science fiction series 'Doctor Who', at BBC TV Centre, London, 25th April 1978. (Photo by Fred Mott/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • English actors Jon Pertwee (1919 - 1996) and Elisabeth Sladen (1946 - 2011) outside BBC TV Centre, London, 26th June 1973. Pertwee and Sladen play Doctor Who and his companion Sarah Jane Smith in the British television series 'Doctor Who'. (Photo by William H. Alden/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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  • DR Who: Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston

  • Bernard Cribbins (and David Tennant collect the award for best Drama received for Dr Who during the National Television Awards 2010.

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  • The eleventh Doctor Who, actor Matt Smith, and his companion Amy Pond, actress Karen Gillian, arrive at the screening of an episode of the new Doctor Who series at Cineworld, Cardiff (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

  • James Corden and Matt Smith take a break from filming the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who Penarth, Wales. Photo: WENN.com

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