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Doctor Who - The Krotons [DVD] [1968]


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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z10GUG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When the TARDIS arrives on the planet of the Gonds, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover a world ruled and enslaved by the Krotons. The brightest Gonds are always chosen to serve as companions of the Krotons and are never seen again.

The Doctor and his companions decide to put a stop to their rule – but in doing so, inadvertently unleash the true power and terror of the Krotons instead…

Special Features
• Commentary With actors Philip Madoc (Eelek), Richard Ireson (Axus) and Gilbert Wynne (Thara), assistant floor manager David Tilley, make-up designer Sylvia James, costume designer Bobi Bartlett and special sounds designer Brian Hodgson. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
• Second Time Around Faced with William Hartnell’s deteriorating health but with a popular TV programme on their hands, the Doctor Who production team hit on the idea of ‘regenerating’ the show’s hero. This documentary looks back over Patrick Troughton’s tenure as the Second Doctor.
• Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines (part one) Actor Frazer Hines reminisces about his time on the series in an interview originally recorded in 2003 for the BBC’s Story of Doctor Who.
• The Doctor’s Strange Love Writers Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier take an affectionate look at The Krotons.
• Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
• Programme Subtitles
• Production Information Subtitles
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality

The story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 28th December 1968 – 18th January 1969.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By P. Sanders VINE VOICE on 10 May 2012
Format: DVD
Over the years "The Krotons" has come under fire from scornful fans, complaining that Troughton classics like "Fury From the Deep" were wiped while this story still exists. That's unfair for several reasons. Firstly, when a story no longer exists it can gain an element of myth. Secondly, this story is actually a lot of fun. Whereas "The Dominators" is a truly dull drag only raised by the main cast, this is a flawed but enjoyable little self-contained story. It's also the first story by Robert Holmes, classic Who's finest writer. He's still finding his feet but gives us an intriguing mystery along the way.

As always the three leads are a joy, particularly when the Doctor and Zoe have a go on the learning machines. The Gonds often get a slagging but they're okay really - Philip Madoc's deliciously evil eyebrows make their Who debut in this story. Then there's the Krotons themselves. Again they get mocked by fans, but with their unusual crystalline heads and roaring voices they're actually quite effective. Admittedly in long-shot with their skirts showing they are a bit lumbery, but in their lair they are better than many Who man-in-a-suit monsters.

For the time being, this is the last Troughton story to be released on DVD. I hope that like many other classic Who stories its reputation gets a more generous re-appraisal. It starts here - I openly admit my love for "The Krotons"!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 30 Jan 2012
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The Krotons was written by Doctor Who's most well known and prolific writer, Robert Holmes. Although The Krotons is not his finest hour, it is still a solid 4 part Troughton story with a stella cast and great performances. Robert Holmes was to script nearly 20 Doctor Who serials in the 20 year association he had with the programme, as well as one of the finest writers to work on the show, Holmes script edited the greatest 3 years of the series to date, the Philip Hinchcliffe era with Tom Baker and Elizabeth Sladen. Here, Holmes pens a interesting tale of science and slavery. The Gonds in this story are slaves of the Krotons, an alien menace that landed on this unnamed world thousands of years ago and are now controlling the primitive gond populace, I say primitive because the Gonds are only taught what the Krotons teach them, they lack any kind of curiosity and skills in any other area they have no knowledge of, which is quite alot. This in effect makes them a slave people, who send their brightest learners to be the companions of the Krotons in their ship, the Dynotrope. We later find out that these companions are harvested for their mental power and then destroyed. Nothing less, nothing more.

As usual, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe intervene and stop these Krotons from exploiting the defenceless Gonds. In the end of course, with a rocky ride as ever, the crew of the time-space vessel succeed in destroying the evil Krotons and restoring peace to the planet of the Gonds. Although The Krotons is never high up in any fans opinion polls, it is still a great little fast paced adventure that still exists in its entirety. Lets be grateful for that at least.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sean cutter on 1 Mar 2013
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Not one of the classics but it is a typical example of the Patrick Troughton era. The sharp, atmospheric black & white pictures, the cosy circle of Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, the unravelling of a mystery/undermining of the enemy and the niggling feeling that the Doctor might just not sort it all out (the computer test is pure Troughton -amusing without becoming silly). Well worth a look on its own regardless of any nostalgic "treasure it as one of the few troughton stories left intact".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. N. Ridley on 6 July 2012
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This DVD includes a fabulous 50 minute extra covering the Patrick Troughton years. It is worth the money just for that alone. There is also a piece featuring Fraser Hines and his catchphrase as Jamie "Look at the size of that , Doctor"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hevingham on 28 Feb 2014
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Previously only available in 1990s scratch o vision on VHS this story looked like it was 450 years old not 45. Even when shown on BBC2 13 years after its original broadcast it looked awful. Now fully restored it looks and sounds marvelous. The Restoration team has worked its magic on the once rackety prints to bring us a great looking slice of late 60s Who.

I never enjoyed the Krotons in any of its previous iterations but did on DVD thanks to this transfer.

Its not the best the show has to offer but its now certainly not the worst. From the days when there was no need for the Doctor to snog every companion or be the centre of years' long arcs, The Krotons tells its story and gets outta here. As it should be
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pn Earle on 25 Mar 2013
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patrick troughtons doctor is many peoples favorite doctor,with many classic stories under his belt.he also benefited from very good companions.the krotons is a solid filler story with an excellent picture given its age.in places you can see budget restraints,in others it is quite inventive.all in all worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 14 Mar 2013
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This is a classic Troughton era Dr Who story and is wonderfully restored to a standard that is enjoyable today.
The plot is excellent for its day and still wears well now. The Krotons were real behind the sofa stuff in their day, and with the budget given the BBC did a good job with this story. No collection is complete without this DVD
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