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Doctor Who - The Krotons [DVD] [1968]

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z10GUG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,740 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.

Product Description

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


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I <3 The Krotons! 10 May 2012
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Robert Holmes For Pat's Final Year. 30 Jan 2012
Format:VHS Tape
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a Troughton! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras special 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Was Troughton the definitive doctor? 9 July 2013
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Before Matt Smith there was Patrick Troughton. I can't help thinking that the current eleventh doctor learned a lot from the second, same eccentricity, zaniness, mood-swings from comic through dramatic and back again. This DVD is well worth watching if only to remind ourselves (or discover for the first time) what a fine character actor Troughton was. Growing up in the 60s he defined for me what the doctor should be like - an image which stayed with me right up until the 2005 reboot. The episodes also include some nice verbal sparring between the doctor and companion Zoe. As for the story - it's only so-so, slow, talky and when we finally see the Krotons... well let's just say they're often considered to be amongst the most ridiculous Dr Who monsters ever created! On the plus side the extras include an excellent full-length documentary about the whole second doctor period, packed with fascinating detail for Whovians

So all in all a useful buy for the fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars classic doctor,average story. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant remastering of an OK story
Previously only available in 1990s scratch o vision on VHS this story looked like it was 450 years old not 45. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Hevingham
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This was another one I had one VHS and have now replaced it on DVD. Quite a good storyline, it was good to see the Gonds and Krotons again in a full story episode. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greg Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a dvd that is worth watching and a must see would recomend to any doctor who collector and new comer
Published 3 months ago by colin jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Doctor Who Story.
This story is a little boring, maybe best for real Doctor Who fans only.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wendy I love you
This story originally had the distinction of being one of the few complete Troughton series in existence. Fortunately, this is getting to be less and less the case. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William J. Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
I thought the story line was a bit lame bu if you are a Troughtron fan you will probably like it.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who The Krotons
I much prefer the original Dr Who series to the more recent ones. This story may not have been Patrick Toughton's best story but I still enjoyed it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. H. M. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd review
Excellent quality,very fast delivery,i am very happy with my purchase,i will buy again for certain,a very satisfied customer,really happy with my purchase.
Published 10 months ago by Cory Eadson
4.0 out of 5 stars Has improved with age, but for die hard fans only
As is mentioned in one of the extras on the disc, the main flaw of this story is that it dared to still exist, while other, better stories were junked. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who :The Krotons DVD
The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe to a world where they meet the Gonds.

Part 1: On the planet of the Gonds students are annually sent to become companions of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by kk
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