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Doctor Who-The Krotons Hardcover – 20 Jun 1985

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Unsurprising story which fails to excite 24 Nov. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Terrance Dicks adapts this story, which is probably most notable for the fact that the script was written by Robert Holmes, one of the greatest writers in the history of Doctor Who. However, the stories that earned him such a title were still in the future when he wrote this...
The TARDIS arrives on an unnamed planet, where the Gonds live around a great machine in which live the Krotons, who teach the Gonds everything they know. However, periodically the two best students enter the machine to become "the Companions of the Krotons", which is seen to be a great honour. However, something truly terrible happens inside the machine.
Accidentally, the Doctor and Zoe are tested and chosen to become the latest Companions of the Krotons...
Mr. Dicks has adapted a lot of Doctor Who stories into novels. When he first started they were quite good, but as time went by it seems he wrote too many, and they lack any real spark. Fortunately, his later original Doctor Who novels saw him exceed his early work. This novel, though, is in one of his more lacklustre periods.
A bit uneventful 14 Feb. 2006
By Bill Huebsch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This particular novelization is a bit on the slow side. Primarily because it does not have the tension that many of the Doctor Who books have. The Doctor and his companions (Jamie and Zoe) land on the planet of the Gonds, apparently at the random whims of the TARDIS. Their timing is, as always, impecable. They are just in time to see the Gonds send their brightest students to meet the Krotons, apparently a regular ritual. As frequently happens in the Doctor's presence, things take a turn for the worst, the Doctor gets mixed up in local affairs that could mean the end of the locals' existance, and he has to save everyone, including himself, from certain death. And yet the story is told without the ususal bit on oomph that makes the Doctor Who stories so special. The protagonists are not terribly well developed and the Gonds are somewhat flavorless. Everything unfolds in a clinical manner, the reader does not get pulled into the story.

Overall on the lower end of the Doctor Who novelizations, but not a bad story. Just not a gripping one. A quick, easy read none the less, but there are many better Doctor Who stories to be had.
A bit slow-moving, and enjoyable nonetheless 20 Sept. 2012
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Arriving on a desolate planet, the (Second) Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are surprised to find it inhabited by a human-like race, called the Gonds. However, something very strange is going on on this world. A mysterious people, called the Krotons, are apparently selecting the most intelligent of the Gonds, and after some experimentation, killing them. It is up to the Doctor to figure out what is happening and why, and save the Gonds. But first, he's going to have to keep himself and his companions alive!

This book is a novelization of a very good Patrick Troughton story that first aired December 28, 1968 to January 18, 1969, and was composed of four episodes. As a novel, the result was pretty good. It's a bit slow-moving, as far as sci-fi goes, and seems to lack the rush and fear of the television show. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the story, and am quite glad that I read it!
Average Doctor Who adaptation 10 Dec. 2013
By Rich M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fairly good, though routine, Doctor Who adaptation, featuring Zoe, Jamie, and the Second Doctor. This story introduced the crystalline race known as the Krotons. Well written as most of Terrance Dicks' stories are, it has a very 50's-esque sci-fi plot.
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