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Doctor Who: The Power Of Kroll [VHS]

Tom Baker , Mary Tamm , Norman Stewart    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Neil McCarthy, Philip Madoc, Graham Mallard
  • Directors: Norman Stewart
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 5 Jun 1995
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005792V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,485 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Penultimate story of the Key to Time series. The TARDIS brings the Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana to Delta 3 where Romana is captured by Swampies. The Doctor's search for his companion brings him to a massive oil refinery in the middle of a swamp which fuels the oppressive people on Delta Magna. But deep in the swamp, something is stirring; could it be the legendary monster, Kroll?

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3.0 out of 5 stars There's something in the water... 28 April 2009
Often derided by fans and critics alike, The Power of Kroll forms part of the 'Key to Time' season from 1978. The reason it is not a fan favourite is mainly I suspect due to the poor effects: The titular creature is poorly realised through dodgy blue-screen and the Swampies - abused natives of the planet - are clearly wearing woolen wigs and have green powder paint on their bodies. Of course, we all know that classic Doctor Who is often great despite its weaknesses, however despite an intriguing sub-plot involving gun-runners and enthusiastic performances from the leads, this remains a poorly produced and mediocre serial. One bonus is John 'voice of K9' Leeson in his only front of camera role, but even he can't compensate for a shoddy ending and 'that' rubber tentacle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor versus a giant swamp octopus 6 Dec 2003
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To me the Doctor was always about the outrageous. It was always about letting your imagination soar. It pushed the boundaries and creating alien worlds, terrifying monsters and entertaining plotlines but without the kind of budget that George Lucas has to play with. The writers of 'The Power of Kroll' let their imagination go wild on this one. Obviously the Tarzan and King Kong films they saw as a kid influenced them. This one features treacherous marshes, spear-brandishing natives, a sacrifice of the female lead and the biggest monster in the Dr Who cannon - a giant squid/octopus called Kroll stretching five miles across..
Of course with such monster to play with there must be quite a build up - the build up takes three episodes with us only seeing it at the end of episode three. It is this build up which is the most entertaining. It first shows on scanners at the oil refinery with lots of "I can't believe this thing it is five miles across!" and the like. If you have a sense of wonder then you will enjoy 'Kroll'
I'm digressing. The plot:-
In their search for the 'Key To Time' Tom Bakers doctor (arguably the best) and the lovely Romana (Mary Tamm) land on one of the moons of Magnus Delta. Somehow on this moon is a piece of the key which they may find. The moon is a kind of reservation for an indigenous people known as 'the swampies' who live a fearsome primitive existance worshipping an ancient god called Kroll. Recently methane gas miners have colonised the moon and have built a refinery and are extracting the mineral to send to their home planet. They see the swampies as savages and the swampies see them as interlopers so there is ground for lots of conflict. Their refinery also seems to be built on a vast lake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor versus a giant swamp octopus 7 Dec 2003
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To me the Doctor was always about the outrageous. It was always about letting your imagination soar. It pushed the boundaries and creating alien worlds, terrifying monsters and entertaining plotlines but without the kind of budget that George Lucas has to play with. The writers of 'The Power of Kroll' let their imagination go wild on this one. Obviously the Tarzan and King Kong films they saw as a kid influenced them. This one features treacherous marshes, spear-brandishing natives, a sacrifice of the female lead and the biggest monster in the Dr Who cannon - a giant squid/octopus called Kroll stretching one mile across..
Of course with such monster to play with there must be quite a build up - the build up takes three episodes with us only seeing it at the end of episode three. It is this build up which is the most entertaining. It first shows on scanners at the oil refinery with lots of "I can't believe this thing it is five miles across!" and the like. If you have a sense of wonder and still a part of a child in you then you will enjoy 'Kroll'
I'm digressing. The plot:-
In their search for the 'Key To Time' Tom Bakers doctor (arguably the best) and the lovely Romana (Mary Tamm) land on one of the moons of Magnus Delta. Somehow on this moon is a piece of the key which they may find. The moon is a kind of reservation for an indigenous people known as 'the swampies' who live a fearsome primitive existance worshipping an ancient god called Kroll. Recently methane gas miners have colonised the moon and have built a refinery and are extracting the mineral to send to their home planet. They see the swampies as savages and the swampies see them as interlopers so there is ground for lots of conflict. Their refinery also seems to be built on a vast lake.
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