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4.0 out of 5 stars a little learning, 28 Jan 2010
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dr Who Return of the Krotons (Audio CD)
Not every doctor who monster is quite as well remembered as the daleks or the cybermen. Some never caught the imagination quite as well or were such a success on screen, and thus they faded into tv obscurity remembered only by the fans.

Such was fate for the krotons. only seen in a late 1960's story with the second doctor. A rather cheap story, and they were rather cheap looking creations.

But the strength of the krotons was in their voices. strong and powerful. Which makes them ideal characters for audio.

Big finish have thus resurrected them for a one off story involving the sixth doctor and his companion charley pollard.

This is a single story, complete in sixty minutes on one disc. It's set in the middle of a story arc involving the doctor and charley and secrets she has in regards to her origin. But save for one line near the end this never touches on that so casual listeners will have no trouble getting into it.

One a seemingly deserted and dead world, humans are mining the caverns. The leader of the expedition is not making himself popular with the rest of it. But when the krotons strike, all are in deadly danger.

This is a fairly standard story with a plot that doesnt offer any great surprises, but it's a competent production and a good script. The cast are great, especially lead guest star philip madoc. And the krotons voices really do work superbly in this format.

A decent little adventure all in all. Do listen to the interviews after the story as well, because philip madoc is an excellent interviewee and it's a really good listen as a result
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bonus Audio Adventure, 18 April 2014
Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dr Who Return of the Krotons (Audio CD)
CD Info.
1xCD of 60 minute audio adventure.

Trailer & behind the scenes interviews.

1)The late Phillip Madoc has had several appearances over the year's in Doctor Who,
The Krotons, The War Games, The Brain Of Morbius, The Power Of Kroll & for Big Finish Doctor Who he appeared in the 40th anniversary story Master.
2)The Krotons first encountered the Second Doctor on tv in the story titled The Krotons.
3)This was originally a free to Big Finish subscribers special released with main range story The Raincloud Man.
4)While semi conscious Charley refers to C'rizz death & the Eighth Doctors reaction to it.
5)Writer/director/actor Nicholas Briggs voices the Daleks, Cybermen & Ice Warrior's for Big Finish & the tv series plus to many other roles to mention here.

The Sixth Doctor & Charley Pollard arrive on the dead plant Onyakis which is being plundered by Commander Cobden & the last survivors of the human race, Cobden who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants & anyone who dares oppose him will result in there eventual disappearance.

But deep in the caves of Onyakis alien technology is reactivating, Power is flowing, Something is forming inside the Darkness.

The Krotons are returning...

Timelord Thoughts.
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this bonus release yet how pleasantly surprised I was when I listened to this gem of a story by Nicholas Briggs.

This has great performances throughout from the excellent performances of Colin Baker & India Fisher as the Sixth Doctor & Charley to the rich vocal tones of the late Phillip Madoc as Commander Cobden.

The Krotons make there Big Finish debut in this audio adventure & actually sound better in a audio format than there on screen apperance & although the plot doesn't offer any type of twists it does offer solid entertaining storytelling that kept me hooked throughout.

With great production values from Big Finish & a enjoyable bonus interview after the credits with actor Phillip Madoc this is 60 minutes of entertaining classic Doctor Who.

Timelord Rating 8/10.
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