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Doctor Who: The Krotons [VHS] [1968]
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
This story gets a lot of bad press, but actually it starts up as a piece of its time. The lame effects (The Krotons) as so bad they are great, their speech effect is so of its time. The story is so late 60's, being very basic and keeps you watching. Patrick Troughton is an excellent Doctor. This stands up as far better than anything with Sylvester McCoy or Matt Smith in my personal opinion. Doctor Who was of its time - Kitch and classic Kitch at that.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2013
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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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2012
It pains me to say it but "The Krotons" is dull. Something that Doctor Who never should be.
Sandwiched in series six by the quality Cyberman story "The Invasion" and the exciting Ice Warriors tale "The Seeds of Doom", "The Krotons" falls short on almost every level.
The writing is poor in comparison and the less said about the titular 'monsters' The Krotons the better.
Pat Troughton and company are in good form but sadly cannot lift this story out of the doldrums.
The BBC DVD is, as usual, well presented with it's usual array of excellent extras most of which are better than the feature presentation sadly.
For fans only.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Patrick Troughton story,been a Dr Who fan from this Actors days onwards,it is great to see all Dr Who serial,s on dvd.

And a great service from this seller.
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on 7 January 2015
A classic from the 2Nd doctor
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2012
Fantastic release, the special features were excellent. Would highly reccomend you buy this one if you are a Troughton fan.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The fourth story from Patrick Troughton's third and final year as Doctor Who comes to DVD, with all four black and white episodes complete on one single disc.

The Krotons sees the Doctor, plus Jamie and Zoe, arrive on a planet inhabited by humanoid people called the Gonds. Who serve unseen masters called the Krotons. Every year the Krotons select the smartest Gonds to be their personal servants. And the other Gonds never see them again.

In seeking to find out what's really going on, the Doctor and friends discover that the Krotons have a plan....

Not every Doctor Who story can be an absolute classic piece of work. As one time script editor Terrance Dicks once said, when asked what his motivation was in making a certain story 'to avoid having twenty five minutes of blank tv screen on a saturday night'. The show of old was always produced to fill the schedule, and the production teams often faced great odds in order to get something onto the screen.

The Krotons was made at a time when the show's ratings were down. When the money was tight. And when several scripts had fallen through. It had only been commissioned in case they needed a last minute replacement should another story fall through. And that turned out to be the case.

But the Krotons isn't bad. The story is okay. The Krotons are an interesting creation, and they have a great voice. And the way the plot unfolds in regards to them is pretty good.

The Gonds are rather stereotypical characters but Philip Madoc, as one of them, puts in a pretty good performance.

There are some great moments of comedy involving the Doctor and Zoe as well.

The big problem with the story though is the design of the Krotons. It's just not very good or very effective.

So whilst this is a long way from being the best the show ever had to offer, it's not terrible at all. It's just a capable piece of work that does the best it can with limited resources. But it is a complete story from an era from which there aren't many of those, so it's definitely worth a look.

The disc has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It's also English audio captioned.

It has the usual extras for this dvd range of:

A comedy from several cast members [including Philip Madoc] and crew members.

Production information subtitles.

A photo gallery of stills from the story and it's production.

The radio times listings for the story as a PDF file.

A trailer for the next release in this dvd range [as ever epileptics beware flashing images and fast editing].

Other extras:

Second time around. A fifty one minute long documentary about Patrick Troughton's time as the Doctor. This is very comprehensive and you feel it could have been longer at points, as it only has selected anecodotes for certain stories. It also contains clips from part two of the underwater menace, an episode that was lost till recently and only rediscovered last year.

Doctor Who stories: Frazer Hines [part one] another lot of interviews originally recorded back in 2003 for another project, this one sees Frazer Hines talking about his time playing Jamie. It runs for seventeen minutes. And he's a very good interviewee with some excellent anecdotes.

The Doctor's strange love; another in the ongoing series on these dvd's that has fans discussing the story. This one once again sees writer Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier [but without comedienne Josie Long this time] on the set of the Sarah Jane adventures discussing the Krotons. This only runs for seven minutes, half the length of the other ones. And since they acknowledge it's a story where it's worth looking for the good points, it does have some interesting talk and never outstays it's welcome.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 26 May 2012
One of Patrick Troughton's gifts as an actor was to bring out the comic, eccentric qualities of the Doctor without descending into the silliness of one or two later incarnations and by the time the Krotons was shot, he'd perfected his interpretation of the character. If you like Patrick Troughton, you'll love him in 'The Krotons'.

The Krotons is an reasonably good story that is let down by some ridiculous aliens who sound vaguely South African. I'd give it a maximum of three stars, but Troughton's performance is such a joy to watch that it is worth buying the DVD just for that. There is one scene in particular, in which the Doctor and Zoe are completing puzzles for an intelligece-measuring machine, that the chemistry between Patrick Troughton and Wendy Padbury results in one of the most endearing, comic moments from the Troughton era.

This four-part story isn't as bad as 'The Space Pirates' but is nowhere near as good as 'The Faceless Ones'. There are some good performances from the supporting cast - notably the late Philip Madoc - and the premise is quite interesting, but this is really for Troughton fans.

As a Troughton fan, my main reason for buying this DVD was the special feature about the Troughton years which, at almost an hour long, gives a fascinating insight into the show's evolution - it's near cancellation when William Hartnell retired, the development of Patrick Troughton's interpretation of the Doctor, the punishing filming schedule and the conflicts within the production team. With contributions from every surviving Troughton assistant, plus Derrick Sherwin, Victor Pemberton and the ubiquitous Terrence Dicks, it's a must for any devotee of this era.
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on 30 August 2014
it is a a xmas present
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on 14 February 2015
excellent,thanks
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