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on 15 March 2015
Rather dated now. However it has to be said. Patrick Throughton was a fantastic actor
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on 24 April 2015
great quality item, great price, just what I've been looking for, I highly recommend
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on 23 September 2015
An entertaining story from Patrick Troughton's last year as The Doctor
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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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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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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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on 29 July 2012
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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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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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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