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A very Sil-ly story,
This review is from: The Creed of the Kromon (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Creed of the Kromon is an interesting story. After the epic sagas of Neverland and Zagreus and then the downright un-Who of Scherzo, i believed things were back to normal with this one, delivering a standard who plot with a cheesy who-title. By no means a bad drama, i still recommend this one. The Kromon themselves are termite creatures (they remind me of the bug people in Jet Force Gemini) and there are a few other non-humanoid characters to happily visualise in your minds eye. However, importantly, this drama introduces us to C'rizz, new companion to Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor and India Fisher's Charley. Will this new addition to the group upset the balance? Well, thankfully, no. C'rizz is excellent - Conrad Westmass brings across the bereaved Eutermisan very well.
What complicates matters in this story are the many questions brought up, and not tied up. The second sun in the sky, the Kro'Ka (Stephen Perring is fantastic as this overbearing, sinister force, and i know we will hear more of his frightening voice over the next few dramas), BUT...where is the TARDIS? Its a great idea to finally seperate the Doctor from his beloved machine and have what looks to be a running arc of travelling through strange 'zones' to reach what appear to be seperate planets, in search of the old girl.
My reference to Sil in the title is not random. When i first listened i stayed clear of the booklet so as to keep the plot and characters a surprise. I found myself picturing Sil (from Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp) as one of the Kromon. The nuances, the stammer, the flicking of the tongue). I consulted the booklet to find this drama written by Phillip Martin, author of aforementioned episodes! It would be easy to see this story as another meeting with the green one had it been set in our universe.
What brings this down to three stars is inability to grip you and pull you through the plot. At no point did i truly desire to keep listening. Yes, the story was good but it wasn't truly mesmerising, unlike some of the other dramas out there.
Overall, not my first recommendation, but nonetheless a necessary addition, especially if you plan on following the arcs for the next season or two.