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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Robert Holmes For Pat's Final Year., 30 Jan 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Krotons [VHS] [1968] (VHS Tape)
The Krotons was written by Doctor Who's most well known and prolific writer, Robert Holmes. Although The Krotons is not his finest hour, it is still a solid 4 part Troughton story with a stella cast and great performances. Robert Holmes was to script nearly 20 Doctor Who serials in the 20 year association he had with the programme, as well as one of the finest writers to work on the show, Holmes script edited the greatest 3 years of the series to date, the Philip Hinchcliffe era with Tom Baker and Elizabeth Sladen. Here, Holmes pens a interesting tale of science and slavery. The Gonds in this story are slaves of the Krotons, an alien menace that landed on this unnamed world thousands of years ago and are now controlling the primitive gond populace, I say primitive because the Gonds are only taught what the Krotons teach them, they lack any kind of curiosity and skills in any other area they have no knowledge of, which is quite alot. This in effect makes them a slave people, who send their brightest learners to be the companions of the Krotons in their ship, the Dynotrope. We later find out that these companions are harvested for their mental power and then destroyed. Nothing less, nothing more.

As usual, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe intervene and stop these Krotons from exploiting the defenceless Gonds. In the end of course, with a rocky ride as ever, the crew of the time-space vessel succeed in destroying the evil Krotons and restoring peace to the planet of the Gonds. Although The Krotons is never high up in any fans opinion polls, it is still a great little fast paced adventure that still exists in its entirety. Lets be grateful for that at least.

Another point worthy of mention is the casting by director David Maloney, {himself a great and well known Doctor Who director} such great performances come from Philip Madoc {a well known Doctor Who villain}, James Copeland as Selris and Gilbery Wynne as Thara, I particulaly enjoyed his performance as leader of the revolution Thara. The one thing I cannot fault the Krotons on is the acting, the story is very well performed and does not disapoint.

I look foward to the BBC DVD release of this story some time in 2012 / 2013, as currently it exists only on video, and in appauling quality, very much in need of a restoration from the team. So until then, I would hold off buying the video, which is expensive enough, until the BBC release this classic Patrick Troughton adventure on to DVD. Highly Recommended.

Many thanks for your time.

M.B.
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