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Doctor Who: Krotons [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VFF7KA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,070 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By P. Sanders VINE VOICE on 10 May 2012
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Over the years "The Krotons" has come under fire from scornful fans, complaining that Troughton classics like "Fury From the Deep" were wiped while this story still exists. That's unfair for several reasons. Firstly, when a story no longer exists it can gain an element of myth. Secondly, this story is actually a lot of fun. Whereas "The Dominators" is a truly dull drag only raised by the main cast, this is a flawed but enjoyable little self-contained story. It's also the first story by Robert Holmes, classic Who's finest writer. He's still finding his feet but gives us an intriguing mystery along the way.

As always the three leads are a joy, particularly when the Doctor and Zoe have a go on the learning machines. The Gonds often get a slagging but they're okay really - Philip Madoc's deliciously evil eyebrows make their Who debut in this story. Then there's the Krotons themselves. Again they get mocked by fans, but with their unusual crystalline heads and roaring voices they're actually quite effective. Admittedly in long-shot with their skirts showing they are a bit lumbery, but in their lair they are better than many Who man-in-a-suit monsters.

For the time being, this is the last Troughton story to be released on DVD. I hope that like many other classic Who stories its reputation gets a more generous re-appraisal. It starts here - I openly admit my love for "The Krotons"!
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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.
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By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2016
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The Doctor’s intelligence gets him and his friends out of trouble week after week. But this time his cleverness lands them all in the soup - with the Krotons. Can he scoop them out again - or are they toast? 4*

It’s fair to say this isn’t the most popular Second Doctor story, but it’s much better than its reputation and I enjoyed it. There are certainly off-moments (the main one being the Krotons, unfortunately) which tend to overshadow the rest, but there’s also a clever, satirical science fiction plot, some great acting among the guest cast and Patrick Troughton at his typical best.

If you are new to this Doctor then I wouldn’t start here because there are many better stories, but if you already know how fabulous he is, then dive in with the Krotons and float on a soup of Sixties social satire and the Second Doctor at his most playful –and most ruthless; in the end, it’s the Krotons who are toast…

Robert Holmes would go on to write many of the greatest (I’d say *the* greatest) stories in the classic era, but this was his first. If it sometimes seems like standard science fiction plus the Doctor, that’s because (according to the Notes) it began as a (rejected) non-‘Doctor Who’ script, but was spotted by Terrance Dicks and used to plug a gap in the Doctor’s busy schedule. The Krotons=croutons and soup jokes are as old as this story and I’m guessing Robert Holmes intended it so from the beginning; exactly why, you will discover as the story unfolds.

I first saw this story in a (very rare) repeat season early in the 1980s and it was like watching through fog due to the quality of the surviving recording. It wasn’t an impressive experience. But the great news is that now we can see the story properly for the first time thanks to this excellent DVD release.
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Previously only available in 1990s scratch o vision on VHS this story looked like it was 450 years old not 45. Even when shown on BBC2 13 years after its original broadcast it looked awful. Now fully restored it looks and sounds marvelous. The Restoration team has worked its magic on the once rackety prints to bring us a great looking slice of late 60s Who.

I never enjoyed the Krotons in any of its previous iterations but did on DVD thanks to this transfer.

Its not the best the show has to offer but its now certainly not the worst. From the days when there was no need for the Doctor to snog every companion or be the centre of years' long arcs, The Krotons tells its story and gets outta here. As it should be
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