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Doctor Who: The Krotons (TV Soundtrack): (Classic TV Soundtrack) (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 Nov 2008

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (13 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408400588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408400586
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Troughton stars as the Second Doctor in this remastered soundtrack of a classic TV adventure, with linking narration by Frazer Hines.

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THE PROGRAMME: Having just defeated the Cybermen on Earth in The Invasion, The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe again plunge into the depths of Time and Space, emerging from the TARDIS onto the bleak terrain of an alien world… Although The Krotons formed part of Doctor Who’s sixth series and made its debut at the end of 1968, the story’s origins lay three series earlier in 1965 when, in the spring, writer Robert Holmes approached the production team with a possible narrative. Holmes’ notion saw the Doctor and his three companions arrive on an uninhabited planet and become engulfed in a strange mist, which leaves them helpless against two robots who capture and take them inside a giant, ancient spaceship. Over the course of the four-part outline, the group would be rewarded for displays of intelligence, and encounter the humanoid controllers of the vessel from which they had to escape. The storyline as drafted in late April was not developed further since Holmes was informed that his robots were too similar to the Mechonoid robots which were about to feature in the serial The Chase. Holmes also became busy on other projects, and it was only when he found his outline during a house move in May 1968 that he resubmitted it to the current production team. This time, the idea was quickly taken up by incoming script editor Terrance Dicks, who with producer Peter Bryant commissioned a scene breakdown as Doctor Who and the Space-Trap (aka The Trap) in May, followed rapidly by a further commission for four scripts as Doctor Who and the Space Trap in June. The scripts were delivered by mid-August and provisionally planned for the end of the current run in spring 1969. Then, suddenly, The Space Trap was rushed into pre-production in early October 1968 when two other sets of scripts both hit problems. The surface of the desolate alien world inhabited by the Gonds was brought to life with location filming at two quarries in Malvern on Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November, followed by three days filming at Ealing Film Studios. Retitled The Krotons, the four episodes were then recorded at Lime Grove Studios on Fridays from 22 November to 13 December. As a cost-saving measure, there was no conventionally recorded music on the serial, but a series of ‘tonal backgrounds’ devised by Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Krotons was released on VHS videotape by BBC Enterprises in February 1991, with sound effects and atmospheric tracks issued on two BBC CDs: Doctor Who at the Radiophonic Workshop and Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Volume 1 – The Early Years. With the situation on the distant planet resolved, the TARDIS trio headed to an Earth of the future, where Martian Ice Warriors were about to unleash The Seeds of DeathProgramme notes compiled by Andrew Pixley.

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Way back around the time Peter Davison was about to become the Doctor, the BBC broadcast a few old DOCTOR WHO episodes and for many people this was the very first time they'd had a proper chance to see Patrick Troughton's Doctor in action. The story they chose to show was THE KROTONS, a four-part adventure from his final year in the part. Now, whilst it might not be the best example of his era, it remains a solid little story with much to enjoy. It is also one of the very few of his stories that does exist in its entirety (only 6 of 21) in the archives. All of the "lost" stories have now been released in this audio range, so these last few are slowly being added to the range, so that hopefully someday all of his stories may be enjoyed in this very effective audio format. This era of DOCTOR WHO has been particularly well served by this series of BBC Soundtrack releases, not least because some of the shortcomings of the visuals of 1960s television can be overlooked and the listener can concentrate on the story, the performances and the rather excellent dialogue written by the rather well regarded scriptwriter Robert Holmes whose first work for the series this is. Things like the rather shoddy opening shot of some doors not opening properly or the rather rubbish looking monsters are not an issue when the pictures are just the ones being created in your head.

The plot is straightforward enough, and it is a simple story, simply told. The Doctor (and a rather handy umbrella) arrive just in the nick of time to save a young Gond girl from a terrible fate. For centuries the largely unseen and parasitic Krotons have been selecting the brightest and the best of the Gond people in their efforts to reanimate themselves, and disposing of the "waste material" when they are done with them.
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HASH(0x918f31e0) out of 5 stars Excellent for any Doctor Who fan! 10 Aug. 2013
By Steven J. Kuzma - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Since I have been trying to catch up on Doctor Who lately, this audio book caught my eye. I have seen an episode of Doctor Who with the Krotons in it, so it was interesting to see how they translated into a book.

In Doctor Who: The Krotons, the Doctor and his companions try to save the Gonds that are being taken into a machine after scoring high on a test given to them so that they can be used for brain energy.

This audio book was very descriptive and after I got into it I could picture exactly what was going on. The only issue I had with this book is that the Doctor's voice was different from the television show and sounded a lot like one of the other characters so sometimes it was difficult for me to tell who was talking. There were also a lot of different Gunds mentioned so it was difficult to remember who was who.

If you do not have any knowledge of Doctor Who, this book may be difficult to understand; very little to no background information is given on the Doctor and his companions. However, if you like Doctor Who, I believe that you would also enjoy this audio book.

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this book. I will keep my eyes peeled for more Doctor Who in the future!
HASH(0x918f32f4) out of 5 stars A very good Patrick Troughton story 3 Nov. 2012
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on
Arriving on a desolate planet, the (Second) Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are surprised to find it inhabited by a human-like race, called the Gonds. However, something very strange is going on on this world. A mysterious people, called the Krotons, are apparently selecting the most intelligent of the Gonds, and after some experimentation, killing them. It is up to the Doctor to figure out what is happening and why, and save the Gonds. But first, he's going to have to keep himself and his companions alive!

This is a very good Patrick Troughton story that first aired December 28, 1968 to January 18, 1969, and is composed of four episodes. This two CD set features the soundtrack of the original show, ably narrated by Frazer Hines (who played Jamie McCrimmon). Overall, I think that the BBC did a fine job of taking the original television show, and remaking it as an audio production. I enjoyed hearing the Second Doctor again, and thought that this was a good sci-fi story. It's definitely worth hearing!
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