Doctor Who: The Krotons (TV Soundtrack): (Classic TV Soundtrack) (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 Nov 2008
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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 Death… Programme notes compiled by Andrew Pixley.
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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.Read more ›
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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!
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!