Dr Who Return of the Krotons (Dr Who Big Finish) Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Jul 2016
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Such was fate for the krotons. only seen in a late 1960's story with the second doctor. A rather cheap story, and they were rather cheap looking creations.
But the strength of the krotons was in their voices. strong and powerful. Which makes them ideal characters for audio.
Big finish have thus resurrected them for a one off story involving the sixth doctor and his companion charley pollard.
This is a single story, complete in sixty minutes on one disc. It's set in the middle of a story arc involving the doctor and charley and secrets she has in regards to her origin. But save for one line near the end this never touches on that so casual listeners will have no trouble getting into it.
One a seemingly deserted and dead world, humans are mining the caverns. The leader of the expedition is not making himself popular with the rest of it. But when the krotons strike, all are in deadly danger.
This is a fairly standard story with a plot that doesnt offer any great surprises, but it's a competent production and a good script. The cast are great, especially lead guest star philip madoc. And the krotons voices really do work superbly in this format.
A decent little adventure all in all. Do listen to the interviews after the story as well, because philip madoc is an excellent interviewee and it's a really good listen as a result
This is a great story. The atmosphere of Onyakis has been created wonderfully well, and the characters of Ned Gillespie, Eleanor Harvey and Romilly, who end up with the Doctor and Charley are wonderful. The Professor is well paired in his investigations with Cobden, who is played tremendously well with suitably suppressed power, by Philip Madoc. Madoc is an old hand at Doctor Who stories, having appeared in several tv episodes (with Patrick Troughton in the original Kroton story, and with Tom Baker). The Krotons are one of those alien enemies who appeared once in a story (in 1968) and were never used again, but have remained a fan favourite, so it’s great to hear them reappear in this story, as nasty and amoral as ever.
A thoroughly engaging story, well written, well cast and well produced, the cd is completed by a short but extremely interesting interview with Philip Madoc.
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Overall, the story was competently done. It kept up a good pace and you didn't have to have seen the 2nd Doctor Serial featuring the Krotons to understand the story, nor did this audio spoil the Krotons if you wanted to go watch that serial later. The ending was slightly clever, though we get told about it more than actually hearing it.
However, while it's not bad, it's also not all that memorable. There was never much mystery about the story and Charley and the Doctor get very little time to interact, though there's promise of a momentous meeting for breakfast.
The one extra that comes with this CD is an interview with late Philip Madoc who appeared not only in this story but in the original Krotons series as well as three other Doctor Who serials with the second and fourth doctors.
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