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The Creed of the Kromon (Doctor Who)
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 January 2013
This is the fifty third release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charley Pollard and Conrad Westermaas as new companion C'rizz. It is the second in a season of four linked Eighth Doctor stories that follow directly from the events of Zagreus. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

Following directly from the events of Scherzo, Eight and Charley set off to explore the new universe, and find the TARDIS. The Universe is different to ours, there are defined zones, physical and mental divisions between them, and one need the permission of the mysterious Kroker to travel from zone to zone. But the Kroker seems to have an agenda of his own. Here he sends the pair to the Utermisan zone, where they have a pretty rip roaring adventure trying to overthrow the Kromon who have enslaved the local populance and made the land a desert. Along the way we continue to learn more about the Doctor and Charley, and the yearning of Charley for children, brought up in Scherzo, now comes to the fore again in an interesting manner. And C'rizz looks set to be an interesting character, and adds an interesting dynamic to the team.

Some of the ideas might be a little old, but the story rips along at a good pace and is filled with some good performances. And some of the imagery thrown up, especially with Charley's strand, are excellent. All in all 4 stars for this story.
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VINE VOICEon 9 December 2004
Following the highly experimental Scherzo Big Finish's 3rd 8th Doctor season schizophrenically shifts to the complete opposite, with the highly traditional - and highly boring - Creed of the Kromon. The plot is the standard 'Doctor helps the rebels to defeat a race of alien overlords' type story, with the Zarbi-like Kromon given some abysmally cheesy dialogue. Somewhere in here is the idea that the hive species of the Kromon is a satire on capitalist management, but it never gets developed beyond a couple of jokes. The 'drama' here is stale and predictable - the Doctor runs around some corridors with the local rebel, there's shades of Vengeance on Varos as Charley gets temporarily transmogrified into a slug, and in a shocking denouement an entire previously unmentioned (and ultimately unseen) race of creatures save the day. The new arc of the Doctor searching for his TARDIS in the Divergent Universe is only semi-successful - the idea that this is a universe with no conception of time is rather ruined by the fact that the characters the Doctor meets obviously have a sense of history and linear time.
All in all this is deadly dull stuff, and liable to send the listener to sleep. The only possible reasons (or excuses) to listen to this is that it introduces the 8th Doctor's latest companion, C'Rizz. Unless you are a committed follower of Big Finish's 8th Doctor serials this is one to avoid.
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on 5 January 2005
The Creed of the Kromon is an interesting story. After the epic sagas of Neverland and Zagreus and then the downright un-Who of Scherzo, i believed things were back to normal with this one, delivering a standard who plot with a cheesy who-title. By no means a bad drama, i still recommend this one. The Kromon themselves are termite creatures (they remind me of the bug people in Jet Force Gemini) and there are a few other non-humanoid characters to happily visualise in your minds eye. However, importantly, this drama introduces us to C'rizz, new companion to Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor and India Fisher's Charley. Will this new addition to the group upset the balance? Well, thankfully, no. C'rizz is excellent - Conrad Westmass brings across the bereaved Eutermisan very well.
What complicates matters in this story are the many questions brought up, and not tied up. The second sun in the sky, the Kro'Ka (Stephen Perring is fantastic as this overbearing, sinister force, and i know we will hear more of his frightening voice over the next few dramas), BUT...where is the TARDIS? Its a great idea to finally seperate the Doctor from his beloved machine and have what looks to be a running arc of travelling through strange 'zones' to reach what appear to be seperate planets, in search of the old girl.
My reference to Sil in the title is not random. When i first listened i stayed clear of the booklet so as to keep the plot and characters a surprise. I found myself picturing Sil (from Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp) as one of the Kromon. The nuances, the stammer, the flicking of the tongue). I consulted the booklet to find this drama written by Phillip Martin, author of aforementioned episodes! It would be easy to see this story as another meeting with the green one had it been set in our universe.
What brings this down to three stars is inability to grip you and pull you through the plot. At no point did i truly desire to keep listening. Yes, the story was good but it wasn't truly mesmerising, unlike some of the other dramas out there.
Overall, not my first recommendation, but nonetheless a necessary addition, especially if you plan on following the arcs for the next season or two.
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