"The Krotons", which originally aired on the BBC as a four part serial in black and white between December 28th, 1968- January 18th, 1969, is now available from Greenwich Library as a single disc DVD. Click here to reserve our copy.
Starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, this installment of the long-running series has our hero and his two companions Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury) arrive via the TARDIS on an unknown planet. A human-like race called the Gonds are forced to submit their brightest citizens to the mysterious alien creatures called the Krotons in exchange for their survival.
The Doctor and his friends discover the awful truth about the fates of those Gonds who get selected by the Krotons and try to lead a revolt. But efforts by a sneaky Gond named Eelek (Philip Madoc) to mess things up, plus the Krotons finding a way to increase their number, cause some trouble for our heroes.
Not a classic, "The Krotons" does have it's moments. There's a frightening moment when we first see what the Krotons do to those Gonds who are sent to them (it's not pretty), and writer Robert Holmes and director David Maloney move things along with some suspense. But the Krotons themselves are, frankly the silliest looking aliens the Doctor's ever faced. Don't expect anything as scary as the Daleks or the Cybermen, however.
Extras on the disc include a very nice 52 minute documentary on Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor called "Second Time Around". Lots of interesting stuff here.
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