Dr Who THE KROTONS: This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 28th December 1968 – 18th January 1969.
“When the TARDIS arrives on the planet of the Gonds, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover a world ruled and enslaved by the Krotons. The brightest Gonds are always chosen to serve as companions of the Krotons and are never seen again. The Doctor and his companions decide to put a stop to their rule – but in doing so, inadvertently unleash the true power and terror of the Krotons instead.”
“The Krotons is one of the final episodes, from the late 1960s, with the underrated Patrick Troughton playing the good Doctor. The Krotons is a clever story, including the best elements of a good Star Trek story as well as The Twilight Zone, with a lot of humor, and even a little politics, thrown in. The Doctor, Jamie (Frazer Hines), and Zoe (Wendy Padbury) arrive on the planet of the Gonds in the TARDIS and discover that the Krotons are controlling the best and brightest of the Gonds. At first it’s not clear if the Krotons’ intent is toward a greater good or not, but the slow realization of what is truly going on gives our heroes a lot to think about–and to try to rectify. In many ways, the political undercurrent in The Krotons is surprising yet very much of its time. There are nods to the Cold War and the control that Communism held on people behind the Iron Curtain, and there’s a bit of late-’60s countercultural rebellion against The Man, and becoming a resident of a house made out of ticky-tacky. There’s a good bit of unsettling fear in this episode too, and the fates of the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe hang in the balance for a good portion of the episode. This disc is packed with cool extras, including astute audio commentary by some of the supporting cast, the makeup director, the costume designer, and production managers. There’s also a great hour-long documentary about Troughton’s era as the Doctor, shedding light on his particular comedic bent on the character. There’s a BBC documentary, and a fan featurette, and several other great goodies that all Doctor Who fans will not want to be without.” –A.T. Hurley
• Commentary With actors Philip Madoc (Eelek), Richard Ireson (Axus) and Gilbert Wynne (Thara), assistant floor manager David Tilley, make-up designer Sylvia James, costume designer Bobi Bartlett and special sounds designer Brian Hodgson. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
• Second Time Around Faced with William Hartnell’s deteriorating health but with a popular TV programme on their hands, the Doctor Who production team hit on the idea of ‘regenerating’ the show’s hero. This documentary looks back over Patrick Troughton’s tenure as the Second Doctor.
• Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines (part one) Actor Frazer Hines reminisces about his time on the series in an interview originally recorded in 2003 for the BBC’s Story of Doctor Who.
• The Doctor’s Strange Love Writers Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier take an affectionate look at The Krotons.
• Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
• Programme Subtitles
• Production Information Subtitles
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality