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Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The Krotons on DVD!

Starring Patrick Troughton, Fraser Hines and Wendy Padbury as the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, The Krotons is the first of this summer’s Doctor Who DVD releases.

The release date is July 2nd, and the episode and commentary feature the late Philip Madoc, who died in March 2012.

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…

Doctor Who: The Krotons starring Patrick TroughtonSpecial Features

As ever, an impressive collection of extras has been collected for this release.

  • 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.
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality
  • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery

Accompanied by this evocative cover, The Krotons is released on July 2nd and pre-ordered now from Amazon for £14.99.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

2 Responses to The Krotons on DVD!

  1. avatar Gavin Noble says:

    Such a shame that this story is still in the archives when other better Troughton stories were lost. The only redeeming thing I can say about this story is that it is nice to have the first story from arguably the best writer of Who, Robert Holmes, in the archives.

    I am sure the Restoration Team will have worked their magic on the pictures, but it is a shame that we’re looking at 2013 before seeing the recovered episodes. This release would have benfited greatly from having The Underwater Menace as one of its extras.

  2. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    There’s quite a lot to like about ‘The Krotons’. I particulary like the bit when the Doctor chucks away his broken umbrella – the look on his face is classic Troughton…and I really like the Krotons’ faintly Brummie accents – they are overdue a comeback with a spiffy modern overhaul.

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