My Thoughts on Story 047 – “The Krotons”

So. Boring. Just…so very, very boring. Even thinking about this story makes me sleepy and upset.

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Zzzzzgrrrrr…

It didn’t have to be this way. The concept of this story isn’t horrible, but it’s also not very original, and really was rather poorly executed.

Let’s start with the Krotons themselves. Basically someone took the Robot from Forbidden Planet and downgraded it by several levels. These things just look terrible. They really aren’t interesting at all. They come off as (yet another) attempt by the BBC to not have to keep forking over money to Terry Nation.

There really isn’t a single interesting supporting character, and though there are a couple of cute little moments with the Doctor and Zoe, really, everything about this is just dull, dull, dull.

In point of fact, the only good thing about this story is that it brings us one step closer to the color era.

Cast
Others
  • James Copeland — Selris
  • James Cairncross — Beta
  • Gilbert Wynne — Thara
  • Philip Madoc — Eelek
  • Terence Brown — Abu
  • Madeleine Mills — Vana
  • Richard Ireson — Axus
  • Maurice Selwyn — Custodian
  • Bronson Shaw — Student
  • Roy Skelton, Patrick Tull — Kroton Voices
  • Robert La’Bassiere, Miles Northover — Krotons
Production
Directed by David Maloney
Written by Robert Holmes
Script editor Terrance Dicks
Produced by Peter Bryant
Executive producer(s) None
Incidental music composer Special sounds by Brian Hodgson
Production code WW
Series Season 6
Length 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Date started 28 December 1968
Date ended 18 January 1969

Next time: The Seeds of Death

Episode 232 – “The Krotons” – Part 04

Our heroes continue their fight against the evil Krotons!

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If only they could weaponize those sideburns.

We’re getting a rather unimpressive end to a rather unimpressive story. Jamie is off doing something, the Doctor and Zoe are trying to stop the Krotons, the other people are doing stuff, and…even just describing it is boring me a bit.

There is a mildly interesting sub-plot of “do we dare fight the Krotons, or continue on as their slaves?” But that really ends fairly quickly and it’s clear that there’s only one “correct” answer. There’s also an amusing bit where Zoe and the Doctor banter about where to stand.

But really, this is another boring part to another boring story. Still, I have the Ice Warriors next, and after that we say farewell to the Second Doctor!

Episode 231 – “The Krotons” – Part 03

Bit of a yawner, this. I watched it a couple of hours ago, when I didn’t have ready access to my computer, and even now I’m having trouble recalling anything of interest in it.

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Though the Kroton carrying what looks like a valuable Ming vase amuses me.

There really isn’t much to get a hold of in this story in general, and this episode is particularly dull. This whole thing is not, I fear, one of Robert Holmes’ best efforts, though the bit with the HADS was rather interesting.

Overall, just not much of much and nothing particularly noteworthy. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Episode 230 – “The Krotons” – Part 02

Well, that’s that. I’m out of excuses. I’ve fallen way behind and there’s no good reason. In my defense, the disc for this wasn”t in my blu ray player, and I’m very lazy.

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You can see how shocked the Doctor is by that revelation.

Anyhow, there’s now something called Britbox, which I can stream through my Roku. They have pretty much all of old Who on there, so…sigh. Yeah, I guess I’m just going to have to keep going now.

So we pick up where we left off, with the Doctor and friends being menaced by something that looks like an evil desk lamp. That particular situation gets settled fairly quickly, and we then move on to…whatever the rest of this episode is about.

Zoe gets to spend some time looking at math. That seems to please her quite a bit. It’s an odd little moment, but ok. For his part, Jamie seems to be keeping himself busy tending to a woman we saw in the previous episode.

I do have the say that the math animation (mathimation?) that we get from the Kroton teaching machine is kind of neat.

On the other hand, we also get a glimpse of the Krotons, and that is not neat. Their design really is rather awful, even by 1960s, low-budget, BBC standards.

And our episode ends with Jamie being captured and tormented by the Crystal People!

Episode 229 – “The Krotons” – Part 01

Today we begin a new story, where the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe face up against the evil of…the Krotons!

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Delish!

Our heroes arrive on a strange alien world where the Hunger Games appear to be happening. Yeah, it’s that old trope of “people sending their youth to be sacrificed to the bad guys”. I hate it so.

Anyhow, they interrupt the sacrifice, one of the tributes dies, and the other one is left catatonic, and…well, I develop a certain sense of empathy with the latter.

This story is just not one of my favorites, and this episode is pretty dull. It should be exciting and interesting, and set up an entertaining story to come. But not so much. Instead it’s a bit of a yawn. Shame.