TARDIS materializes in the Wasteland, a desolate part of the planet
near the Gond city. Jamie finds a metal door in the rock face and opens
it to reveal one of the Gonds, Abu, just before he is vaporized. After
a trip into the Gond city, where nobody except Thara, the Council leader
Selris son, believes them about seeing the man vaporized, they accompany
Thara and manage to rescue Vana, just before she is to be vaporized, and
take her to Selris. Selris explains that thousands of years ago the Krotons
landed on the planet and after a brief battle have been instructing the
Gonds in new sciences and skills with the aid of sophisticated Teaching
Machines. For thousands of years the Krotons would name the two
highest achievers amongst the Gonds, the High Brains, and invite them
to become their companions. The Doctor and Zoe get selected as the next
High Brains and thereby meets the Krotons. The Doctor then discovers
that the Krotons are crystalline beings awaiting in suspended animation
until they have drained enough mental energy from the Gonds' brains to
be reanimated. The Doctor and Zoe enter the machines and their mental
power reanimates the Krotons. The Doctor realizes that the Kroton
life system is based on tellurium and then manages to destroy them with
The Doctor: Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon: Frazer
Zoe Heriot: Wendy
Selris: James Copeland
Thara: Gilbert Wynne
La Bassiere, Miles Northover, Robert Grant
Kroton Voices: Roy
Skelton, Patrick Tull
Script Editor: Terrence
Make up: Sylvia James.
Visual Effects: Bill
King and 'Trading Post'
Music : None.
Novelised as "Doctor Who - The Krotons"
by Terrence Dicks (0 426 20189
2) first published by W.H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd.) in
1985 with cover by Andrew Skilleter. New edition in 1991
with cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 99.
on Video as "The Krotons" (BBCV 4452) first released
in 1992 with cover by Andrew Skilleter. Also released in Australia &
New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4452), US and Canada release 1994 (CBS/FOX
Krotons" was a hasty replacement
for another story (Dick Sharples' "The Prison in Space")
which had hit script problems and ultimately had to be discarded.
This was the only story to feature the Hostile Action Displacement System
(HADS), which allowed the TARDIS to dematerialise if endangered.
episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings, though a 35mm telerecording of
episode one also exists. Episodes 1-3 were held by the Film & TV Library
when audited in 1978.
Film Studio Stage unknown. (12-13
Studio recording Lime Grove D. (22,
29 November; 6, 13 December 1968)
West of England Quarry, Malvern, Hereford and Worcestershire. (10-11
Tank Quarry, North Malvern Road, Malvern, Hereford and Worcestershire.
1 - At the very start of the story, watch
out for the sliding door which refuses to open.
Episode 1 -
After the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe leave the TARDIS, they start to climb
some rocks -- but Fraser Hines comes down too fast and crashes into Wendy
Padbury, who is thrown back several feet.
Episode 4 -
When one of the Gonds has his legs trapped under a rock, just before the
Doctor and Zoe can help him he shifts his legs slightly and the "rock"
wobbles considerably. It's then quite amusing to watch Pat Troughton and
Wendy Padbury pretend the lump of polystyrene is heavy.
Episode 4 -
While Jamie and Beta are making the sulphuric acid, at one point they
walk backwards into each other. At this moment, Beta's face mask has slipped
below his nose - but we then immediately see a shot from another camera
in which the mask is in place again.
Episode 4 -
The one time we see a whole Kroton (as it emerges from the Machine), spot
the bulge in the bottom section where the operator's leg is moving.
Episode ? -
Keep an ear out for Pat Troughton's tendency to say "Joey" instead
of "Jamie, Zoe" ?
Episode ? -
When the Doctor and Zoe are being taken into the Krotons, we see Jamie
coming to stop them. The strange thing is, we see Jamie starting to run
from a standstill, but supposedly he has just being running from somewhere