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VII. Return of the Krotons

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 10/17/18 8:28 pm
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This story, the final instalment of the Return Trilogy, was my most anticipated from the trilogy. I can remember scouring the internet, looking for positive reviews and spoilers, just because I wanted to know as much as I could about it. And now, I can finally say I’ve experienced it.
Again, just like with my review of Return to the Web Planet, I must confess, I love the original Kroton story from 1968/69. It was one of my first Doctor Who stories I watched, and I’ll always love it despite the ridiculous costumes and the slow plot. That’s why I chose this story, because I wanted to experience the sequel.
This story is set in the far future, revolving around a human colony on the planet Onyakis. It’s fun seeing yet another thread of future humanity among the stars, although it’s a bit repetitive seeing the whole ‘we’re the only ones left so where did you come from’ theme. The characters are good, but I felt there might have been too many to occupy an hour story. They needed to cut a few for each character to have time to shine. As for the Krotons themselves? They are teased in very slyly, and slowly. I have seen reviews of people saying that if it was now known that the Krotons were in the story, it would have made for a massive reveal. Yet when the Krotons do appear, they literally just pop up in a scene and go “‘Allo!” There’s no real introduction to them. However, I do love them later in the story, with the massive army of Krotons, the crystalline waterfall of Krotons and the half-human half-kroton hybrid. Some say that this story covers no new ground - I disagree. We get to see another faction of Krotons in their might and strength, and see how they invade planets. In the original Kroton story, they were weak and damaged and there were only two of them. Here, we see them how they would be as an army.
The acting is great from all sides. Obviously, the one to shine is the late Philip Madoc, making his last Doctor Who appearance. He is amazing playing Rag Cobden, and it gives vibes of his other Doctor Who roles, while maintaining his versatility as an actor. Colin and India are great too, bouncing off each other. There’s a lot of chemistry between their characters, as well as the secret Charley possesses that she cannot tell the Doctor. It’s such a great character dilemma, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops in other stories.
There is something that is different compared to the other stories in the Return Trilogy, and that is the ending. It is not a cop-out, nor is it an info-dump. It is a solution that works well with the story, corresponds with story development and is enjoyable to listen to. It does come out of nowhere, but it is pretty clever and is sort of teased through the story.
So what did I think of the Return Trilogy? Overall, it’s enjoyable and I loved it. Besides the opener, the stories were strong and had charisma. My favourite is this story, although Return to the Web Planet follows closely. Return of the Daleks is a bit lower, but it’s alright.
Next, I’ll review another Bonus Release, Night of the Stormcrow, by Marc Platt. This story has a great track record, so I’m hoping it lives up to expectations.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/26/15 2:15 pm
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Nick Briggs seems to have two gears when it comes to writing. Fast paced, colourful explosions of action that are often hard to keep up with, and slightly dour, clunky storytelling, this is the latter. 'Return of the Krotons' has big production values, an average story and a diminutive duration. It's also a mixture of both old and new. It has Colin's Doctor, and Charley facing off against Krotons, with a few Space Station Nerva references thrown in. Despite the title and cover, this story gently teases the introduction of the Krotons and if this had been a surprise I imagine if would send chills down the spines of fanboys everywhere. However, a story that relies on touting a D-grade monster to sell it really doesn't inspire confidence. Of course, this was a free gift to subscribers originally but still the name and cover rob this release of a certain amount of impact.

Stragglers of the human race, fleeing from the solar flares, have resorted to scavenging on the planet Onyakis, led by the ruthless Commander Rag Cobden, played by Philip Madoc. The music is adequate and ominous, but unadventurous. The real strength of this is the acting, hearing Philip Madoc's dulcet welsh tones again is very satisfying. The characterisation and dialogue is also better than I have come to expect from a Nick Briggs story. Saying that, Romilliy's demise wasn't as emotive as it could have been.

This is a quirky little adventure, and I do love an hour long Big Finish production that can be squeezed into the day when you're in a hurry. Not sure this would be my first choice, but it's charming in its own funny way and I would happily listen to it again. Although, I do have to wonder if Nick Briggs simply wanted to add voice of the Krotons to his CV?
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/16/15 9:20 am
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The Doctor and Charley arrive on a planet where there's typically dark and mysterious goings on occurring on a planet with the discovery of some mysterious headphones that will signal the return of aliens not seen since the second doctor's serial.

Overall, the story was competently done. It kept up a good pace and you didn't have to have seen the 2nd Doctor Serial featuring the Krotons to understand the story, nor did this audio spoil the Krotons if you wanted to go watch that serial later. The ending was slightly clever, though we get told about it more than actually hearing it.

However, while it's not bad, it's also not all that memorable. There was never much mystery about the story and Charley and the Doctor get very little time to interact, though there's promise of a momentous meeting for breakfast.

The one extra that comes with this CD is an interview with late Philip Madoc who appeared not only in this story but in the original Krotons series as well as three other Doctor Who serials with the second and fourth doctors.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/3/15 9:23 am
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This was surprising, it didn't feel like a freebie, and it certainly ticks all the normal boxes that Big Finish so expertly manage to deliver in all of their work. A full on Doctor adventure with India and No.6 at the helm. I liked the use of the Krotons, and I also like the obvious humour of the reference in the peace by referring to them as Croutons, and their existence being a primeval soup. Colin delivers with ease, the tale of a post Sun flare society of earth cast out into deep space conveying the last of humankind into space to allow them to find a new home and start a new world. Of course we have to have an element of dastardly evil in the shape of power monger Rag Cobden a person with too much authority and time on his hands, who finds that the Krotons a parasitic alien, are in suspended hibernation, and that by a process of telepathy and being exposed to what the miners on the planet think is a useless mineral is in-fact the primeval soup that that have hibernated on the planet, the Krotons need the humans in order to fuel their existence (you get the overwhelming feeling of the Wraith from Stargate comparison here spring to mind). Of course having all of the Earth ship filled to brimming point with a ready supply of power, this, is a way of procreating their society. It soon however becomes apparent that the Doctor will prevail.

Mention must be made of Philip Madoc making a welcome return to Doctor Who drama here, and putting in a fine performance as the twisted Cobden. He does not fall into the pantomime villain character here, which was good. I actually could visualise this as being a 2 or 3 parter that I missed when Colin was the TV Doctor. So well done Big Finish cracking story, with, a formalistic storyline, but never the less a smashing way to spend a hour or so.