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53. The Creed of the Kromon

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/13/17 7:52 pm
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I'm constantly getting tripped up by "Does this story require a previous story?" I feel have to defend my choice of "No" for this release, because if you try to listen to it in isolation, you're going to think you're missing something. And that's fair enough. You do need to understand that the Doctor and Charley are trapped in another universe without the TARDIS. But that's literally all you need to know. Besides, even if you have listened to "Zagreus" and "Scherzo" before this, they won't tell you want the Interzone is, or what the Kro'ka is. Those concepts are introduced here with scant explanation. There should be a previous story that explains these things, but there isn't.

I've got mixed feelings about this one. It's not a good story, but I don't think it's terrible. It's just dull and unpleasant. There's nothing egregiously wrong with it. And it's got some things going for it. A lot of people get annoyed by the anti-corporate theme, thinking that idea has been done to death. I have some sympathy with that view, but I don't share it. I think it's important that fiction reflects on the world that created it, and corporations are still very much a thing. They're still running the global economy for their own benefit and they're still threatening the long-term habitability of the planet. So, I'm sorry if that annoys you, but "evil" corporations are going to be thematically relevant for the foreseeable future.

This story also uses the theme particularly well. The Kromon aren't a corporation in the traditional sense. They are not motivated by profit in any typical way. They are, rather, an alien species that has chosen to organize itself according to a corporate hierarchical structure. That's fascinating, and it gives the Kromon their distinctiveness. Otherwise, they're just like any other alien invaders.

I suppose I have to mention C'rizz. I don't quite know what it is that I don't like about C'rizz. I've just never really taken to him. There are definitely things that I like about him, but overall, he just never really worked for me. I like the idea of a non-human companion, and audio is a perfect medium for that, but I just don't like C'rizz very much.
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 7/1/17 7:03 am
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Nothing special. The story drags on slightly in the middle sections and the "social commentary" is a bit heavy-handed at times, but there aren't really any major problems withthe story.
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Reviewed By: Stuart ClowesReview Date: 6/18/17 8:30 am
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Basically, just dull. The Kromon bear more than passing resemblance to Sil, but without any of the evil charm. Much of the middle section is full of escape, capture, escape, capture. As a satire on big corporations and capitalism it lacks subtlety. A disappointment.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 2/15/16 10:56 am
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The 'Divergent Universe Arc' continues with 'The Creed of the Kromon', written by Philip Martin and directed by Gary Russell, follows on from the events of 'Scherzo', which was mind blowing and made good use of the setting as a character, here we get to meet the inhabitants of the divergent universe, and they are weird. Whereas Rob Shearman's Scherzo' was creative, challenging and colourful, 'The Creed of Kromon' somehow manages to successfully avoid being all those things. Like Philip Martin’s other story it’s dark, dystopian and relies heavily on body horror.

The Doctor and Charley find themselves in a very strange place indeed. The story centres around the main characters trying to find the Tardis and avoiding the Kromon. The music seems to draw on the eighties with slow dark dripping synths and packed full of overmodulated voices. Garry Russell's directing is adequate but doesn't seem able to bring much momentum to this slow, dreary story. Paul McGann sounds a bit bored and the usually reliable India Fischer doesn't give her best performance. The story also introduces new companion C'rizz. Less said about that the better. The Kromon are torturous reptiles and like most of Philip Martin’s creations seem obsessed with corporate slavery.

It's easy to complain about a badly written story. They can be hard to direct and actors often seem confused or unable to give their best performances, but this is standard Philip Martin writing. Yes, he wrote 'Vengeance on Varos' but everything else he has written has been B-movie schlock. My point isn't that he isn't a great writer; although, that is true. My point is, why have him write a story that follows on from 'Scherzo'? This is just painful. The dialogue is terrible. I am not sure if this is the worst Philip Martin story I have heard but it is down there with the worst. It relies on shock and provoking a reaction. Sorry to keep comparing the two, but 'Scherzo' was thoughtful, whereas, this is just visceral.