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The Power of Kroll: Part One 

The TARDIS arrives at it's next destination, the marsh planet "Delta Magna". Where the Doctor and Romana goes in search of the fifth segment to the Key to Time. Where they discover the ... See full summary »

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The TARDIS arrives at it's next destination, the marsh planet "Delta Magna". Where the Doctor and Romana goes in search of the fifth segment to the Key to Time. Where they discover the native tribal Swampies worships Kroll, a gigantic squid as a god, only to find Kroll has accidentally swallowed the fifth segment and Romana is chosen by the Swampies for sacrifice and The Doctor sets out to save a local refinery from being attacked by Kroll. Written by Daniel Williamson

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23 December 1978 (UK)  »

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The moon is never named on-screen. In his novelisation of the story, Terrance Dicks named the moon Delta III. See more »

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Romana: Oh, it's a sort of Holy Writ?
The Doctor: It's atrociously writ.
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Badinerie: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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It's OK so far, solid opener
20 August 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Doctor and Romana are searching for the fifth segment to the key to time, they land on the very green and marshy Delta Magna. We hear rumours of Earth people arming and helping the Swampies (the natives) against the ruthless human conglomerate mining methane on Delta Magna. The natives worship their God Kroll and are soon to sacrifice a captured Romana to it.

I realise that this is considered one of the weakest of Tom's outings, and the worst in the key to time saga. It's been a while since i've seen it so here goes.

The Swampies look a bit dodgy, little green men syndrome, they aren't too badly realised just a little bit clichéd.

The locations look particularly good, and the sets of the refinery look pretty good too.

It's seemingly a story of the good guys and the bad guys, but which are which, it's thus far a more grown up story, definitely more so then Ribos and Pirate Planet.

I've enjoyed it more then I thought, my memory of it was not good, but it wasn't half bad, feels a little like a Pertwee story, the hover crafts etc, but not bad at all, 7/10


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