Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 22

The Krotons: Episode Four (18 Jan. 1969)

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Selris succeeds in drawing the Krotons out of the Dynatrope but Eelek agrees to hand the Doctor and Zoe over to them in return for their leaving the planet.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Wendy Padbury ...
Gilbert Wynne ...
Madeleine Mills ...
James Copeland ...
Philip Madoc ...
Richard Ireson ...
Frazer Hines ...
Robert La Bassiere ...
Kroton (as Robert La'Bassiere)
Miles Northover ...
James Cairncross ...
Roy Skelton ...
Kroton (voice)
Kroton (voice)


Selris succeeds in drawing the Krotons out of the Dynatrope but Eelek agrees to hand the Doctor and Zoe over to them in return for their leaving the planet.

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This episode was watched by 7.1 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


Zoe's jacket is torn in the resolution to the cliffhanger, but it is intact during the following scene. The jacket returns to being torn in later scenes. See more »


Featured in Second Time Around: The Troughton Years (2012) See more »

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A story which starts as a promising political allegory but turns into a filler.
18 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

The first episode is, in my opinion, a lot better than this story's reputation would lead you to expect. It comes across as an intelligently scripted, interesting political allegory. The story features the humanoid Gonds being exploited by a strange alien race known as the Krotons. This is the first script from future Doctor Who writing legend Robert Holmes and his talent is already starting to show in episode 1. However his talent is less visible in episodes 2-4. Another great talent and Doctor Who legend involved is Philip Madoc as Eelek. His great acting skills are not fully utilised but, of course, he portrays his part perfectly.

After the strong start the following three episodes turn into just a slightly bland, not particularly interesting 'filler' between more meaty stories in the season.

The final verdict has to be this is a mild disappointment, taken as a whole, after a promising 1st part.

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