Serial: WW  Episode Nos. 228, 229, 230, and 231.  Title: The Krotons


Aeons ago, the alien Krotons crash-landed a spaceship near the city of the Gonds. The Gonds

became enthralled to the Krotons, giving them their cleverest youths to become Companions at

regular intervals in exchange for advanced knowledge via teaching machines.  When the Doctor

arrives, however, he and the Gonds learn the truth of what the Krotons haven't taught them, and

what's really been happening to the Companions, and the rebellion this knowledge touches off

could bring the Krotons' wrath down on them all....


starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe.

Written by Robert Holmes, Produced by Peter Bryant, Directed by David Maloney.

Originally transmitted from 28 December 1968 to 18 January 1969 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

1 DVD disc containing:

- All 4 episodes of the story, amazingly restored and given the VidFIRE video-look restoration


- Graphical menus, episodes and scene selection features.

- Optional commentary track by actors Richard Ireson (Axus), Philip Madoc (Eelek),

   and Gilbert Wynne (Thara), costume designer Bobi Bartlett, make-up designer Sylvia

   James, and assistant floor manager David Tilley. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Second Time Around - The Troughton Years.  A 52-minute documentary about the

   entirety of the Patrick Troughton era.  Includes interviews with actors Anneke Wills

   (Polly), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria), Wendy Padbury (Zoe),

   script editors/writers Terrance Dicks and Victor Pemberton, new series writer Rob Shearman,

   new series script editor Gary Russell, script editor/writer/producer Derrick Sherwin,

   director Christopher Barry, an archival interview with Patrick Troughton himself,  

   and archival text quotes from story editor/writer Gerry Davis and producer Innes Lloyd.

   Also includes five clips from the recently-found yet-to-be-released episode 2 of

   The Underwater Menace. 

- Doctor Who Stories - Frazer Hines, part one.  A 17-minute interview with Frazer Hines

    (to be continued in a future DVD release)

- The Doctor's Strange Love.  A 7-minute discussion of the story between Simon Guerrier

    and Torchwood/Sarah Jane Adventures writer Joe Lidster.

- Photo Gallery.  A presentation of still photos from the production lasting 5 minutes.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into a computer and you can have a look at the Radio

  Times billing for this story from 1969.

- Coming Soon Trailer.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD of The Greatest Show

   in the Galaxy.

- Information Text.  Displays pop-up production notes throughout the story as subtiles.