“and now, here on BBC One, Doctor Who continues his search for The Key To Time…
With four segments now in their possession, and with only two left to find, The Doctor and Romana arrive on the swamp world of Delta Magna where they must find a way to defeat… The Power of Kroll.”
Kroll is one of those stories that seems like it was meant to be an episode of Blake’s Seven but ended up getting made for Who instead. You can just imagine Blake, Avon and Vila teleporting down to help put the mockers on whatever scheme the Federation have got going on and help the Swampies rebel in the process. But instead we get Tom Baker in a pair of waders and Terry Walsh proving once more why he’s a stuntman and not an actor. Neil McCarthy [Sam from Catweazle series 1] makes quite a good villain as Thawn, but I’d still rather he and Philip Madoc had swapped roles.
This was a fairly simple edit, the key to which was getting rid of Rohm Dutt during Kroll’s first appearance. That allowed me to cut out all that nonsense with the Doctor doing his dodgy opera singer routine and dispensed with the need for all those padding scenes in the refinery. Once the Doctor has rescued Romana, all he has to do is get back to the refinery to convert old squid face back into the fifth segment.
And so, with five out of the six stories edited, that only leaves me with one more to go. Ribos, Pirate Planet and Stones were each completed over two days, with Tara and Kroll only taking a day each. However, something tells me that The Armageddon Factor is going to be a bit more of a challenge than this one was!