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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, John Leeson, Philip Madoc
  • Directors: Norman Stewart
  • Writers: Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O3M38E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Commentary by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor) and John Leeson (Dugeen)
Variations: Location visit from BBC Archive
In Studio: A glimpse into the studio recording of the story
There's Something About Mary: Mary Tamm looks back at her season as Romana
Philip Madoc--A Villain for All Seasons: Retrospective of actor Philip Madoc's numerous roles in Doctor Who
Continuities
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac feature: Radio Times billings

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Doctor Who: The Power of Kroll - Special Edition (No. 102) (DVD)

Customer Reviews

I am reviewing the three of them here as Meglos and Nimon aren't on DVD -or!!- VHS.
Black Cat de La Bear
Problem is, it just doesn't work due to deficiencies in script, effects, acting (swampies don't act well), you name it.
Ollie Robinson
Just break out the popcorn, take a drink every time Kroll eats somebody, and you'll be fine, just fine.
Andrew McCaffrey

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Black Cat de La Bear on June 8, 2002
Format: DVD
Power of Kroll, Horns of Nimon, and Meglos... The most underrated shows in Dr. Who. I am reviewing the three of them here as Meglos and Nimon aren't on DVD -or!!- VHS. Sure, the special effects are paper mashe' monsters that stand still for five minutes doing nothing, but if one had half an imagination one could suspend thier disbelief. Dr. Who is not to be watched as a Box Office movie or a deep emotional TV series with heavy serious issues. No, these stories are simply fun to watch. And the stories interesting because they are unique and sometimes surreal. And the enjoyment they bring is the bottom line, isn't it...
Think of the sets as a play. That is how this is done. The opratic costume designs of Nimon and Meglos. Ignor the fact that Kroll looks like a paper mashe'. If you see a play the sets aren't there to be 'realistic' they are there as a simbol of what they represent. I think the monster is quiet good in Kroll if you ignor the fact that special effects are better now than then. People are too spoiled by special effects in shows that I find pale in comparison to Dr. Who as far a story and characters. Star Trek Next Gen, Farscape, Lexx, all a bunch of over-glorified soap opra filler with mush and sex and special FX.
Dr. Who, an entertaining story with beautiful sets, even if they aren't 'realistic' or 'believable'. Surreal is what outer space is all about.
And on a final note: PLEASE RELEASE MEGLOS AND HORNS OF NIMON ON DVD(or at the very least VHS.) Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, and K-9(John Leason) are in both of them. Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Fox on May 17, 2007
Format: DVD
Well, with "The Power of Kroll" the Doctor and Romana's quest for the Key to Time segments progresses apace, although some might say this storyline is a step backwards for "Doctor Who" as a whole. Okay, well, it's not perfect, but in some ways it's one of the stronger stories in the Key to Time sequence, and typifies much of what I like in this show.

First off, to address the giant octopus in the room, the special effects used to represent Kroll are, well, less than convincing, true. That said, it's a bit beyond me why this particular effect draws so much flak, when the show as a whole has never been famous for dazzling effects. Clearly the folks responsible for this one got a bit ambitious, sure; still, the Kroll model itself is pretty good, it just doesn't integrate well with the rest of the scene. Today, CGI would fix that right away, of course, but in 1978 that option wasn't available. So it goes, but to blame "Power of Kroll" for the fact that SFX has progressed way beyond it seems a bit unfair.

But why do we really watch "Doctor Who" anyway? For imaginative, thought-provoking, and interesting science fiction stories that are also extremely fun and entertaining, that's what--and "The Power of Kroll" fits this bill nicely. First of all, it demonstrates that key "Doctor Who" strength of suggesting an entire complex environment with historical and cultural depth mainly through deftly crafted dialogue. You get a very real sense of a vast span of different human colonies in space complete with interstellar corporations, resistance movements ("The Sons of Earth") and displaced natives with their own mythologies. Second of all, a key theme running throughout the whole series is very much integral to the plot here, that of science vs.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on December 3, 2002
Format: DVD
I'm going to admit to something that may not make me very popular in Doctor Who circles. But here goes anyway. I like THE POWER OF KROLL. Go ahead; call me a sick man, a twisted fan, a Swampie-Lover and a reject from the Sons Of Earth. I don't care what you think. Yes, KROLL may be a outrageously silly adventure featuring some of the most awful special effects imaginable, but it's a story that I have fond memories of. The biggest flaw, and I mean this in all seriousness, is that Kroll completely fails to breathe fire, stomp through downtown Tokyo, or fire laser beams out of his eyes. If only he had, we would have been looking at a near perfect adventure.
Okay, I don't know how anyone on the production team ever thought that they could possibly get away with attempting to realize a sea-monster that's supposed to about a mile across. Doctor Who could rarely even get human-sized creatures looking right, and the result that appears onscreen here is both far better and far far worse than one would expect. Better, because the Kroll monster itself actually looks quite alien and strange. Worse, because whenever this surprisingly good alien creature has to interact with the rest of the story, it does so on the wrong side of a horribly obvious special effect line. The DVD production notes go into detail about what went wrong on the production side, but the long and short of it is that it looks absolutely terrible. It's a pity they didn't realize how flimsy and shoddy the creature effects would being and go completely over to the side of making this a comedy. One imagines that if the production team had tried this a season later, the monster and the Swampies makeup would have looked even more pathetic, but would have been infinitely more entertaining.
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