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Doctor Who - The Power of Kroll [VHS] (VHS Tape) This is by far the poorest story in the Key to Time season, a season that has long held a fond place in my memory. "The Power of Kroll" satisfies my nostalgia only slightly. Watching it in recent years has not enamored me to it - it is a bland story, indifferently directed and acted. Even Doctor Who guest stalwarts like John Abineri and Philip Madoc look less than enthused. (In all fairness, Madoc auditioned for the role of Thawn; had he played this part he probably would have made the character more interesting. Being stuck with the role of Fenner certainly limited Madoc's talent for playing excellent villains.) The Swampies are also ridiculous, some might say insulting, cliches of a native people. For a story meant to be a commentary on colonialism and indigenous dispossession, "The Power of Kroll" shoots itself in the foot. There is also the problem of Kroll itself - when the monster rises from the swamps, the special effects are embarrassingly bad. However, the monster itself is a brilliant design, and the scene of it rising from the water to engulf the refinery IS very good (if you ignore the toy model of the refinery). The story is also fairly short, but it is not pacy - it's just a lot of running around, escaping and being recaptured, and basically going nowhere. There are a few positive points. The location scenery in Iken Marshes is wonderful and the final "confrontation" on the refinery platform is taut and exciting. However, it is spoiled by a boring and pointless "post-crisis crisis", presumably written just to fill up space. Buy this only if you are a purist and want the complete Key to Time series. Otherwise, don't bother.