The Krotons

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Story Code: WW / Season 6 UK Airdate: 28 Dec 1968 to 18 Jan 1969 Doctor: Patrick Troughton
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This story aired in the following countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

New Zealand Herald, May 1985. Although it says "repeat" it was the first time the story had screened in NZ
Australia Aug 70 b/w
Hong Kong Nov 70 b/w
Singapore Mar 71 b/w
Gibraltar May 72 b/w
Nigeria 75 or 76 b/w
  • Hong Kong presumably sent its films to Singapore soon after transmission, as that was the fate of the RTV prints of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.
  • The films acquired by Nigeria may have originated from Singapore.
  • The ABC in Australia returned its prints to the BBC on 9 June 1976.
  • Prints of all four episodes were held by BBC Enterprises in late 1976 when the documentary Whose Doctor Who was in production -- these may have been the recently-returned Australia set.
  • Prints of episodes 1, 2 and 3 (plus the original negs of parts 1 and 4) were later found to be held at the Film Library by the end of 1977, although these prints may have been the same ones from "1976", just relocated from Enterprises to the Library.
  • The original 16mm film-recording negatives of episodes 2 and 3 had been donated to the BFI around this same time (by 20 July 1978). The BBC made copies of those two negs in 1978. (The original negs held by the BFI were later accessed for the 2012 DVD of the serial.)
  • A 16mm b/w print of episode 3 was apparently found in Taiwan in 2013. This may be the print from Gibraltar, returned to and junked by the BBC (see Taiwan Prints for more).
  • See also the Troughton Junkings page.


  • The serial was reissued by the BBC in early 1985, and sold for the first time to:
New Zealand Apr 85 b/w
United States from Feb 86 b/w
Canada Jan 90 b/w

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Krotons

  • Episode 1: The Doctor visits the city of the Gonds, where stranded monsters called Krotons drain the brightest Gonds of their mental energy to use as fuel for the Krotons' spacecraft.
  • Episode 2:
  • Episode 3:  
  • Episode 4: