102 THE POWER OF KROLL by Robert Holmes
Illustrated by Bree Rubin“Tried to get a vintage pulp feel for this Power of Kroll poster :)”
SEASON 15 / STORY 5
The Doctor and Romana arrive on the marsh moon of Delta Magna in search of the next segment of the Key to Time. They are caught in the conflict between the native Swampies and the crew of a chemical refinery. The presence of a gun runner complicates matters; to make things worse, the Swampies intend to awaken Kroll, the giant god that lives beneath the swamps.
- DOCTOR: The Fourth Doctor
- COMPANIONS: Romana I, K9
- MAIN ENEMY: Kroll
- SPACE & TIME: Delta III
DID YOU KNOW? ~
- This is part of the Key to Time arc.
- The K9 prop would not work on swampy ground and so does not appear in this story. However, John Leeson appears in the role of Dugeen. He took the part after the actor originally cast became unavailable.
- Working titles for this story included Moon of Death, Horror of the Swamp and The Shield of Time.
- The BBC’s Head of Serials, Graeme MacDonald, was so unimpressed by the set designs in this story that he ordered that designer Don Giles was never to work on the series again. By coincidence, episode 3 includes a line of dialogue in which the Doctor criticises the decor of the Swampies’ execution chamber and recommends its architect be fired.
- The green make-up for the Swampies was specially ordered from Germany. Unfortunately for the actors, the remover wasn’t and so they either had to undergo chemical showers at RAF Bentwaters or have their skin scoured in the hotel. Many had a green tinge to their skin for weeks.