Doctor Who: The Krotons
Composed By: Brian Hodgson and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Airing from December 1968 to January 1969 in four weekly parts, Doctor Who: The Krotons featured Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. In this, the fourth story of Season 6, the Doctor saves the Gonds, a humanoid race enslaved by crystalline beings known as Krotons. Silva Screen Records released the soundtrack of Doctor Who: The Krotons in July 2013 as part of their 50th Anniversary salute to the show.
Apart from the first track, featuring the theme of the show, the entire album consists of twenty-plus tracks of sound effects created by Brian Hodgson, British composer and sound technician for television. This season of Doctor Who in particular was created with a very low budget, thus forcing Hodgson to be innovative in his composing techniques. He is best known for creating the sound of the Tardis lifting off by using the key to the back door of his mother's house to rub the bass string of a gutted piano and then treating it electronically.
While I found the sound effects on the Doctor Who: The Krotons album to be interesting considering the time period in which they were created and can understand the significance of the innovation that went into creating each one, I found myself disappointed with this album. Let's face it, when one listens to a soundtrack, they are usually expecting songs or musical score, not a bunch of sound effects. There is only one song on this album and a whole slew of sound effects with a couple of tracks on the album sounding incredibly similar in style.
Doctor Who: The Krotons will make a great addition to a Doctor Who fan and avid collector's stash, but in reality, the price of the album is enough to put off any musical score fan. At upwards of $14.00US for the CD version and $8.00US for the mp3 album, is it really worth the money to purchase a bunch of innovative (for the late 60s) sound effects? Not for me, it isn't.