may have greater intelligence; stronger, more adaptable
but none has a greater will to survive..."
The second story,
in this four part audio season for the Eighth
Doctor, is "The Creed of the Kromon". Written
by Philip Martin, who wrote the two Sixth
on Varos” and “Mindwarp”,
this is his first Big Finish Doctor Who Audio story. It
is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded 13th and
14th May 2003.
Creed of the Kromon
stars Paul McGann, as the Eighth Doctor, India Fisher,
as his companion Charley
Pollard, and introduces new companion C’rizz,
played by Conrad Westmaas. C'rizz has been billed as the
first truly alien companion to The Doctor.
Making a welcome return
is Stephen Perring whose last significant part in an Eighth
Doctor production was as the memorable Sebastian Grayle
of Fear”. Also starring are: Brian Cobby, Jane
Hills and Daniel Hogarth.
According to Producer/Director
"Philip Martin is a writer I have greatly
admired since his ground-breaking 1970s TV series Gangsters.
I asked him for a straightforward, four-part Doctor
Who romp with insectoid aliens. My only other
criteria was that I didn't want it to feature Sil. Philip
was overjoyed - so he told me at the start of his writing
- to be back working with Doctor. Hopefully by the end
of the writing process, I hadn't put him off for life!
"It was good fun recording this one - we
were joined by Brian Cobby, who for the last fifteen
or more years has been the voice you hear when dialling
the Speaking Clock here in Britain. We thought getting
in the man who talks about time ("sponsored by
Accurist", obviously) into Doctor Who
was a great idea. We then learned that Brian also went
"5-4-3-2-1 - Thunderbirds Are Go!" for however
many episodes of Thunderbirds there
were. The man's a cultural icon!
"On top of this, it gave me the chance (like
I really needed one) to be thoroughly evil to Steve
Perring and Dan Hogarth whilst they were being the Kromon
characters. The Kromon drink a lot of water, so we thought
it'd be a good idea to get a wildtrack of them slurping,
burping, and generally drinking water in the most unattractive
ways possible. They thought I wanted about fifteen seconds'
worth (which indeed I did). We kept them doing it for
at least four minutes.
They were both very wet and very fed up of water
by the end. But we got our wildtracks. Well, all right,
you had to be there, I suppose. But at least neither
of them wore eyepatches!"
themselves within a new Universe, and without the TARDIS,
The Doctor and his companion enter the Interzone - a fearsome
nether-world protecting a zone ruled by the Kromon who
are insect-like creatures that are so adaptable that they
can thrive wherever there is the water to sustain them.
There they find
a landscape covered in spheres that look like giant anthills.
In there search for the lost TARDIS The Doctor believes
that within one of these structures lie the clues that
will lead him to his lost time machine.
they soon come across, and help, an alien creature called
C'rizz who turns out to be a chameleon. C'rizz though
turns out to be an escaped prisoner which could explain
why he is being fired upon by the Kromon. In playing the
good Samaritan our travelling companions find themselves
being captured, along with C’rizz, and taken inside
Alphasphere – one of the Kromon’s biospheres.
created the Interzone structure and why, who are the Kro'ka
working for, and who were behind the Company that the
Kromon based their creed upon? The Kromon control everything
and everyone. Worse than that they are everyones nightmare
– these insect like creatures have big heads with
antennae and mouths that could tear you apart. More than
that as The Doctor and especially Charlie are about to
find out. Who will be turned into fertiliser, and who
will suffer a far worse fate?
the Kromon’s biosphere The Doctor, Charlie and
their new found companion C’rizz are interrogated
and it is then when they are classified as being of
no threat, and maybe with The Doctor’s influence,
they will be able to track down the TARDIS and make
their escape. Kro'ka, the leading Kromon, then begins
torturing the intruders to discover their knowledge
which it seems even The Doctor cannot escape his malign
who has been separated from his female companion L'da,
discovers that she has been transformed into Kromon
breeding stock. This shocking discovery results in not
only C'rizz carrying out L'da's plea to kill her but
also the retribution of the Kromon which ends in Charley
taking L'da's place and being impregnated with Kromon
eggs and larvae and so turned into a hybrid-insect breeding
Doctor tries to play along with the Kromon until he
can find a means of escape but time is running out for
all of them and especially for Charley whose transformation
is well underway. To save his companion, The Doctor
must barter his knowledge of space-travel technology,
all the while knowing that he risks opening up all the
realms of space to a rapacious race whose creed is not
to create, only to plunder.
meanwhile loses all control over her own body, and her
own destiny, as her grotesque transformation takes full
hold. Surely The Doctor has not allowed things to go
so far and that he is not too late to rescue her?
The Doctor may be in no fit state to help her as it
looks as if he has been conditioned into acting against
his nature and seemingly heading for the same fate as
the other Kromon slaves. Put to work in whatever capacity
they are most suited to or if they have no useful function
then converted into fertiliser to assist the growing
conditions of the Kromon's food.
Charlie in deep trouble and The Doctor preoccupied the
true nature of C’rizz’s actions may have
been overlooked as there may be more to The Doctor’s
new companion than meets the eye. Something that maybe
The Doctor and Charlie will deduce for themselves if
all three of them can escape the wrath of the Kromon.
- Featuring the Eighth
Charley Pollard and introduces new companion C’rizz.
- Serial Number: 8P
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 130 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'04", 2 = 27'22",
3 = 36'46", 4 = 32'53"
- Total Story Length: 126'05"
- This story takes place after "Doctor
Who: The Movie" and follows on from last month's "Scherzo”.
- Early Titles: "Creed of the Kromon".
- Cover Illustration: Steve Johnson
- Recorded: 13th and 14th May 2003
- Recording Location: Christchurch Studios
- Released: January 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-036-3
|On the Back Cover:
is a fearsome nether-world protecting a zone ruled by
the Kromon. Theirs is an arid land of dust and dying trees.
Across the landscape are spheres that look like giant
anthills. The Doctor believes that within one of these
structures lie the clues that will lead him to his lost
spheres are ruled by the insect-like Kromon who covet
the TARDIS. When Charley is captured she is forced to
metamorphose into a hybrid-insect Queen and so to save
her, The Doctor must barter his knowledge of space-travel
technology, all the while knowing that he risks opening
up all the realms of space to a rapacious race whose creed
is not to create, only to plunder.
|On the Inside Cover:
WRITING FOR DOCTOR WHO and had said so at a convention
where my Vengeance
on Varos and Mindwarp scripts had been discussed. That was on a Saturday; on
the Monday I heard from Gaiy Russell that he liked my
outline of a proposed audio adventure. Just one thing:
he’d like an alternative to the dinosaur-like creatures
who had evolved into a reptoid form of higher management
and descended onto new worlds, managing their resources
into oblivion, so could I make the Kromon belong to the
insect kingdom? Yeah, sure, Gary, sure. So this meteoric
request consigned the race of Dilworth-dinosaurs to the
Sargasso Sea of the Martin brainbox.
A few mornings later I
began to recall a Penguin paperback I’d read aeons
ago - The Soul of the White Ant - that concerned
the way insect societies evolve and how each member of
the ant colony is linked to the mind of the Queen - what
she thinks, they do. Any regret for the loss of my first
concept of the race of Kromon vanished. After more reading
about ants and creepy-crawlies, I was ready to renew my
acquaintance with the good Doctor and his newest companions.
how intensive and demanding audio writing is, it gobbles
up stoly like an army of ants on speed. Then the freedom
that Doctor Who gives us all to imagine and create
kicked in. Soon I was shaking the furry paw of exotic
creatures like the Oroog and exploring the soul of a truly
alien race whose resilience and organisation make them
firm favourites to outlast us all. On that cheery note
I invite you to listen to the story and ponder on the
fact that there’s a lot of us, but there’s
even more of them!
Martin wrote two highly-regarded entries into the Eighties
Doctor Who canon – Vengeance
on Varos in 1985 and Mindwarp, the second segment of the
Trial of a Time Lord, a year later. He subsequently
novelised both of them for Target Books, and added Mission
to Magnus, based on an unmade script. All three of
these adventures featured the evil Sil, an elite member
of the devious Mentor race. The Creed of the Kromon
is Philip’s first Doctor Who script for
Big Finish. Oddly enough, this one doesn’t feature
the wringer that we’d put The Doctor and Charley
through in both Neverland
plus the unusual circumstances of Scherzo, we decided
right from the word go that the next play in sequence
would need to be a bit of a breather A good old-fashioned
traditional Doctor Who monster romp that reflected
the TV series of old rather than the more arc-based recent
adventures. Enter Philip Martin, whom producer Gary Russell
had met and interviewed at a convention donkey’s
years ago. Philip was responsible for Gangsters, one of
the BEC’s finest ever dramas and also amongst Gary’s
favourite TV series. Thus, when the opportunity arose
to work with Philip, the producer jumped at the chance.
For The Creed of the Kromon, the only things
Gary requested was the setting of the Divergent Universe
(in Philip’s original submission, the story was
set on the planet Zoden) and the inclusion of a new male
companion the producer had created, called C’rizz.
The Eighth Doctor
First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: “Storm
Eighth Doctor has gone through an extraordinary battle.
In order to save the life of his companion and friend
Charley Pollard, he and his TARDIS absorbed a destructive
energy force referred to as anti-time, which created within
him the personality known as Zagreus.
Whilst the TARDIS is now freed of the Zagreus energies,
The Doctor still has them, but subdued beneath his own,
far more likable persona. However, the Zagreus energy
means The Doctor can no longer live in our universe and
so has recently exiled himself into a universe ruled by
the unseen Divergence, which cannot be destroyed by anti-time.
Therefore, he can never return home...
First Big Finish audio appearance: “Storm
loyal, dependable and brave, Charlotte Elspeth Pollard
met The Doctor aboard the ill-fated R101 airship in 1930.
He rescued her shortly before its destruction and since
then, they have travelled the universe together. Recent
events however have had a terrible price for them both
and now Chancy, much against The Doctor’s wishes,
has gone with him into the Divergent universe, knowing
that she will never see Earth or anyone she has known
and loved ever again. However, Charley does not seem too
concerned about that and believes it was a price worth
paying to remain at the side of hen friend and mentor.
Charley was witness recently to the loss of the TARDIS
when they landed on the first planet of this new universe...
| Full Cast List:
||Daniel Hogarth and
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC