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Daleks vs Cybermen... Who wins?
The topic today:
What is the most inane and unintentionally laughable Robot/Android related epidoes of Doctor Who?
My Choice: The Krotons
The TARDIS arrives on the unnamed planet of the Gonds, who are ruled and taught in a form of self-perpetuating slavery by the alien Krotons - crystalline beings whose ship, the Dynatrope, crash-landed there thousands of years ago after being damaged in a space battle.
The Krotons are at present in suspended animation, in a crystalline slurry form, awaiting a time when they can be reconstituted by absorbtion of mental energy. Periodically, the two most brilliant Gond students are received into the Dynatrope, apparently to become 'companions of the Krotons' but in truth to have their mental energy drained, after which they are killed.
When the Doctor and Zoe take the students' test, their mental power is sufficient to reanimate the Krotons. The Doctor discovers that their life system is based on tellurium and, with help from the Gond scientist Beta, he is then able to destroy them and their ship using an impure form of sulphuric acid. - Source: BBC Cult website.
First off, the Kroton props/costumes themselves. There are just too many shots where you really can tell the costumes are disintegrating under their own weight. They were oversized, and the actors within them could barely move. Beacuse of this, the script had to be hurriedly altered and some sequences cut because they just could not accomplish the tasks the writer intended.
The character development is also sub-par, but the Krotons themselves just stand out like a sore thumb, especially seeing as how most of the set design work in the episode is so bland and uninspiring.
A close second would be King's Demons, mainly because it was obvious from the get go that Chameleon was meant to win over K-9 fans, and the prop itself was so faulty and cumbersome, that adding Chameleon as a companion was going to be a royal pain.
Dishonorable Mention: Destiny of the Daleks
The writing for this one is pretty good, but K-9 was out of commission for the whole story, and the Dalek props were so beaten up from years of abuse and inadequite storage, it was almost impossible to take them seriously. This has got to be the weakest Dalek story, at least from a visual standpoint, in the series history.
Okay, folks... Flame away! ;-)
K-9, I Found You!!!!
Now, if only I could figure out how to build this prop inexpensively!
It was found at http://www.paratime.ca/v_and_v/k9.html
at the bottom of the page!
Cross posted sans Image to drwhochat
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About three years ago, I was killing time at work doing a Google Image Search for pictures of K-9. I came across this absolutely fantastic render of an updated version of K-9 a fan had done. He was all teched out, with a kind of black and yellow color scheme. It was really great!|
Now, I can't find it anywhere! I've tried Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and MSN, all of the Dr. Who fan sites I know of, and even a few sources that deal with general sci-fi fan art, and I can't find it anywhere.
Has anyone else seen this, or something like it?
Cross posted to doctorwho and drwhochat
Feel free to pimp this community out to any or all Dr Who/Sci Fi communities you know of... even if we have to "let" Trek stuff in... |
Actually, after watching K-9 And Company again the other night, he could be part Borg... he did refer to "K-9" as his Designation.
Okay... yeah... that's reaching a bit.
|» Question for you all...|
I am currently working on a script for a DW fan film called "The Forbidden Vortex," which starts at the beginning of the Doctor's 13th and Final lifespan. I have made the decision that, among other nods to the past, I am "bringing back" K-9 in the story. As things look now, it will be a newer version of K-9, and due to probable budgetary limitations, doing an absolutely screen-accurate copy of the original would be extremely costly and impractical.|
My conundrum is this: I want K-9 in this story, but I've seen my share of fan films where K-9 turned out to be an overturned cardboard shipping crate covered with Duct tape...
Obviously, I would prefer to avoid making my K-9 look like that.
So I put to you all... Should I start from scratch, so to speak, and re-imagine K-9, and if so, what kinds of things would you like to see improved, added to, or removed from K-9?
Oh, and when I get home, I've got the coolest pic to post I found on the net today! I should probably cross-post it to the Hartnell group... you'll see why later ;-)
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My fave Doctor, K9 moment is from The Androids of Tara. Where the Doctor and k9 are riding in a small boat. The Doctor says "K9 you old sea dog you". Love it.|