(ISBN 1-84435-036-3)






 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



 The spheres are ruled

 by the insect Kromon

 who covet the TARDIS.

 Charley is captured


 a hybrid Queen, AND

 SO to save her, the

 Doctor must barter

 his knowledge of HIS


 opening up THIS NEW

 UNIVERSE to a race

 whose creed is not

 to create; Only to



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The Creed

of the Kromon








Whilst The Creed of the Kromon might not have been torn straight out of the

textbook, it certainly treads much more familiar ground than recent stories, particularly the likes of Zagreus and Scherzo. Of course, there’s still no TARDIS, nor is there any “positive time” in the Gallifreyan sense (though events do progress in a linear fashion), but save for these two rudiments, Philip Martin’s fourth Doctor Who story is a resplendently traditional romp.


And I must admit, after a flood of temporal paradoxes, domestic tiffs, and trans-dimensional gateways, it was refreshing to just sit back, relax and listen to the Doctor and Charley fight to survive in a different zone on the Divergent Crucible World. Both are portrayed much more in line with how their characters were presented pre-Neverland, although Martin does gently touch upon the Doctor’s growing sense of isolation stemming from the traumatic removal of his temporal senses and the loss of his TARDIS.


The termite-like Kromon make

for thoroughly convincing audio

villains. The lack of budgetary

constraints here allow Martin to

push the envelope with some

staggeringly bold, and invariably

quite horrific, imagery. Having

Charley transformed into a giant

breeding Queenfor the Kromon,

waking up from the experiments

with stick insect legs, stands out

in particular. Indeed, I found this

thread far more disturbing than Peri’s metamorphosis on Varos

or even her (apparent) fate as

Kiv’s host in The Trial of a Time Lord. Martin also uses some already established ideas

to devastating effect, for instance as the Kroka (a sort of customs official in the Crucible World’s Interzone) forces Charley to experience being burned to death aboard the flaming wreck of the R101 airship, as fate would have had her do.


Martins story also introduces us to the Doctors newest companion - Crizz, a Eutermesan native to this zone. And from the events of this story, it looks like he is going to prove very interesting indeed. Not only is his distinctive appearance far more exotic than any of the Doctor’s prior travelling companions (his skin is “chameleonic”), but he’s also emotionally unstable. This story sees him gun down his betrothed (whom the Kromon had turned into a breeding Queen), an event that is sure to leave its mark. Even the Kro’ka, at the end of the story, warns the Doctor that Crizz is a dangerous man and to be wary of him.


Altogether then, The Creed of the Kromon is an effective and gruesome tale. It doesn’t do as good as job as Scherzo did at conveying the sheer alienness of this new universe, but such abnormality wouldn’t be sustainable over a lengthy period in any event. The concept of

the Crucible World looks like its going to have a lot more mileage in it, allowing Big Finish

to tell traditional Doctor Who stories within an exciting and progressive framework.


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