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The Swampies, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Power of Kroll) known to themselves as the People of the Lakes, were a race of green-skinned humanoids from the planet Delta Magna. When humans colonised the planet, they forced the Swampies to move offworld to Delta III, one of the planet's moons.

Without proper technology, the Swampies became primitives, operating as a tribe and performing sacrifices. Their technology was also very basic and so they relied on their environment during conflict.


Swampies were humanoid in shape but their skin was green in colour. Their hair was always braided and it was also green. As they could not rely on advanced technology, the Swampies were usually agile. They had dark blood. (TV: The Power of Kroll)


Swampies were greatly opposed to the presence of humans on Delta III. They intended to overthrow them by force and knew them as the "dry-foots".

The Swampies worshipped Kroll as a god and relied upon him to defeat their enemies. They performed dances of worship to praise him and offered sacrifices to appease him. Their methods of sacrifice varied greatly as dictated by the Seven Holy Rituals.

One such method involved an individual pretending to be Kroll by dressing up. Another involved the use of vines tied around the sacrifice. The vines would constrict in the sunlight becoming tighter until the victim's back was broken.

Swampies operated as a tribe with an appointed head who was also the religious leader. They were literate and had a large book that recounted their history, though their pictures were better than their writing.

Because of their simple lifestyle, the humans considered them to be dumb and foolish. Ranquin was aware of such opinions and objected to them. (TV: The Power of Kroll)


Swampies with guns

Swampies armed with Rohm-Dutt's guns. (TV: The Power of Kroll)

The Swampies had a low level of technology, which meant they were easily evicted by the humans. They generally used spears and lived in grass huts. They made use of their environment, such as using vines to kill people in sacrifice. They were incapable of effectively using firearms as they had never encountered such weapons. (TV: The Power of Kroll)


Colonisation of Delta III[]

The Swampies were originally native to Delta Magna, but were moved to Delta III, one of the planet's moons by human colonists, who they referred to as "dry foots". They had human allies in the group, Sons of Earth. However, the Sons' form of support proved ineffective because it relied more on political pressure rather than anything involving action.

They predicted this with their sacred relic, actually the fifth segment of the Key to Time, and accepted this movement.

Worship of Kroll[]

The colonists also transplanted several giant squid to the moon for the Swampies to hunt. One of these ate the sacred relic and mutated into the "god", Kroll. When the humans discovered that methane could be gathered on the moon they set up a refinery to gather it. They also gathered protein that was sent to Delta Magna. This angered the Swampies, who turned to a religious leader, Ranquin.

Swampie dance

The Swampies praise Kroll. (TV: The Power of Kroll)

They were supplied with guns by Rohm-Dutt. They praised Kroll at night, intending to attack the dry foots the next day. They encountered a patrol in the swamp and fired. The guns misfired and Kroll appeared and attacked them.

They realised that Rohm-Dutt was working for the refinery, and they took him prisoner. They also captured the Fourth Doctor and Romana. They devised an elaborate execution for them but they escaped. They pursued them but Kroll attacked them. This shook their belief in Kroll as their god.

The Swampies attacked the refinery as did Kroll. Kroll killed Ranquin and the Doctor restored the beast to his normal size. The refinery was closed and the Swampies freed from its oppression. (TV: The Power of Kroll)