The Fate of Krelos was the seventh story in the fourth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Nicholas Briggs and featured Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Louise Jameson as Leela and John Leeson as K9.
Publisher's summary Edit
There are dark skies on Krelos... and something gigantic is descending.
Meanwhile, the Doctor and Leela set off for some fishing in the mountain pools of Krelos. K9 has interfaced with the TARDIS and has reactivated the Architectural Configuration from the days of the Doctor's second incarnation. In passing, the Doctor notes it could do with a good clean. And there's a familiar piece of material snagged on the console.
Far up the mountain, an aged explorer is in trouble. Will the Doctor and Leela be able to save him and his planet? And what is it that K9 has discovered in the TARDIS?
Part one Edit
K9 lands the TARDIS while the Doctor looks for his fishing rods with a bemused Leela who doesn't understand his idea of fishing.
On Krelos the planet has just achieved worldwide connectivity. Geralk and Relly (his house-helper) argue over the uses of technology, while she wants to make food he wants to use a virtually controlled robot to go fishing in a pool at the top of the mountain.
Arriving at the control room with the rods the Doctor and Leela find it to be different, K9 having returned it to a previous configuration for his own amusement (misinterpreting an order from the Doctor). K9 glitches slightly and the Doctor thinks it might be because of dust, contemplating hovering up with an extra-powerful vacuum while dusting the controls with his scarf. K9 glitches, repeatedly talking about calculations. Leela finds a scrap of Jamie’s kilt in the console and the Doctor tells her about him. When asked K9 is unable to revert the control room to how it should be and the two leave for fishing. Having landed at the bottom of the mountain the two begin to climb while K9 keeps talking about calculations. The two observe the city of from the mountainside and continue their climb. K9 leaves the TARDIS to warn the Doctor of danger. Seeing and hearing him the two make to climb down when hearing cries for help from Geralk in his virtually controlled robot, having fallen. Using the Doctor’s scarf they rescue him and he explains how his body is asleep in the city and controlling the robot avatar remotely as he is unable to get about like he used to. Hearing K9 still warning about danger they give Geralk their rods after seeing he has broken his.
K9 warns of danger and that they should return to the TARDIS but is glitching badly. Once inside he warns of a TARDIS malfunction and the Doctor momentarily takes off and lands again, ‘hovering on the spot’, to try and fix the problem. Exiting the TARDIs they find it is now night and climb to the top of the mountain to meet Geralk. Once there they find his robot avatar mumbling about the end of Krelos and all the fish are dead. Geralk talks about the fate of Krelos being sealed forever by an unstoppable force before he ‘dies’, Leela recognising the sounds of death. Looking to the city they see it is destroyed. The Doctor is baffled by how it could have happened so quickly.
In the TARDIS K9 understands instructions from an unknown source and confirms the first phase has been completed and the next phase can begin.
Part two Edit
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- The Doctor - Tom Baker
- Leela - Louise Jameson
- K9 - John Leeson
- Geralk - Michael Cochrane
- Relly/Krelos Mayor - Veronica Roberts
- The Sevateem use spears to catch fish.
- The Doctor states that he has not seen the TARDIS' earlier architectural configuration since he had "a moptop and chequed trousers".
- The Doctor bought a vacuum cleaner in Brazil during the 39th century.
- The Doctor warns K9 against interfacing too much with the TARDIS, as its circuits are too sophisticated.
- The Doctor describes the TARDIS as "a wily old bird".
- Krelos City on Krelos is below the plateau where the famous fishing pools are.
- Geralk's sleeping mind is able to control a robot body so he can be active in his old age.
- The Doctor says he cannot cross his own timeline. If he did, he would be no better than the Celestial Intervention Agency.
- Under another influence, K9 says "no" instead of "negative."
- This story was recorded at Audio Sorcery.
- The Doctor previously fished in the River Fleet. He caught a huge salmon, which he shared with the Venerable Bede. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang) He would later try fishing again on several occasions. (TV: The Androids of Tara, The Two Doctors; COMIC: Time & Time Again)
- The Doctor hasn't seen the food machine in years. (TV: The Edge of Destruction)
- Leela refers to the Tesh. (TV: The Face of Evil)
- Leela has learned that mechanical men can be dangerous. (TV: The Robots of Death)
- The Doctor recalls the Time Lords' attempts to get him to interfere with Strang (AUDIO: The King of Sontar) and the White Ghosts. (AUDIO: White Ghosts)
- The Doctor refers to the Celestial Intervention Agency. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)
- The Doctor says that he could not just recruit an army of his friends from across time and space. He would later do so during his eleventh incarnation. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)
- Under the influence of the Cybermen, K9 piloted the TARDIS to Telos. (AUDIO: Return to Telos)
- The Doctor recalls his previous companion, Jamie McCrimmon and how he was sometimes a warrior. (TV: The Highlanders, The War Games)