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Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Death (Story 48) - Special Edition
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New to DVD! Digitally re-mastered Doctor Who classic The Seeds of Death Special Edition! By the late 21st century, mankind has become totally dependent on T-Mat to transport people, food and medicines around the world. When the system breaks down, Earth is soon crippled by global shortages. Traveling to the relay station on the Moon, the Doctor and his companions discover the horrific truth: the Ice Warriors have hijacked T-Mat, and intend to claim the planet for themselves. Can the Doctor defeat the Martians before Earth is smothered in deadly fungus, and the human race is condemned to extinction?]]>
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As always, I'm not gong to give a synopsis of the story itself. If you don't know the story by now, there are plenty of other reviewers who will tell you all about it ad nauseam. Rather, I'm going to focus on what I believe will help you decide if this product is worthy of your hard earned wages by reviewing the extras which, in my opinion, can make or break a purchase.
DVD Audio Commentary - With Wendy Padburry, Frazer Hines, director Michael Ferguson, and Terrance Dicks. I actually listen to each and every one of these, and usually enjoy them, especially when Toby Hadoke is NOT a part of it, and fortunately he did not take part of this one.
Text Commentary - This is different from the 2003 version. While I'm glad then when a new a audio commentary may be included, as well as the older one from the previous release, I get irritated that they don't include the old text commentary along with the new one.
Lords of the Red Planet - Is a documentary on the making of "The Seeds of Death. It covers the history of the creation of the Ice Warriors and their creator, Brian Hayes. Frazer Hines, Wendy Padburry, and costume designer Bobbi Bartlet are just a few contributors to this piece. I found this to be interesting and entertaining.Read more ›
At the end of the twenty-first century, a "T-Mat" (Teleportation) has replaced all other forms of transport. Manned space exploration has ceased due to the quality of life on Earth. The Doctor, (Patrick Troughton) Jamie and Zo arrive on Earth at the Rocketry Museum run by Professor Daniel Eldred. When the T-Mat relay station on the moon breaks down the Doctor and his companions volunteer to help Commander Radnor and his assistant repair the relay station by crewing a rocket Professor Eldred has been privately building in hopes of re-igniting an interest in space travel
We cut to the moon where we find the relay station has been taken over in a military coup by unknown invaders. Controller Osgood has been killed while sabotaging the relay system in an attempt to thwart the takeover, and his deputy Fewsham has been pressed into assisting the invaders. Locke (another tech) actively tries to contact Earth and explain the situation, for which he is killed. While technician Phipps concentrates on survival and looking for an opportunity for reprisal. We come to find the Ice Warriors, a militant Martian race, have taken control of the moon base and are planning to use it as a staging point for an invasion of the Earth. Fewsham repairs the T-Mat link on receive mode and Gia Kelly the Commanders underpaid Assistant beams through and starts to work on repairing the full T-Mat system.
After a rather bumpy ride the Doctor and his companions arrive by rocket discovering the situation and make contact with Phipps, who has evaded the Ice Warriors and is hiding in the moon base.Read more ›
As best as I can tell, the only thing new to the special edition are three good to middling new mini-documentaries that, respectively, trace the history of the Ice Warriors, look at the use of monsters on the show generally, and compare those iconic monsters that have made repeat appearances in the series. A fourth feature, which includes interviews with actors who played the Ice Warriors, is included with both versions.
In "The Seeds of Death," the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe land on a future Earth, which has given up traditional space travel with rocket ships and now relies on a matter-transmitting device centered on the Moon to ship freight and people all over the world. "T-Mat," as it is called, is hijacked by the Ice Warriors in a plot to alter Earth's climate. The Doctor must persuade Earth's foremost authority on rocket travel (now the curator of a space museum) to take one of Earth's rockets out of mothballs so that he and his companions can fly it to the Moon to sort out the trouble.
Louise Pajo is magnificent in the central female role of Gia Kelly, Commander Radnor's so-called "assistant" who singlehandedly keeps the global T-Mat system running smoothly. The use of lighting in this story is particularly effective, flashing numbers of a countdown, for instance, on Pajo's face to dramatize action that might otherwise be limited to model effects.Read more ›
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I thought this was one of the better Dr. Who serials from the Troughton years. The ice warriors(Martians) may be hokey and some parts of the story silly(the attack fleet doesn't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by No BS guy
I really enjoy to additional features provided with this story. It's nice to hear the people who made the show sharing their memories and providing context to how the show was... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nicholas A. Kritselis
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 12 months ago by VictorSlim3D
very good story overall would recommend to any science fiction fanPublished 14 months ago by Michael W. Wahl
This is the 2nd appearance of the Ice Warriors in Doctor Who and unlike the first story, simply titled The Ice Warriors, this story is complete. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Alex2814