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Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom (Story 85)

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When two mysterious seed pods are unearthed in the Antarctic, a crackpot millionaire commandeers one of them for his English garden.

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen
  • Directors: Douglas Camfield
  • Writers: Robert Banks Stewart
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q9ECNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Jeffrey Ellis on November 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have to admit that I'm partial to the Seeds of Doom because the fifth segment was the first episode of Dr. Who that I ever saw. I was only seven or eight at the time and the sight of evil, intergalactic plants taking over unwitting human beings was one of the most terrifying that I had ever seen. Well years later, the image isn't quite as scary but the story and the performances still hold up remarkably well as the Doctor (played here by Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith (one of my favorite companions -- an opinion that is apparently shared by many fans) confront insane, plant-obsessed millionaire Harrison Chase (played to cold perfection -- and with an admirably serious air -- by Tony Beckley) and the evil alien fungus that he has unwittingly brought back to life. This seriel was written by a veteran of the Avengers and, as such, doesn't play so much as a traditional installment of Dr. Who but instead as an especially elaborate Avengers episode in which Patrick McNee has been replaced by Tom Baker and Diana Rigg by Elisabeth Sladen. As such, the Doctor is willing to engage in hand-to-hand combat with Chase's henchmen and more time is spent on espionage than the usual fantasy and philosophical metaphors than longtime Dr. Who fans might expect. No matter for the change in pace is handled well by both Baker and Sladen and the seriel comes across not as an abberation but instead just a rare chance to look at another side of the Doctor's universe. Even with a longer running time than most of the Tom Baker seriels, the Seeds of Doom is still a remarkably quick paced adventure that holds up remarkably well and is a great deal of fun for both fans of the show and, dare I say, nonfans as well. With its many twists and compelling cliffhangers, the Seeds of Dooms is reminiscent, in many ways, of the classic seriels from the early days of cinema and, for me personally, ranks closely behind The Talons of Weng-Chiang amongst the best of the Tom Baker years.
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When scientists unearth two seed pods deep in the arctic permafrost, the Doctor and Sarah Jane rush to investigate. Soon the Doctor's worst fears are confirmed: the pods house Krynoids, one of the most parasitic and dangerous life forms in the universe. One of the creatures has already infected a scientist and now a hideous monster is rampaging through the Base, intent on total destruction.

When the second pod is stolen amidst the escalating carnage, it is transported into the hands of insane botanist Harrison Chase. From his mansion in England, the plant-obsessed Chase will allow the pod to split open. Both the ruthless millionaire and the rapidly growing carnivorous Krynoid are intent on infecting and destroying our entire world...

Special Features
* Podshock Examining the making of The Seeds of Doom
* Playing the Green Cathedral The music of Geoffrey Burgon
* Stripped for Action A look at the comic strip adventures of the Fourth Doctor
* Now & Then Locations used in The Seeds of Doom, 24 years on
* So What Do You Do Exactly? The roles of the Production Assistant and Production Unit Manager, with Graeme Harper
* Isolated Score
* Trails and Continuity
* Radio Times Billings & Douglas Camfield's Paper Edit (PDF DVD-ROM - PC/Mac)
* Production Information Subtitles
* Photo Gallery
* Coming Soon Trailer
* Easter Eggs
* Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
* Commentary by Tom Baker (The Doctor), John Challis (Scorby), Kenneth Gilbert (Dunbar), Michael McStay (Moberley), Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer), Robert Banks Stewart (Writer), Roger-Murray Leach (Designer) and Joggs Camfield (son of Douglas Camfield, Director)
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Is this the best episode of Baker's seven-year run as the Doctor? Quite possibly. Certainly it is up there with "Horror of Fang Rock" and "The Talons of Weng Chiang" on my list of personal favorites. All of the elements which made the series so good are here -- terrific chemistry, Gothic horror, campy dialogue, over the top villainy, and of course that all-purpose English manor, which appeared in about 17 episodes and which I think actually belonged to Mick Jagger (it gets blown up at the end, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of it).
I have to say the criticisms of this episode that I've read seem silly to me. Bad special effects? When were the effects in this series ever good? In my view it has only two flaws -- it's too long to watch comfortably in one sitting and there are way too many escapes and recaptures, the Doctor & Sarah spend half the episode getting tied up and the other half escaping, and there is a ridiculous Dr. Evil moment where the villain, Chase, devises an elaborate and horrible death for the Doc and then leaves the room, allowing him to escape, instead of just shooting him....sigh...don't these crazy bad guys ever learn?) -- but they are pretty minor in compared to what works.
"Seeds" begins at a lonely scientific research station in the Antarctic, a la "The Thing." And just like "The Thing" the bumbling scientists unearth something from the ice that would better have been left alone. In this case, a large seed pod. They send pics back to London, where the Doctor identifies the pod as a sentient alien plant called the Krynoid, which has unlimited growth potential and a big appetite for human flesh. He and Sarah make tracks for the South Pole to make sure the ticking green bomb stays frozen and harmless.
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