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Feature 6.5
Video 7.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 8.0
Audio 7.0
Distributor: ABC
Running Time: 145
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer: Simon Black

7.0


Dr. Who the Seeds of Doom

Having originally aired in six weekly instalments from January to March 1976, The Seeds of Doom revolves around the discovery of two giant, apparently alien seed pods buried in the permafrosts of Antarctica.  The Doctor (Tom Baker), evidently something of an authority in these matters, confirms the pods to be extraterrestrial in nature. 

When eccentric (read: psychotic) plant fancier Harrison Chase gets wind of the alien specimens, he decides he simply has to have them at any cost.  Then, unfortunately for botanist Charles Winlett, the pods grow into rather unfriendly plants.  They lash out at Winlett, who with the aid of some typically unconvincing makeup begins the slow, fairly unpleasant transformation into a Krynoid, a kind of intergalactic weed with a worrysome penchant for destroying all plant life. 

The Seeds of Doom features all the foppery, fake beards, shoddy special effetcs, ludicrous hairdos and self-serving psuedosciece that fans of Dr Who have come to know and love, and the serial is a firm favourite amongst longtime viewers.  Baker is at the height of his droopy, tweed-clad powers, such as they were, but the real star of the show is Tony Beckley as the truly menacing Chase, who at one point, dismissing the apprehensions of a subordinate, mutters the memorable line ‘I don’t care.  I must see what happens when the Krynoid touces human flesh.’  The rest of the cast are adequate, the storyline is compelling enough, and the two-disc set features plenty of extras – fans of the series can’t ask for much more than that. 

Audio & Video

Picture quality is surprisingly good, especially considering others Dr Who outings from the period often come across a little soft.  The image remains fairly sharp throughout, and Seeds is probably the best-looking Dr Who serial of the decade.  The DD 2.0 English audio is nothing to get particularly excited about, but the dialogue is clear and the two-channel soundtrack is up to par. 

Special Features

Disc One contains the entire six-part serial, an isolated score and an engaging audio commentary which features Baker, actor Michael McStay, Jocks Camfield, the son of the late director, the writer of the series, Robert Banks Stewart, and others.  Disc Two is solely bonus features, amongst them the featurette ‘Podshock,’ a fairly comprehensive Making Of featurette.






 
 



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