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Doctor Who - The Seeds of Doom [DVD] [1976]

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Tony Beckley
  • Directors: Douglas Camfield
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y3BEZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,919 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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...

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2010
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The final story of Tom Baker's second season as Doctor Who comes to dvd. This six episode long story sees the Doctor dealing with both alien and human monsters. He and Sarah Jane are called to an arctic research base to investigate something found in the Ice. Which turns out to be a Krynoid. An alien plant creature that could infect the world.

But the human monster, obsessive millionaire and plant lover Harrison Chase, would like the Krynoid for himself. And after he gets a Krynoid pod back to his manor house in England, the Doctor and Sarah have a fight on their hands. With the future of the entire planet at stake....

The Seeds of Doom comes from a time when the show was absolutely at the top of it's game. The programme and it's star were hugely popular with the public. The producers were giving the viewers gripping tales of gothic terror. And there were very talented people involved from the acting to the writing to the producing and directing departments.

All of which leads to six classic episodes. It stretches itself to six parts by concentrating on the arctic situation for the first two and then what happens back in Britain afterwards. This approach never makes it feel padded. And coupled with a memorable array of supporting characters - Tony Beckley as Harrison Chase exudes menace and is never over the top. John Challis makes his henchman Scorby a fully rounded character with some depth rather than just a thug. And you have to like man from the ministry Sir Colin, an astute individual worlds away from the self serving buffoons of the third doctor's years - this becomes good strong adult drama.

The Doctor does get a bit violent at times, but that's because he understands how high the stakes are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2015
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Tom Baker excels as the "Double-O 4th" Doctor, taking on a `green-fingered' villain in an epic action thriller. Twine your tendrils round this ripe fruit of the DVD range and take root in a classic tale of greed and grotesque greenery! 5*

(Review of the DVD Edition plus reviews of the Special Features.)

Robert Banks Stewart wrote only two completed stories for `Doctor Who', but two of the very best. `Terror of the Zygons' and `The Seeds of Doom' opened and closed a superb season in style. Where `Terror' felt like a Fourth Doctor story despite its earthbound UNIT setting, to me `The Seeds of Doom' seems like a splendid hybrid, a familiar offshoot grown from the serious science fiction action roots of Jon Pertwee's first season, plus darkness and green horror grafted on to perfectly match the rest of the aptly numbered `Gothic' Season Thirteen.

Tom Baker is at his very best in a terrific performance as the Doctor faces the appalling threat of the Krynoid, an alien plant species that will turn all Earth's green kingdom against the "animal parasites". It's also an unusually stern performance for this Doctor, there are a few moments of irreverence at the expense of villains and officials, but for the most part the Doctor is intense and serious with flashes of anger and quite ready to use direct violence in his desperate struggle to save humanity.

Whereas Jon Pertwee would have employed `Venusian Aikido', here the Fourth Doctor is a full-on action hero as he breaks through windows, jumps villains, bangs them against car doors, throws very effective punches, puts one thug in hospital and smashes another over the head with a chair (a moment that has Tom Baker saying "good heavens!" on the commentary!) It's more like watching Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Coupland on 5 Dec. 2014
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'The Seeds of Doom' rounds off Doctor Who's thirteenth series in fine fashion. Right from the very start, with the discovery of the Krynoid pod, it's a gripping story. A major contributing factor to this is Geoffrey Burgon's fantastic music.

The threat of the Krynoid is extremely nasty and the way in which characters transform after being infected by one of the pods is harrowing and very graphic. This is horrific stuff even by Hinchcliffe era standards. There are however times when the visuals of the developing Krynoid fall rather flat, especially with the part four cliffhanger with someone in a rubber costume lumbering up to the Doctor and Sarah. Later on there is a remarkably impressive model shot of the Krynoid creature looming over a mansion which helps to compensate for it.

The story features not one but two superb villains. Plant obsessed millionaire Harrison Chase is gloriously over the top and is played to perfection by Tony Beckley. Meanwhile Chase's hired thug Scorby, played brilliantly by John Challis who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, is probably the best henchman ever in Doctor Who, Challis is very convincing as the tough guy, but is also very good later in the story when Scorby shows vulnerability.

Tom Baker judges his performance perfectly, he effortlessly balances seriousness and eccentricity. The Doctor's joking around never interferes with the story. It's also a great story for Sarah Jane, she gets to save the Doctor's life at one point and she also stands up to Scorby. Elizabeth Sladen's performance is very strong.

On the downside, after an exemplary build up, it's a shame that the Krynoid is eventually destroyed by having explosives dropped on it, which isn't particularly inspired.
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