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

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , Douglas Camfield    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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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 (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y3BEZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,574 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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Doctor Who Seeds of Doom Two alien seed pods are found buried in the Antarctic permafrost and the Doctor realises that they are from a Krynoid, a form of plant life that infects and transforms all animal life on planets upon which it becomes established. The Doctor must stop eccentric plant collector Harrison Chase from using the pods for wrong doing. Starring Tom Baker

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the alien plant creatures 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the best 30 April 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
It is generally perceived that Tom Bakers first two seasons as the Doctor were his best, and possibly the best ever. There are one of two stories which do stand above the rest. The brilliant Seeds of Doom being one of these.
I always felt that some of the earlier 6+ parters had too much padding causing boring repetiveness. Not so here. This story has the depth to be worthy of a six parter. Tom and Elizabeth really shine here and there are some terrific supporting performances too. Notably Harrisson Chase the meglomanic Millionaire who grows steadily madder by the second and thinks he is part of the plant world. Great Production, Great Costume Design and Direction. What more can you ask for in a Who story?. (Except Leighbridge-Stewart, Benton and co. as the UNIT team brought in). Nevertheless, TERRIFIC STUFF!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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It's taken a while for 'The Seeds of Doom' to be released on DVD, but the reputation of this six-part finale to Tom Baker's second season as the Doctor precedes it and it's a welcome addition to the range. The story itself is practically the stuff of Doctor Who legend, owing a great deal to Quatermass and the Day of the Triffids, but with a couple of modern-day twists so that the action begins in Antarctica before moving to the Home Counties for the last four episodes. It's a dark, horrific tale well suited to an autumn or winter night, although Douglas Camfield's direction is atypical for the series at the time- it's more physical than the "Gothic" style of Philip Hinchcliffe's producership generally tended to be, and this brings out a bit more edge in Tom Baker's Doctor. Similarly, Geoffrey Burgon's incidental music is a departure from the series' norm and adds to the strange atmosphere although the acting is uniformly good, with Tony Beckley turning in a distinctive performance as the deranged Harrison Chase and "Boycie" John Challis as a particularly nasty heavy.

The package of extras is as good as can be expected given that several important people connected with the production are no longer alive and composer Geoffrey Burgon passed away several months after recording his contributions. A large number of the supporting cast and behind-the-scenes staff contribute their memories, while there are also features on how the story was made and a return to the stately home where the story was filmed. A good package all round, although in spite of the story's reputation, it probably won't be to everybody's taste as it concentrates on action and horror at the expense of wit and charm.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker's Finest 3 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This story is the highlight of the Tom Baker era and one of the best Dr.Who stories of them all. The Antarctica scenes are well done and the story never sags across six episodes. The transformation scenes are almost painful to watch and the large Krynoid at the end is surprisingly effective.
Scorby (played by John Challis- Boycie from Only Fools and Horses) undergoes genuine character development over the course of the story so that we're almost saddened by his (somewhat gratuitous) demise.
Evoking memories of The Thing From Outer Space this was one of the last truly creepy Doctor Who stories - sublime.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DW adventures ever!! 28 May 2001
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This is definitely one of the best DW adventures. Tom Baker is absolutely wonderful as the Doctor and here, he gives one of his best performances. He and Elisabeth Sladen are so natural together and they make a wonderful team. There are some great supporting performances, most notably from Tony Beckley as Harrison Chase an insane megalomanic millionaire. John Challis is also really good as Chase's No1 heavy, Scorby. Great plot Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another true classic Who story
Mid 70's Saturday evening tv was not complete without the sounds of the tardis and maybe the greatest Dr Who ever Tom Baker in your living room. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MrBen
5.0 out of 5 stars Krynoids rule!
My memory of this story was shaped by years of not seeing it. I thought it was rather campy, with the over-the-top portrayal of Harrison Chase. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark E. Askren
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Who fans
This story is a must for Doctor Who fans. The two leads are on top form, and watch out for John Challis as a brilliant henchman. Great stuff.
Published 5 months ago by Simon Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the good ones
Great characters in this one Scorbie and main evil character is brilliantly acted. Recommended Just ignore the fully grown effect of the Krynoid.
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Does The Thing
How many times can you write "yet another Tom Baker classic"? Probably for most stories in his first three seasons and this is no exception. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not my first choice of the early Doctor Who series
I remember watching this series in my younger days. The story is good but relies heavily on special effects which, in the 1970's, cant compare with the special effects of todays... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Tom Baker Era
Very enjoyable and entertaining. I am trying to collect all of the DVD's of Tom Baker, Bill Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy (I already... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Greg Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars House that Jack Built
And it gets how big? That big? Blimey, so it does! And that was Keeler? So where is he now? Oh, right. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alex Lyon
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Entertaining Story
"The seeds of doom" was Tom Baker's final story in his second season, which this is a great story to finish off the series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Domineering Performance.
Another favourite doctor here. Considering this was a relatively early Tom Baker story, you can see why directors had trouble with him as he tends to dominate the story - I suppose... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Spender1
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