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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the alien plant creatures
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...
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by Paul Tapner

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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 Doctor Who series. I would only recommend The Seeds of Doom to someone wanting a trip down memory lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the alien plant creatures, 15 Nov 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Seeds of Doom [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
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. There's some rather gruesome alien possession as the Krynoid takes over people. And it is a bit of a weak exit from the series for UNIT, as their last appearance in a 1970s story sees none of the regular shows. But you can't really criticise. This is classic Doctor Who. Well made and acted and superb entertainment all round.

This is a two disc edition. All six episodes of the story are on disc one.

It has the following language options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

English audio captions.

A commentary from Tom Baker and several members of cast and crew plus the son of the late Douglas Camfield, who directed it.

Disc two has the following extras:

Photo gallery of shots from the story and it's production.

Production information subtitles.

Radio times billings for the story and the director's paper edit as PDF Files that can be viewed by putting the disc into a computer.

'Podshock': A thirty seven minute long documentary about the making of the story.

'Playing the green cathedral', a ten minute long interview with composer of the incidental music for the story. Even if you're not musically minded this is quite interesting viewing as he's a good interviewee.

'Stripped for action: fourth doctor', another in the series that has spread across this range looking at the Doctor's time in comic strips this covers the fourth doctor's era and runs for twenty minutes. Possibly only of interest to comic fans but even so it's an interesting look at how the monthly doctor who magazine began and changed the landscape of the form in many ways.

'Now and then', runs for nine minutes and looks round Athelhampton House in Dorset which was used for a lot of the location filming. Showing off some very lovely scenery this is well worth a watch.

'So what do you do exactly?' has production assistant and later director of other doctor who stories Graeme Harper explain, in a six minute feature, what some of the jobs you always see on tv show credits entail. If you're curious about that then this is very good viewing,

Isolated score gives you the chance to listen to the music from the story on it's own.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range of dvds.

And there are two easter eggs which can be found by watching the second disc on a computer and moving the pointer over the special feature screens till they light up a hidden doctor who logo. There's one on each of the two pages of special features on this disc. The first shows a very funny outake. And the second has actor John Challis [Scorby] tell of the time when Doctor Who met another famous BBC character. It's a funny little anecdote.

The story alone makes this worth five stars, but there's a pretty good batch of extras to go with it.
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10 of 11 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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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "On any planet where the Krynoid gets established, all animal life is extinguished"., 18 Nov 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House that Jack Built, 18 Aug 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Seeds of Doom [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
And it gets how big? That big? Blimey, so it does! And that was Keeler? So where is he now? Oh, right.

Such it is to make a story truly gruesome; the special effects are important, but more so is that the situation is taken seriously, which in this case means following to its conclusion the Krynoid's biological imperative to survive. Stevenson's ambition and Chase's obsession are merely opportunities, incidental to the unthinking need for the plant to germinate, grow, seed and consume - and there is very little available to stop it.

Harrison Chase is a brilliant personification of plant-obsessed psychopathy, given with needle sharp relish by Tony Beckley; high, black gloved camp - rich, spiteful, spoiled. John Challis (later Boycie in Only Fools) does a very nice line in thuggish menace as the generally contemptible Scorby, and Seymour Green is finely understated as the butler, Hargreaves, emollient and pettish by turns (his platitudes to the stricken Keeler are faultlessly served).

Besides these, Kenneth Gilbert is nicely acid as Dunbar, while Michael Barrington is clearly just doing what he's good at as Sir Colin (though doing it well). Sylvia Coleridge is lovely as Amelia Ducat - complete with improbable red hat, blue NHS glasses and black cigarettes - she steals every scene she's in, and is a delight to watch.

The filming is very fine throughout; the sandpit works exceedingly well as Antarctica, and the stuff around Athelhampton House is fantastic. Someone clearly did something very clever with the lighting, as it doesn't look nearly as cold as it must have been.

The Krynoid, from pod to towering monster, is superb and horrible. John Gleeson and Mark Jones are both very well cast as the men destined to turn into plants - the former had an atypical gait as a result of hip failure. while the latter was very tall and flopped like a stricken marionette. The growth phase that features huge tentacles growing out of each side of Keeler's head is particularly horrid, and the shots of the full size - two man - creature, towering at 50' tall above the house, don't look like the CSO that they surely are.

By the end of Episode 6, with UNIT failing miserably, Henderson minced, and Scorby drowned by the pondweed (brilliant) the story does seem to be running out of ideas, so thank goodness for the RAF, incinerating the nasty plant - if only we'd thought of doing that when it was still in the pod!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker's Finest, 3 Jun 2003
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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16 of 19 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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Interesting, a human being whose blood is slowly turning into vegetable soup...", 31 Aug 2007
The above is just one of the memorable lines uttered by Tom Baker's Doctor in this, what is regarded by many as the start of the so-called 'golden era' of Doctor Who. First broadcast in 1975 at the end of the fourth Doctor's second season, the serial sees Baker really hit his stride whilst Elisabeth Sladen exudes confidence; the resulting chemistry cementing the series' greatest double-act until Lalla Ward's Romana came along.
Not really one of the much-vaunted 'gothic' stories, this is more of a 'Boy's Own' romp, the action switching from Antarctic wastes to the mansion belonging to the sinister Harrison Chase, an unhinged billionaire botanist. Featuring green slimy monsters, ingenious methods of disposing of one's enemies and a host of 1970s TV stalwarts (plus the aforementioned John Challis), the story romps along at a cracking pace.
Whilst it is easy to mock the (clearly) polystyrene snow, rubbery aliens and fake locations, these are exactly what gave 1970s (and to a lesser degree) 1980s 'Who' its charm and great appeal. I have watched this story more than any other and it never fails to remind me of why I am such a fan of the show.
"Mr Stevenson, what you have done could very well result in the destruction of the entire human race..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who "Tom Baker is Doctor Who at it's best in this Creepy story", 24 Jun 2013
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Positive.
One the best Doctor Who stories ever made.
Full on Gothic Horror.
Tom Baker at his very very best.
Tony Beckley is a superb villian in this adventure as Harrison Chase.
Great story from Robert Banks Stewart.
Great Direction from Douglas Camfield.

Negative.
None.

Trivia.
John Challis(Scorby) was in Only Fools & Horses & it's spin off the Geen Green Grass as Aubrey Boyce.

Review.
Steven Moffat this is how Doctor Who should be made great story by Robert Banks Stewart, Script Editor Robert Holmes and direction by Douglas Camfield.

In Antartica 2 mysterous pods are found in the snow & the Doctor is sent by Unit to investgate them.

One the crew gets infected turning into a Krynoid by having contact with the pod.
The Doctor & Sarah get caught up in a stuggle for survival, Not only that they have another problem in Scorby & Keeler sent by a mysterious collector of plant life.

The Doctor manages to save the day by blowing the base but the 2nd pod gets away with Scorby & Keeler who's boss is the mad collector known as Harrison Chase
(A superb Tony Beckley).

The action then switches to Chases mansion in England were Chase uses the second pod to try infecting Sarah Jane who is captured on the mansions grounds while investigating when separated from the Doctor.

The Doctor's rescue of her by crashing from a glass ceiling causes the pod to infect's Keeler whom becomes the other Kynoid that unleashes his reign of terror by bringing plants to life to take over the world.

This is a full on classic Doctor Who with genuine scares,& horror in the mould of Day of the Triffids or the Quatermass serials.

Tom Baker "THE LEGEND", Simply the best of all the Doctor's is on top form here as he dominates the screen with his portrayal of the benevolent Alien, Elisabeth Sladen plays companion Sarah Jane Smith the best companion ever helping the Doctor with great grit & determination, The Doctor/Sarah friendship is strongly evident in this story.

I cried my eyes out the day i heard she had died i genuinely felt I'd lost a friend Elisabeth Sladen is truly missed & feel emotion in any story i see her in she was a brilliant companion & great supporter of the show & truly missed by the fans.

It's a pity they dont make them like this today as this is hardcore Who horror at it's best, Robert Banks Stewarts script like his previous opening story Terror of the Zygons is full of great tension, A decent plot & well written characters.

The New Series i think suffers from weak plots & a Immature Doctor in Matt Smith & Lacklustre endings.

The problems are they are trying to cram to much into a 45 minutes running time, For the next series please put Mark Gatiss in charge get & rid Moffat whom never be as good a writer or script editor as The Legendary Robert Holmes was.

Give me a classic Doctor Who any day the effects maybe quite dated but the drama horror & storytelling is better than anything the new series has offered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Tom's best., 13 Mar 2013
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Without a doubt, one of the fourth Doctor"s most thrilling adventures. I could continue to lavish out praise, but I'll keep it succinct - If you want the best DW stories in your collection, then this is an absolute must! There you go - buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Six episodes blessedly free of robot dogs and jelly-babies, 17 May 2012
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Great fun, one of the best Tom Baker series. Really good villain, and a bit of violence and sadism! Very memorable. The extras are fair.
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