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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD]  (DVD)
I am sure that all those involved with Doctor Who in the late 1960s would never have originally expected it to be still going strong over forty years later. However, this DVD release featuring Patrick Troughton as the Puckish second incarnation of the Time Lord is a great example of just why this show has endured.
With 6 episodes there is plenty of room for detail and plot development, and unlike some other of the shows' longer serials there is little padding or filler here. The Ice Warriors are pretty rudely realised on a 1960s BBC budget, however they still have plenty of menace - particularly in the first episode where all we see of them is the horrifying effect they have on their human victims.
We are reminded too of Troughton's style as a comedy actor, especially in episode three where he conducts a zany and slightly surreal chase with one of the lumbering Martian warriors, but overall with a multitude of slayings and a Martian plot to poison all humans and take over the Earth, there is little to laugh about.
A pleasing array of extras for fans includes a series of short clips from some of the lost Troughton stories that were unearthed in New Zealand, a radio interview with the late Bernard Bresslaw of Carry-on fame who played one of the Martians, and some interesting anecdotes from various cast members.
Overall this is a fine release of older Doctor Who material which will fascinate and entertain both long-term fans and those new to the series.