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I'm the Doctor - and I haven't had any dinner!,
This review is from: Doctor Who The Seeds of Doom [VHS]   (VHS Tape)
It is no surprise to learn that Robert Banks Stewart, the writer of "The Seeds of Doom", also contributed to "The Sweeney", for if we ever came close to finding out the Doctor's real name, it is in this story, where it could easily have been revealed to be Jack Regan. This is the Action Man Doctor - crashing through windows, thumping goons, waving guns around, even crashing chairs over heads. "SHUT IT!!" His response to the threat posed by this week's special guest aliens (or perhaps in this case we should call them "blaggers"), the intelligent plant-life Krynoids, is equally one that would make the Brigadier blush with pride. "Finally", the Brig must have sighed, "I've cracked him! He's got the taste for napalm in the morning!" Such a pity it had to happen during the Brig's day off. Similarly absent from "The Seeds of Doom" is any concept of negotiation or restraint; rarely, if ever, has the Doctor been so belligerent (does that UNIT Sergeant REALLY deserve the tongue-lashing he gets for asking what seems like a reasonable enough question?). But questions over its' loyalty to the series' model aside, "The Seeds of Doom" is one of the greatest Doctor Who adventures simply for being a far superior production to the standards of the time. Tom Baker is at his zenith here ("If the Krynoids get established on this planet, Sir Colin, it will mean the end of everything, even your PENSION!") and the supporting cast is up there with the strongest of any story in the "old" Doctor Who, with well-drawn and believable characters convincingly played, and primed with well-crafted dialogue that provides depth as well as wit. Tony Beckley is an enjoyable and suitably menacing villain as the quietly demented Sir Harrison Chase, and while some of the visual effects are typically clumsy the Krynoid monsters are impressive. There is also an understated yet ominous musical score running throughout the story, in keeping with the whole "Quatermass" vibe.
It may not be "true" Who, but it doesn't matter when it's this good. An excellent adventure.