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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale of Martian Marauders and fashion faux pas!, 26 Sep 2004
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
When I heard this was the next Troughton story to be released on DVD, I was overjoyed. It was one of the first Doctor Who videos I had bought as a young lad, and always stirred up fond memories for me, The ice Warriors were cool!. Anyway although I had always liked this tale of Martians and exploding pods,I had regarded this as a rather silly story as a child (Guys with underpants over their trousers spring to mind) and now felt that it was time to reappraise it. And boy was it overdue!.

'The Seeds of Death' is by far one of the best Doctor Who DVD releases so far. First of all the story itself stands up incredibley well today, it is a terribly imaginative production, with many interesting concepts and most of which are well executed. The main trio of The Doctor, Jaimie and Zoe have really gelled by this point in the series and work very well together, the supporting cast too are generally excellent with the odd exception, and the entire story is is fast-paced and atmospheric. Michael Ferguson's direction in hindsight is superb, with many lovely touch's such as the countdown sequence were the numbers are superimposed over Miss Kelly's face, or the chase sequence involving the Doctor and the Ice warriors. The Ice Warriors come across very well too, despite their general slowness and lumbering around. I can't help but love this story, it has all the ingredient's in place for an exciting, well-made adventure. Sure it is hard to igonre the silly costumes and the odd over-the-top death scene, but who cares when it's as good as this!.
This story is also very well served by it's features, which are a very neat little package. The commentary is informative, amusing and never dull. The doucumentary is light-weight, and is pretty much just the actors complaining about their sweaty costumes, but is still highly entertaining. 'The Last Dalek' feature is a fascinating look at the end sequence of 'The Evil of the Daleks' which also has an excellent ommentary by Michael John Harris and Peter Day. But the real treat on this DVD is the newly discovered New Zealand censor clips from 'The Web of Fear', which are frankly stunning and really make this particular story one you desperatley wish could be recovered in it's entireity. 'The Wheel in Space' punch-up clips don't really stand a chance against those marvellous Yeti!
All in all this is yet another fantastic Doctor Who DVD release, with plenty to enjoy in the story and features. So go buy it if you haven't already, and enjoy everything this disc has to offer.
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