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on 15 August 2017
A classic story set in the Arctic then the action moves to England set in the present day and an alien seed pod is determined to destroy all human life on Earth. Boysey (john challis) from Only Fools and Horses plays an excellent villain filmed on location in an English Manor House a worthy addition to your also this is a two disc set the second disc is for Doctor Who anoraks showing how the special effects were done and other interviews
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on 22 December 2014
Smashing series with Tom Baker and the ever-gorgeous Elisabeth Sladen. Seed germinates turning humans into plants, but wait a bit, that's what a lot of TV shows do to:)
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on 26 August 2017
Classic Doctor Who, great fun. Very similar to 'it came from outer space' and 'the thing' but in my opinion it's better.
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on 18 December 2011
OK, short review - this is a good story with Tom Baker's Doctor and Sarah Jane. Similar plot to 'The Thing'. No spoilers here. Enjoyable romp.
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on 22 June 2017
Another example of Doctor Who at it's best, (I really need to stop being so biased, & review a Doctor Who episode I hate. Contrary to popular belief, this wasn't influenced by Day Of The Triffids, but, it's just as effective In fact Robert Banks Stewart, future creator of Bergerac, used the same plot for Avengers episode, Green Man Of Surrey Green. We get two stories glued together as a six-parter. First, the two-part Antarctic, "Thing From A Another World", the next four episodes in rural England, mostly in set in Harrison Chases' estate. We get Harrison Chase, complete with gloves, the Human villain, complete with Master-style gloves, who might as well be alien himself, the well designed Krynoid, (look at Claws Of Axos). But, my personal favourite is Scorby of Boycie fame. Elisabeth Sladen really show's her metal in confronting him! Tom Baker gets to be more violent here, probably as a result of the original Avengers storyline this is based on. I love the look on Scorby's face after the 4th Doctor almost snaps his next! A part of the Hinchcliff/Holmes horror era, this is certainly Doctor Who at it's best!
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on 1 May 2017
Another excellent offering from Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. Who at it's best. I love the Baker UNIT stories and though UNIT plays only a very small role, and there is no brigadier, this definitely has the feel of other stories.
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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. 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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on 14 September 2014
The Fourth Doctor and Sara Jane Smith remains of the the strongest Doctor/Companion relationships in the history of. Doctor Who and The Seeds of Doom really shows why. Tom Baker stands as my favourite of the Doctors for The original series and my second favourite overall behind Matt Smith while Sara Jane Smith is my second favourite companion behind Clara Oswald and this classic serial sees the duo at their very best. Barker and Elisabeth Sladen have terrific chemistry and seeing the two of them work so well together is one of the great highlights of the show.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 March 2015
Tom Baker excels as the "Double-O 4th" Doctor, taking on a `green-fingered' villain in an epic action thriller. Twine your tendrils round this ripe fruit of the DVD range and take root in a classic tale of greed and grotesque greenery! 5*

(Review of the DVD Edition plus reviews of the Special Features.)

Robert Banks Stewart wrote only two completed stories for `Doctor Who', but two of the very best. `Terror of the Zygons' and `The Seeds of Doom' opened and closed a superb season in style. Where `Terror' felt like a Fourth Doctor story despite its earthbound UNIT setting, to me `The Seeds of Doom' seems like a splendid hybrid, a familiar offshoot grown from the serious science fiction action roots of Jon Pertwee's first season, plus darkness and green horror grafted on to perfectly match the rest of the aptly numbered `Gothic' Season Thirteen.

Tom Baker is at his very best in a terrific performance as the Doctor faces the appalling threat of the Krynoid, an alien plant species that will turn all Earth's green kingdom against the "animal parasites". It's also an unusually stern performance for this Doctor, there are a few moments of irreverence at the expense of villains and officials, but for the most part the Doctor is intense and serious with flashes of anger and quite ready to use direct violence in his desperate struggle to save humanity.

Whereas Jon Pertwee would have employed `Venusian Aikido', here the Fourth Doctor is a full-on action hero as he breaks through windows, jumps villains, bangs them against car doors, throws very effective punches, puts one thug in hospital and smashes another over the head with a chair (a moment that has Tom Baker saying "good heavens!" on the commentary!) It's more like watching Mr. Bond or `The Saint' at times, brilliantly directed by Douglas Camfield, famous for his `Doctor Who' action stories from `The Web of Fear' to `Terror of the Zygons' and this one, which sadly was his last. Apart from a few model shots and brief stock inserts, there was no film used in this story; the extensive location work was also done on video and this creates a seamless, colourful and very sharp production which looks excellent on this DVD and upscales to an HD TV perfectly.

Two Krynoid seed pods have lain frozen in the Antarctic for years, quite safely, until they are dug up by a scientific expedition and returned to the warmth and light of their base. This is a story about greed as much as alien greenery - the Krynoid wants to live in what for it is the terrifyingly natural way, but the threat to Earth also comes from human avarice - first a scientist protective of his discovery, then a corrupt official out for money and finally the covetous desire to own the pod at all costs from millionaire Harrison Chase.

Tony Beckley gives a gloriously greenery-chewing performance as the cold, crazed plant-loving (and animal and human-hating) aristocrat with black gloves, a palatial manor house, a "green cathedral" of plants serenaded on his electronic organ and a growling beast in a back room - his lethal, chomping compost-grinder... Every `Bond villain' needs a henchman and he has one of the best. John Challis is superb as Scorby, ruthless and violent but with a streak of dark humour; as his brutal world collapses around him, he and the Doctor play off each other brilliantly as they are forced into an alliance against the growing green menace.

And what a menace! From dormant pod, to waving tendril to human possession and then by horrific body-transforming stages to a towering monster, the Krynoid is an unforgettable grotesque created by excellent design and model work and great acting by Mark Jones as the unfortunate Keeler, a botanist with uncertain morals who gets much too close to his work ... I hadn't watched this story since its first broadcast almost 40 years ago and yet I remembered so many details from all six episodes; that's how strong this production is.

Set partly in Antarctica and partly around an English country house, the excellent location work and really impressive model filming are backed up by superb sets by designers Roger Murray-Leach and Jeremy Bear, stylishly lit with appropriate brightness and `Gothic' gloom. Where some `Doctor Who' stories have just a few sets, this one creates not only a snowbound scientific base in detail, but room after room of Chase's mansion (some used for just one brief scene) including his plant-filled "green cathedral". The sense of scale is impressive; this is an attempt at making a big-screen thriller on a `Doctor Who' budget - and it works! Geoffrey Burgon's distinctive music (also heard in `Terror of the Zygons') adds to the filmic quality and creates a great atmosphere; sometimes ethereal and otherworldly, sometimes filled with tension and menace.

It's a very unusual story in that, apart from his vital knowledge of the threat the Krynoid poses to Earth, the facts that the Doctor is a Time Lord and a scientific genius are irrelevant here. Tom Baker effortlessly adds the Doctor to the ranks of great action heroes of fiction from Allan Quartermain onwards; the weapons and technology he uses are all of actual or believable Earth origin. Even the ultimate solution is a human one, not a device of the Doctor's invention - I won't give away too much, but it's safe to say the Brigadier would have loved it!

There's a large and excellent guest cast, but unfortunately Nicholas Courtney wasn't available to appear in what would have been the final `official' UNIT story of the era, so here UNIT is represented by his deputy Major Beresford (John Acheson) when they are called in by Sir Colin Thackeray from the World Ecology Bureau (Michael Barrington). For once in `Doctor Who' we have a civil servant who investigates and takes useful action and is not just a pompous ass! Helped by the wonderfully eccentric flower artist and would-be amateur agent Miss Amelia Ducat (Sylvia Coleridge) "I have wartime experience!" - they provide essential aid to the Doctor and Sarah, who need all the help they can get. Elisabeth Sladen is excellent as usual, and is provided with some very good dialogue and a quite balanced mix of `damsel in distress' and `heroine to the rescue' action; without her timely intervention, the Doctor would have met a very sticky end - and even he could not have regenerated his way out of this one...!

Open the pod and plant `The Seeds of Doom' in your DVD player, then watch the story grow through six episodes of outstanding horticultural horror. Krynoids are a very invasive species so look out for the tendrils ...

Five pods - I mean five stars, thanks for reading. 5*

DVD Special Features:
On Disk 1:
The commentary is very good with a great set of contributors. John Challis is especially good with many fun anecdotes, as is Tom Baker of course. Producer Philip Hinchcliffe, Robert Banks Stewart and Roger Murray-Leach give interesting and entertaining details of the production, Joggs Camfield remembers his father's work as Director and Kenneth Gilbert (Dunbar) and Michael McStay (Moberley) remember their guest appearances in the story.
On Disk 2:
`Podshock' (37 min) - an excellent and very well-presented `making of' feature with many of the same contributors (but sadly not Tom Baker), also joined by composer Geoffrey Burgon.
`Now and Then' (9 min) - a comparative tour around the locations decades later, mainly the gardens of Athelhampton House in Dorset.
`Playing in the Green Cathedral' (10 min) - an excellent interview with composer Geoffrey Burgon about his innovative music for `The Seeds of Doom' and `Terror of the Zygons'. As I'm also a fan of the 1970s BBC adaptations of M.R. James' ghost stories (which I highly recommend), I was pleased they highlighted the superb, unsettling music he wrote for `The Treasure of Abbot Thomas'.
`So What Do You Do Exactly?' (6 min) - a very good short feature with Graeme Harper, then the First Assistant Director to Douglas Camfield, talking about the production. Of course he became a well-known director himself, including in the world of `Doctor Who' for the riveting `The Caves of Androzani' and the later `Revelation of the Daleks'.
`Stripped For Action - The Fourth Doctor' (20 min) - if you are a fan of the `Doctor Who' comic strips this will be enjoyably nostalgic, it's quite interesting even if like me you've never read any.
The Photo Gallery (5 min) is very good, with some familiar pictures that will leap out at any fan my age who owned the 1976 edition of Target's `The Making of Doctor Who'. Now I can see them in colour!
`Radio Times' Listings in PDF format, also Douglas Camfield's paper edit for the (unmade) 90 minute omnibus edition, which I found interesting. No doubt the `Bonsai' version would have been good, but the full luxuriant growth of the six-parter is much better!
Two fun Easter Eggs, both thanks to contributions by John Challis.
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on 26 May 2017
Grandson loved it
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