Doctor Who (1963–1989)
7.5/10
164
8 user 2 critic

The Seeds of Death: Episode One 

21st century Earth is entirely dependent on the T-Mat transport system but the control centre on the moon has stopped functioning. Meanwhile, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe meet the one man who can solve the crisis.

Director:

Writer:

(by)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
Louise Pajo ...
John Witty ...
Computer Voice (voice)
Ric Felgate ...
Harry Towb ...
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Terry Scully ...
Christopher Coll ...
Martin Cort ...
Wendy Padbury ...
Zoe
Frazer Hines ...
Philip Ray ...
Alan Bennion ...
Steve Peters ...
Edit

Storyline

21st century Earth is entirely dependent on the T-Mat transport system but the control centre on the moon has stopped functioning. Meanwhile, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe meet the one man who can solve the crisis.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 January 1969 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fans voted this number 82 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. See more »

Goofs

The Doctor's sideburns disappear and reappear during the episodes (this is due to the fact that Patrick Troughton was given a week's vacation in the middle of the studio recordings). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Computer: Bombay-Tokyo shipment activated. Bombay sending now. Tokyo receiving now. Dispatch completed. New York to Moscow delayed, Moonbase clearance awaited. Stockholm-Washington personnel transportation, Stockholm sending now. Washing receiving now. Dispatch completed. Non arrival, shipment of synthetic protein, New York to Moscow, Moonbase clearance awaited.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Second Time Around: The Troughton Years (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Solid fun, but it's not Who as you know it
15 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review of the Complete Story:

THE SEEDS OF DEATH is one of the most enjoyable of the Patrick Troughton Dr Who adventures I've watched yet, up there with TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN in terms of entertainment value. However, it's not really like a Who serial at all; the storyline is classic, H. G. Wells-type science fiction, with a rocket travelling to a moonbase to investigate the disappearance of the crew. It soon transpires that deadly Martians are behind the attack, which dates this even more.

The Doctor and his companions Zoe and Jamie appear to have been drafted in from another story, as they abandon the Tardis early on and even engage in a lengthy rocket ship journey in the second half. Still, the villains prove a decent menace and look pretty cool, not dissimilar to the Cybermen, although the copious use of foam to animate the deadly spores will fool nobody.

THE SEEDS OF DEATH has plenty of incident and hard sci-fi principles to recommend it, and despite the six episode length it rarely feels slow or dull. Troughton gives a decent performance as the Doctor and Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury are reliable as ever. It's not the best of Who but it is one of the better serials from the decade.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If the JNT Years Had Never Happened... Doctor_Omega
Missing Episode Reconstructions: All 97 Episodes Doctor_Omega
Phillip Morris Quote Doctor_Omega
Most Annoying DVD Interviewee Doctor_Omega
Dr Who taught me everything I know michaellevenson1
Reason Blake Left? Doctor_Omega
Discuss The Seeds of Death: Episode One (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page