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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.

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Louise Pajo ...
John Witty ...
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Ric Felgate ...
Harry Towb ...
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Terry Scully ...
Christopher Coll ...
Martin Cort ...
Wendy Padbury ...
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Frazer Hines ...
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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.

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25 January 1969 (UK)  »

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In July 1985 this was the first Doctor Who (1963) serial from the Patrick Troughton era released by the BBC on video cassette. See more »

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When the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are held at gunpoint, the shadows of several crew members can be seen moving behind Jamie. See more »

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

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

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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.


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