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The Seeds of Doom: Part One 

Members of the World Ecology Bureau discover a centuries-old seed pod buried deep in Antarctica's permafrost. It seems to be still alive, growing without soil. They transmit a photo to ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harrison Chase
John Challis ...
Mark Jones ...
Arnold Keeler
Hubert Rees ...
John Stevenson
John Gleeson ...
Charles Winlett
Michael McStay ...
Kenneth Gilbert ...
Sir Colin Thackeray
Seymour Green ...


Members of the World Ecology Bureau discover a centuries-old seed pod buried deep in Antarctica's permafrost. It seems to be still alive, growing without soil. They transmit a photo to London where Richard Dunbar of the W.E.B. shares it with the Doctor. Wary of what it might be, the Doctor immediately flies down with Sarah. They don't know that Dunbar is a leak in the bureau and has tipped off the discovery to a rich plant fanatic named Harrison Chase. Chase sends a thug and a plant expert down to verify the discovery and fetch it back by any means possible. But before anyone arrives, the pod hatches and the tendril-like life form within attaches itself to one of the men, turning him green. It's as The Doctor feared: they're dealing with a Krynoid. Written by statmanjeff

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31 January 1976 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Mary Whitehouse of the National Viewers and Listeners Association complained to the BBC about this serial, saying: "Strangulation - by hand, by claw, by obscene vegetable matter - is the latest gimmick. And, just for a little variety, show the children how to make a Molotov cocktail". See more »


Derek Moberley: You must be the doctor.
The Doctor: Yes.
Derek Moberley: We were expecting someone much older.
The Doctor: I'm olny 749. Used to be even younger.
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Seeds of Success!
30 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Review of all 6 episodes:

Horror content was at its peak at this point in the series history and this story is one of the most horror based of all. There are some genuinely grim and macabre scenes which must have had children and parents hiding behind the sofa. After having a lot of complaints during this time for being too adult and horrific Doctor Who producers were forced to tone it down and the series, whilst still always continuing to have brilliant thrills, scares and adult qualities was never again to have quite the level of adult thrills found in series 13 and 14. A scene where someone gets chewed up by a recycling machine is one example but there is a lot of quite adult content here and that only serves to make this a superb and memorable adventure. The sinister villain Chase and his violent thug Scoby (played by John Challis, 'Boycie' from comedy classic 'Only Fools and Horses') are extremely menacing and effective characters, both acted incredibly well.

The story is that The Doctor and Sarah go to an Antarctic base where three scientists have discovered a form of unknown plant life buried in the snow. It has been there for many thousands of years but is of alien origin. The pods found turn out to be Krynoids, a plant which is carnivorous, parasitic, powerful and immensely fast growing. The Doctor knows this plant is a threat to all humanity but a pod is stolen by crazed millionaire Chase who is obsessed with plants.

The suspense and shocks are just one element though and the dialogue and acting throughout are of immense quality. Douglas Camfield puts in yet another top class job as director and Hinchcliffe and Holmes era of running the series is again proved to be the best era of Doctor Who ever. This story finished off series 13 which along with the following series were probably the best two series of all time before Hinchcliffe very sadly moved on, followed by Holmes. Any Doctor Who 'show-runner' now or in the future should aim to copy the qualities of this era as it is as good as TV gets.

This is not the strongest story of series 13 but it would be the strongest in many other series and it is a fantastic, gripping and entertaining pleasure from start to finish. A 10/10 classic that all 'Whovians' must see.

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