Doctor Who (1963–1989)
3 user 1 critic

The Seeds of Death: Episode Three 

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe make it to the moon and join forces with Phipps but the Ice Warriors have gained control of T-mat.




On Disc

at Amazon



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


The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe make it to the moon and join forces with Phipps but the Ice Warriors have gained control of T-mat.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

8 February 1969 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This episode was watched by 7.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


When Zoe hears something and opens the door to look outside, there is an Ice Warrior visible directly in front of her, facing her, but she shows no surprise. In the reverse shot of Zoe looking outside, the Ice Warrior is not anywhere onscreen. In the following shot, showing the length of the hall, the Ice Warrior is standing at the far end, facing away from Zoe. See more »


[to the Ice Warriors]
The Doctor: Your leader will be angry if you kill me... I'm a genius!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Seeds of Success, needed a little more watering for a perfect result but still a fruitful attempt.
30 April 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This story has aspects which are very strong but aspects which are a slight letdown. It is decent, solid entertainment without ever reaching the brilliance of the Doctor's best adventures.

Episode 1 is an excellent set up episode, a very promising start with a good script and some intelligent and well characterised parts such as the ageing and rather wise Earth scientist Eldred and officers Radnor and Kelly which are very well acted and thoughtfully written throughout the story.

The plot revolves around the T-Mat transport system controlled from the Moon and used by a future Earth as an instant way of transmitting people and goods between places. When it breaks down it is proved they put all their eggs in one basket (as the Doctor points out) and instantly food shortages and huge issues arise. The Ice Warriors attack the T-Mat control base and use it to launch an attack on Earth. The Doctor steps in to battle them of course.

The whole story features Troughton delivering his usual high quality and the villain Slaar, leader of the Ice Warrior attack on the Moon who is excellent and up to the sort of standard of the Ice Warriors in their brilliant debut story. Hines and Padbury as the companions are good throughout the story and acting of the other major guest characters is good. Some of the direction and effects are very impressive for its day while other aspects are a slight letdown.

The rocket journey in episode 2 which is not well done is the first letdown and would have been better not to include at all. That causes episode 2 to drop a bit but the rest of the episode before the rocket trip is good. Episode 3 is very good. It moves along well developing the story strongly and the villain Slaar with his hissing voice is particularly good.

Episode 4 is also very good although the absence of Troughton in that episode hurts it a tiny bit. Episode 5 is a bit weaker due to having more scenes involving the seeds and the fungus. The idea of the seeds themselves is not brilliant as it is clearly an inflating balloon but it is to some extent a forgivable limitation of the age and budget. The fungus is another unimpressive idea involving some fun but slightly silly scenes in episode 5 flailing about in soap suds. These scenes as mean that Episode 5 is the lowpoint of the story. The villain Slaar is great but his fellow Ice Warriors, particularly in episode 5, are far less well realised with their cumbersome movement and lack of character. They are a rather pale shadow of those featured in the Ice Warriors debut story.

Episode 6 is a very enjoyable and solid conclusion but if the strength of Episodes 1 (especially), 3 and 6 had been matched by cutting the rocket journey out of part 2 and less reliance on unimpressive effects, particularly in episode 5, it could have been a really strong Doctor Who story instead of just a solid Doctor Who story which is what it is.

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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
K-9 kids' book? Dr Wily
Any chance the BBC would let Big Finish make video in addition to audio? timmdoolen
Virtual Headset From Hartnell Onwards. Doctor_Omega
JNT and writers lawrenceconwayvulcan
An Alternative Universe of Stories: The Entire Classic Run Doctor_Omega
Doctor Who & Religion Doctor_Omega
Discuss The Seeds of Death: Episode Three (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page