Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 28

The Seeds of Death: Episode Six (1 Mar. 1969)

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The Doctor manages to create a rain storm to destroy the Martian fungus before trying to find a way to stop the Ice Warriors' invasion fleet.

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The Doctor manages to create a rain storm to destroy the Martian fungus before trying to find a way to stop the Ice Warriors' invasion fleet.

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Good stuff but not among the Doctor's best
30 April 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This story has high points which are strong but low points which are a slight letdown. It is decent without ever reaching the brilliance of the Doctor's best adventures.

Episode 1 is 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, 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 letdown. The only real annoyance in Episode 1 on this front though was the computer voice which is a 60s cliché irritating voice effect. Sadly this voice annoyed me in every episode.

Episodes 1 to 3 are very good apart from the rocket journey in episode 2 which is not well done and would have been better not to include at all. That causes episode 2 to drop a little but it is mostly still at the same good standard. The episodes move along well developing the story strongly and the villain Slaar with his hissing voice is particularly good in those episodes.

Episode 4 is still good although the absence of Troughton in that episode hurts it and a few less successful ideas begin to be introduced. The introduction of the seeds themselves is not brilliant but is OK while the fungus is a poor idea involving some dodgy effects and silly scenes flailing about in soap suds etc. These scenes as well as less interesting or convincing plotting means that Episode 5 is the lowpoint of the story. The villain Slaar also takes more of a back seat with his fellow Ice Warriors becoming more prominent particularly in episode 5. This is bad news as they are far less well realised with their cumbersome movement and lack of character. They are a pale shadow of those featured in the Ice Warriors debut story.

Episode 6 is a reasonably solid conclusion but if the strength of Episodes 1 and 3 had been matched by cutting the rocket journey out of part 2 and a more thoughtful development of the plot with less reliance on dodgy effects in the final instalments it could have been a really strong Doctor Who story instead of just an OK Doctor Who story which is what it is.


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