Doctor Who: Season 13, Episode 23

The Seeds of Doom: Part Three (14 Feb. 1976)

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Surviving two attempts to end their lives, the Doctor and Sarah seek the identity of the plant fanatic who ordered the hit on the arctic base, pursuing their only lead - a commissioned ... See full summary »

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Surviving two attempts to end their lives, the Doctor and Sarah seek the identity of the plant fanatic who ordered the hit on the arctic base, pursuing their only lead - a commissioned painting of a rare flower left in the boot of a car. Chase, meanwhile, is doing all he can to encourage the hatching of the Krynoid pod. Written by statmanjeff

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The music by Geoffrey Burgon was created by five musicians playing a combination of flute, clarinet, harp, violin, cello, clavichord and percussion. See more »

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Doctor Who: If we don't find that pod before it germinates, it'll be the end of everything. Everything! You understand? Even your pension!
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This one feels a bit padded, still good though.

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom: Part 3 starts as the Doctor (Tom Baker) & Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) are rescued from the Antartica & before you know it they are back in London at the World Ecology Bureau where they talk to Sir Colin (Michael Barrington) & tell him their fears about the alien pod, traitor Dunbar (Kenneth Gilbert) realises that the Doctor & Sarah are a threat & arrange to have them killed which fails & in turn leads them to millionaire plant fanatic Harrison Chase (Tony Beckley) who has had enough of their interfering & orders them killed...

Episode 23 from season 13 this Doctor Who originally aired here in the UK during Febuary 1976, directed by Douglas Camfield this has been a good story so far although one has to say I thought there was a lot of padding in this episode. The script by Robert Banks Stewart has now ditched the Antartic setting for an English country manor which is fine but some of the creepy atmosphere has definitely gone & this episode seems very padded as it consists almost entirely of either the Doctor & Sarah being held at gunpoint or them running around trying to avoid the guy's with guns, to be honest nothing has really happened in Part 3 to move the story forward that much from Part 2 except not the pod is in England rather than the Antartic. Hopefully it'll pick up again for Part 4 although this is still watchable & is just one part of a larger six part story & on it's own in isolation isn't going to make any sense anyway if that makes sense.

The production value shave been pretty good so far on The Seeds of Death & much better than your average Doctor Who story, there aren't any monsters or aliens in this one so you have to admire Tom Baker's fantastic performance & Sarah Jane's look's as it plods along. The location used here was Athelhampton House in Athelhampton which is in Dorset if your interested in that sort of thing. Sarah has a change of outfit here & dispenses with the garish yellow overalls & goes for sensible attire.

The Seeds of Doom: Part 3 is almost entirely padding with constant shots of people running around doing nothing in particularly, getting captured, escaping & running around again before getting captured again. It's still fun to watch but not one of this stories better 25 minutes, still a great story across it's six parts though.


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