Doctor Who: Season 13, Episode 26

The Seeds of Doom: Part Six (6 Mar. 1976)

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Chase is obviously under Krynoid control. The Doctor suspects possession but, with the mountainous Krynoid nearing maturity and whacking the mansion to pieces, he concerns himself with the ... See full summary »

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Chase is obviously under Krynoid control. The Doctor suspects possession but, with the mountainous Krynoid nearing maturity and whacking the mansion to pieces, he concerns himself with the bigger picture and orders the mansion - with Sarah and him still inside - to be bombed. Written by statmanjeff

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This is the final appearance of the original Police Box prop (albeit heavily modified over the years) designed by Peter Brachacki in 1963. See more »

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When the Doctor and Sarah Jane escape the composting room and go running to the door outside, the Doctor bumps the wall, causing the top corner to wobble conspicuously. See more »

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Sir Colin Thackeray: Well, Doctor, do you think we've heard the last of the Krynoid?
Doctor Who: Sir, Colin, the Intergalactic Floral Society - of which, quite naturally, I'm the president - finds Krynoids a difficult subject to study. Their researchers tend to disappear.
Sarah Jane Smith: Hmm, I can imagine: a case of one veg and no meat.
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"Have we been here already are we yet to come?" The finish to a great story.

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom: Part 6 starts as the Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen), Scorby (John Challis) & UNIT soldier Sgt. Henderson (Ray Barron) barricade themselves inside Chase's (Tony Buckley) manor house as the Krynoid sit on top of the roof trying to break in & killing anyone that comes out. Time is running out as the Krynoid is reaching germination & will spreads it's seeds of doom across the country which will spell the end of everything, that is unless the Doctor can stop it...

Episode 26 from season 13 this Doctor Who adventure was originally aired here in the UK during March 1976, directed by Douglas Camfield I've rather liked The Seeds of Doom although maybe it ran for one episode too long. The script by Robert Banks Stewart has been a nice mix of traditional horror themes, a bit of James Bond style action & some decent sci-fi as well. On a whole this story has moved along at a fair pace although maybe Part 3 was a touch slow going & felt like padding, I'm also glad that they decided not to make the Krynoid plant speak during this episode. There's a particularly nasty end for the main bad guy Chase & UNIT soldier Sgt. Henderson that while it isn't graphic is sort of violent. The character's have been pretty good here as has the dialogue as Chase sticks up for plant life in various impassioned speeches & it's just about managed to make sense. The Doctor is strangely passive in Part 6 & doesn't really contribute to the destruction of the Krynoid at all as UNIT just blow it to pieces with missiles & I could have done without the comedy ending as well although I suppose it's a nice light note to end on. This story marked the final appearance of UNIT during the 70's as they were deliberately phased out.

Overall The Seeds of Doom has been one of the better looking Doctor Who stories, don't get me wrong there still isn't one single special effect even approaching good but instead of terrible effects they are just average for this time period & at least they aren't so bad that you'll laugh. The model house at the end isn't going to convince anyone for instance. The acting has been fine throughout with John Challis who is probably better know for his role in the BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses putting in a notable guest appearance & Tom Baker just being brilliant as usual.

The Seeds of Doom: Part 6 is a nice way to round off a great story & one of the show's very best, overall I'll give The Seeds of Doom an impressive 8 stars out of 10 across it's six episodes as it's one of the show's very best.


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