Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Seeds of Death: Episode One 

21st century Earth is entirely dependent on the T-Mat transport system but the control centre on the moon has stopped functioning. Meanwhile, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe meet the one man who can solve the crisis.


Michael Ferguson


Brian Hayles (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Louise Pajo ... Gia Kelly
John Witty John Witty ... Computer Voice (voice)
Ric Felgate Ric Felgate ... Brent
Harry Towb ... Osgood
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Radnor
Terry Scully Terry Scully ... Fewsham
Christopher Coll Christopher Coll ... Phipps
Martin Cort Martin Cort ... Locke
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Philip Ray ... Eldred
Alan Bennion Alan Bennion ... Slaar
Steve Peters Steve Peters ... Ice Warrior


21st century Earth is entirely dependent on the T-Mat transport system but the control centre on the moon has stopped functioning. Meanwhile, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe meet the one man who can solve the crisis.

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25 January 1969 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Ferguson, who also directed William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee in the series, later described Patrick Troughton as "by far the best actor of them all, certainly from the early period" and "a thinking, caring actor, with an enormous amount of experience". See more »


When the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are held at gunpoint, the shadows of several crew members can be seen moving behind Jamie. See more »


[first lines]
Computer: Bombay-Tokyo shipment activated. Bombay sending now. Tokyo receiving now. Dispatch completed. New York to Moscow delayed, Moonbase clearance awaited. Stockholm-Washington personnel transportation, Stockholm sending now. Washing receiving now. Dispatch completed. Non arrival, shipment of synthetic protein, New York to Moscow, Moonbase clearance awaited.
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The return of the Ice Warriors.
25 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It's the Tenty first century and all transport and Earth deliveries are controlled by T Mat, a centrally controlled device that has superseded all other means of travel. T-Mat is operated by the stern Earth woman, Miss Kelly. T-Mat links to the Moonbase, an Earth station which is invaded by Ice Warriors. The Ice Warriors kill without question, any non co operation results in death a worker wrecks T-Mat and suffers a grim fate, they demand the Maintenance team repair T Mat. As communications have broken down Earth has no means of contacting the team on Moonbase, only a defunct rocket could solve the problem. Moonbase manage to send a message back to Earth but the Ice Warriors react...

This serial aimed to build on the success of Season 5's 'The Ice Warriors, a serial that introduced the giant race from Mars.

I love Patrick and Frazer's humour, 'Look at the size of this one Doc,' and the glorious response, 'yes my word, that's a pretty large,' so funny.

Zoe's outfit is rather crazy, only in the 60s. PVC. Enough said.

Classic Series 6 is a real mix of good and bad, The Krotons and Space Pirates are very poor, The Invasion an War Games are both very good, I'd say overall The Ice Warriors rates somewhere in the middle.

Part 1 is a very interesting opener, there is lots going on. The identity of the Ice Warriors is guarded for a little while, to pretty good effect. It looks wonderfully space age, exactly what you'd expect from the 60s. The Ice Warriors are effective and prove to be a real threat. 7/10

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