It is the late 21st century and Earth depends
on a matter transportation system called T-Mat when is controlled from a base on the moon.
When that the moon base goes down, the Doctor and his companions (Jamie and Zoe) volunteer to pilot a rocket to the
moon where they discover the Ice Warriors are using the base as the staging ground to send seed pods to Earth as the first
stage in the invasion of Earth. The Martians have a plan to use a deadly
fungus to decrease the oxygen content of Earth, but the Doctor uses his intelligence and wit along with his companions and
the personnel of T-Mat control assisting to stop the Martian plan.
THE SEEDS OF DEATH has great set design
and costume design despite it being done on a shoestring budget. The black and
white film may have helped to further the budget. The story does have holes,
but the pacing and characters help iron over any of those plot bunnies that could ruin the story. Why do the Ice Warriors ships need a beacon to land on earth or why does even the rocket need the moon
beacon to land? Also I wonder if the Ice Warriors thought of what the rain
could do to their fungus (I guess it doesn’t rain on Mars much). I did
like the use of the T-Mat personnel in the story. The West-East conflict is outdated
since the Soviet Union
doesn’t exist anymore (Brian Hayle thought the conflict between NATO and the communist bloc would last into the late
21st century). Gia Kelly is one of the strong female characters in this
series- smart, beautiful, and great uniform. Zoe also gets a new outfit
for this story.
Audio commentary with actors Frazer Hines
(Jamie) and Wendy Padbury (Zoe), director Michael Ferguson, and script editor Terrance Dicks
The production notes text option gives
the usual behind-the-scenes details on the making-of the story, details on the actors who are featured in this serial, and
audience reaction to THE SEEDS OF DEATH when it aired
LORD OF THE RED PLANET- a 28 minute making-of
documentary that chronicle the origins of the Ice warriors (from the unmade story that Brian Hayles wrote) to the making of
THE SEEDS OF DEATH (including the difficulties encountered during the production and Terrance Dicks rewriting the scripts
for episodes three to six).
SSSOWING THE SSSEEDSSS- interviews with
the actors who played the Ice Warriors in eth first two Ice Warriors stories and the Make-up artist for THE SEEDS OF DEATHS
as they go behind-the-scenes on how it was to play the Ice warriors and how the look of the Ice warriors was achieved.
MONSTER MASTERCLASS- Michael Ferguson talks
briefly about Doctor Who monsters
MONSTERS WHO COME BACK FOR MORE!- BBV Producer
Nicholas Briggs and DR. WHO MAGAZINE editor Peter Ware talk about why Doctor Who monsters came back, what are their favorite
monsters, and who they would love to see come back on the TV show.
Also on the disc is the four minutes photo
gallery slideshow, TARDIS Cam No. 6 which originally appeared on the BBC web site for DOCTOR WHO, a Coming Soon trailer for
DEATH TO THE DALEKS, and Radio Times production Listings (which are accessible via DVD-ROM).
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE SEEDS OF DEATH is a solid paced story with set design and costume design that still looks good
today when you put it side by side against the budget of today’s DOCTOR WHO.
The behind-the-scenes featurettes focusing on the story are good where the other featurettes are worth just one viewing.
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