Dr Who: The Seeds of Doom: DVD Review
Dr Who - The Seeds of Doom
BBC and Roadshow
This six parter from 1976 and the Tom Baker era is a firm fan
In it the 4th Doctor and his companion
Sarah Jane (the ever popular Elisabeth Sladen) discover a threat to the Earth
(again) with the finding of two seed pods in the arctic waste.
When the alien Krynoid pods find their way into the
hands of a deranged botanist, the Doc's got a fight on his hands to ensure life
on Earth doesn't end - and the plants don't take over.
revered and well acted, The Seeds of Doom is Who firing on all cylinders - it's
gritty, and a serial which is the very best of Who - thanks in part to the
acting of Baker and Sladen.
The pair here deliver
a masterclass in Who - and there's a real edginess to this; a feeling that the
stakes are higher than ever.
A lively commentary
with Baker (but sadly missing Sladen) enriches the affair - and the extras on
this two disc set continue the high quality of recent releases. A short doco
looking at the birth of the Dr Who Magazine is a welcome addition.
All in all, if you were ever looking for a jumping off
point and a reason to watch Dr Who pre its 2005 relaunch, this is it.
Extras: Commentary, Doco on the
making of the serial, doco on the comic adventures of Dr Who, Easter eggs - a