THE SEEDS OF DEATH
by Brian Hayles. By the late 21st century, mankind has become totally dependent on T-Mat to transport people, food and medicines around the world. When the system breaks down, Earth is soon crippled by global shortages. Travelling to the relay station on the Moon, the Doctor and his companions discover the horrific truth: the lce Warriors have hijacked T-Mat, and intend to claim the planet for themselves. Can the Doctor defeat the Martians before Earth is smothered in deadly fungus, and the human race is condemned to extinction...?
Making their second appearance in Doctor Who, the lce Warriors
in The Seeds of Death are ruthless, brutal and physically intimidating. Slaar has the arrogance of a perfect Who villain, supremely confident in his plans of conquest. But although the alien fungus is alarmingly fertile once unleashed, the might of the Martian fleet, represented on a tiny view screen, is less imposing than it should be. However, it is the handful of humans seen under extreme pressure who make this story special.These are ordinary people in peril, and it is all too easy to empathise with Terry Scully's Fewsham, a weak man who betrays his entire race simply because he doesn't want to die. Patrick Troughton
is also on fine form, rattling through a spectrum of emotions, from bold cheek through reckless bravery, stoic courage, and some shameless slapstick. The Seeds of Death is also set apart by its creative direction. Michael Ferguson's use of POV shots in Episode One is particularly suspenseful, whilst the high-and low-angled shots make best use of the sets, and inventive and unusual framing keeps the viewer engaged throughout. Somewhat compromised by budgetary restrictions and questionable costume design, The Seeds of Death has much in common with other stories of the Troughton era, but it is delivered with great amount of style, and has a narrative edge which sets it above its contemporaries.
Commentary by Frazer Hines [Jamie], Wendy Padbury (Zoe], Director Michael Ferguson and Script
Editor Terrance Dicks. Lords of the Red Planet - A look back at the creation of the lce Warriors, and their re-appearance in The Seeds of Death, with Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Michael Ferguson, Terrance Dicks, Costume Designer Bobi Bartlett and TV Historian Richard Bignell.Sssowing the Ssseedsss lce Warrior Sonny Caldinez, Ice Lord Alan Bennion. and make-up designer Sylvia James recall their experiences of bringing the Martians to life. Monster Masterclass Michael Ferguson talks about his experiences directing some of Doctor Who's most famous monster stories. Monsters Who Came Back For More! - Nicholas Briggs and Peter Ware take a look at the reasons why monsters often return for further adventures TARDIS Cam 6. Radio Times listings (DVD-ROM]. Production information subtitles. Photo gallery. Coming Soon trailer. Digitally remastered picture and sound quality.
Commentary- by Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Michael Ferguson and Terrance Dicks. Frazer Hines joined the TARDIS as Jamie McCrimmon for Patrick Troughton's second story The Highlanders , and he remained as his companion throughout the Second Doctor's era, leaving at the end of The War Games in 1969. Frazer returned for a cameo appearance in The Five Doctors in 1983, and two years later featured alongside Patrick Troughton one final time in The Two Doctors. An actor since childhood, Frazer notably appeared alongside Charlie Chaplin in A King in New York, but is probably best remembered for his role as Joe Sugden in Emmerdale Farm. Wendy Padbury joined Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines in the TARDIS as Zoe Heriot in The Wheel in Space in 1968, and stayed until the end of Season Six. She returned to the world of Doctor Who when she played the role of Jenny in the 1974 stage play Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday, and later for a brief appearance as Zoe in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. Michael Ferguson is a script writer, television director and producer. His association with Doctor Who began in 1966 when he directed The War Machines, followed by The Seeds of Death The Ambassadors of Death  and The Claws of Axos . He was executive producer of EastEnders between 1989-1991, and was responsible for the introduction of two of the soap's most popular and long-running characters, Phil and Grant Mitchell. He has also contributed significantly to ITV's long-running police drama The Bill. Terrance Dicks became script editor of Doctor Who in 1968,and co-wrote Patrick Troughton's final story The War Games with Malcolm Hulke. He remained with the show until 1974, throughout Jon Pertwee's tenure on the series. After leaving Doctor Who, Terrance became a freelance writer, but maintained his involvement with the show, scripting Robot , Horror of Fang Rock , State of Decay , and the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors in 1983. He also penned more than 60 Doctor Who novels for the Target range. Production Subtitles - Subtitles provide the viewer with cast details, script development and other production information, offering further insight into the making of The Seeds of Death. Coming Soon - A trail for a forthcoming Doctor Who DVD release.
Lords of the Red Planet - A look back at the creation of the lce Warriors, and their re-appearance in The Seeds of Death. With actors Wendy Padbury and Frazer Hines, director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, costume designer Bobi Bartlett and TV historian Richard Bignell. Narrated by Katherine Mount. Sssowing the Ssseedsss - Ice Warrior Sonny Caldinez, Ice Lord Alan Bennion and make-up designer Sylvia James recall their experiences of bringing the Martian warriors to life.
Monster Masterclass - Director Michael Ferguson talks about his experiences directing some of Doctor Who's most famous monster stories. Monsters Who Came Back For More! - Nick Briggs and Doctor Who Magazine's assistant editor Peter Ware take a look at the reasons why monsters often return for further adventures. TARDIS Cam 6 - A model vignette created for the BBC's Doctor Who website. Photo Gallery - A selection of production,design and publicity photographs from this story.
Radio Times Billings - Listings for this story from the Radio Times from its original transmission in a PDF file[DVD-ROM only-to be viewed on PC or Mac].