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The Seeds of Death

It is the late 21st century and mankind is totally dependent on T-Mat, a revolutionary form of instant travel. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive to find that the sinister Ice Warriors plan to invade Earth, using T-Mat to transport deadly seed pods full of a fungus that will absorb the planet's oxygen. The Doctor must race against time to defeat the Martian invaders - or condemn the human race to suffocation

    -- from the DVD release, 2003

The first Patrick Troughton story to be released on VHS (and in fact, just the fourth story at all - following three Tom Baker releases), the DVD issuing saw its premier appearance in episodic format - also appealing to fans was the promise of the inclusion of several new clips from missing episodes, that had been discovered in the years following the Missing Years video release...

Episode timings on DVD: 23'13", 24'23", 24'50", 24'58", 23'45", 24'29"
Episode timings on PasB: 23'11", 24'21", 24'46", 24'57", 24'50", 24'31"


VHS releases

17/07/1985: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV2019/BBCB2019* [deleted 1987, reissued as BBC4072 7/1987-9/6/1996]
??/??/1987: NZ - Kerridge Odeon Amalgamated Video Services - BBC20192 [deleted 1996] [not pictured]
??/??/1987: Aus - PolyGram - BBC20192 [reissued at new price 1/4/1992] [not pictured]
??/??/1989: US - Playhouse - 3716 [renumbered E1112 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
*Simultaneous release on Betamax and VHS

All of these releases were in omnibus format.

DVD releases

17/2/2003: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1151
05/05/2003: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - B006929
02/03/2004: US - Warner Home Video - E1924

Cover by Clayton Hickman for UK/Aus. As standard for 2003 releases, the UK edition had a sticker added to the front, and the Australian version included a whole new logo, and was housed in a silver slipcase.

Originally planned to be a single-disc release, the original DVD cover design (right) is slightly different to the final one.

DVD Bonus features

By Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Michael Ferguson and Terrance Dicks.
Information Text
By Richard Molesworth.
New Zealand Censor Clips (1'10")
Newly discovered clips from 'The Web of Fear' and 'The Wheel in Space'.
The Last Dalek (2'48")
The complete footage (clips of which appeared on the 'Tomb of the Cybermen' disc) of the recording of the final scenes from 'Evil of the Daleks', with added commentary by designers Michaeljohn Harris and Peter Day.
Camera & Editing: Tony Cornell
Commentary: Peter Day, Michaeljohn Harris; (C) BBC Worldwide MMII.
Tardis Cam No. 5 (0'59")
The penultimate Tardis-Cam feature. This should have been the last, following a 1'41" TARDIS Cam on 'The Three Doctors', but instead the 1'41" one was used on 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'.
Visual Effects Supervisor: Mike Tucker
Lighting Cameraman: Peter Tyler
Gaffer: Alan Graham
For BBC Fictionlab
Editor: Jamie Cason
Commissioning Editor: Martin Trickey
Producer: James Goss
Executive Producer: Richard Fell
(C) BBC Fictionlab 2002.
Sssowing The Ssseedsss (28'42")
A brand new documentary interviewing Alan Bennion (Slaar), Sonny Caldinez (Ice Warrior) and Sylvia James (Make-Up Supervisor), with audio clips from an 80s interview with Bernard Bresslaw (Varga, from 'The Ice Warriors').
  • Bennion explains how he heard about his role in the show, Caldinez why he was chosen, Bennion his misgivings and Breslaw his happy memories.
  • James talks about feeling sorry for the actors in the masks, but Breslaw describes it all as "an adventure".
  • Caldinez covers Breslaw's height and humour and Bennion the changes in costume - Caldinez was terrified by his. Bennion reminisces about his first fitting.
  • James talks about her input into the masks and how they were made in co-operation with the special effects team, Caldinez talks about making his movement frightening and Bennion worries about tea-breaks and being cued to start.
  • Caldinez on lack of hearing and vision, Bennion on the sets and James on the challenges the mask brought her. Bennion agrees, discussing the teeth, but Caldinez remains unphased.
  • Bennion and Caldinez move on to talk about the voice and performing deaths.
  • Bennion remembers working with Terry Scully and Caldinez remembers Steve Peters. They both then explain why they feel the Ice Warriors were the best creatures in Doctor Who and why this story in particular has endured.
  • Caldinez compares the two Doctors he worked with: the second and third.

Thanksss To Alan Bennion, Sonny Caldinez, Sylvia James
Bernard Bresslaw Interview Courtesssy Of Ken Clark
Sssound Restoration: Mark Ayres
Stills Courtesy Of: BBC Television, Paul Allen, Bobi Bartlett, Thanks To David J. Howe
Camera: John Kelly
SSsound: Terry Haute;
Produssser: Peter Finklestone
(C) BBC Worldwide

Photo Gallery (5'15")
62 b/w photos

Easter Egg: Commentary clip (0'59")
A video clip of the recording of the commentary. On the features menu, click 'left' from the 'TARDIS-Cam' option.

Restoration Notes

Episodes were transferred by Jonathan Wood (mostly from 16mm, but the fifth from 35mm) and passed to Peter Finklestone for retouching and VidFIREing. An offlock in episode three (where Jamie is speaking on the radio) was solved by running a few frames in reverse, and an out-of-phase sequence with the Martians being tracked on radar was repainted by hand.


01/09/1985 - Omnibus version passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
On an unknown date, the omnibus version was passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
06/03/2003 - Episodes passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
10/03/2003 - Episodes passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
11/03/2003 - Episode 1 and Episode 1 of 'Resurrrection' passed as a 'PG' by the OFLC for a public exhibition (50m)
31/03/2003 - Menu passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
23/10/2003 - Bonuses passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK

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