Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death (Special Edition)

June 21, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In the late 21st century, mankind has developed a method of travel that has replaced all others. Known as T-Mat, this form of travel can transport people, food, and all other matter in a fast, efficient fashion. Why drive a car or take a flight when T-Mat can move you or anything else in an instant? While the system has changed the world for the better, it has also made mankind totally dependent upon it. The entire T-Mat system is run by a relay station on the moon, with a team of scientists, engineers, and others there to keep things up and running. But when the station goes dark and all transport is brought to a halt, the world erupts in panic, as no one knows to survive without T-Mat. But The Doctor soon arrives and meets Dr. Eldred, who worked on space travel methods until the T-Mat ended his research. But he does have a top secret rocket he has continued to work on, though what will The Doctor uncover when he reaches the moon?

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death is a fun, well crafted program. The most common issue with this story is that the plot demands suspension of disbelief, but I think that is true with almost all of The Doctor’s adventures. This one perhaps asks a little more than most, but I don’t see that as a divisive concern. The Seeds of Death also never suffers from a slowdown in pacing, which often happens in these longer stories. This adventure has frequent location changes and The Doctor has to conquer enemies on two fronts, so there is a lot going on here. This story also boasts some memorable visuals, as well as rock solid overall direction, a step above most of The Doctor’s tales. The Seeds of Death has some issues, as all stories do, but I found it to be a well made, entertaining chain of episodes. So if you’re a fan of The Doctor’s adventures from this time period, then The Seeds of Death is worth a look, especially in this new presentation.

Video: How does it look?

The Seeds of Death is presented in full frame, as intended. These episodes look terrific, with clear and clean visuals from start to finish. The restoration work done has paid off in spades, as the prints look so clear and refined. The detail is better than I’ve seen for this story before, while contrast has been fine tuned to yield the best possible visuals. This is simply excellent work and fans should be beyond thrilled.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original mono soundtrack is used and it sounds fine. The source has minimal signs of age or wear, so no real issues crop up here. At the same time, mono is mono, so there isn’t much to write home about either. A solid, clean audio presentation is what we have, which should be enough for fans.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You can listen to audio comments from cast and crew members, as well as Sssowing the Ssseedsss, an interview with the costume designer and some of the Ice Warriors actors. That’s not all however, as we also have several other interview featurettes, as well as TARDIS Cam No. 6, some still photos, and some printable PDF materials.

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