doctor who: seeds of doom

I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, but most of my experience has been with the new series – that is, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.  Recently a friend of mine decided to introduce me to Tom Baker, and I just got back from finishing the 1976 serial Seeds of Doom with her.  The official summary of this story on the BBC website is “a crazed botanist brings a deadly alien plant to life.”  A crazed botanist!

It’s the sort of thing that might be completely unwatchable if not for the mad genius of Tom Baker as the Doctor.  The story starts with some scientists finding “a mysterious giant vegetable pod” in the Antarctic, where the snow looks suspiciously like styrofoam pellets.  UNIT get wind of this and decide that clearly this is something the Doctor should be called in on, but the crazed botanist wants the pod thingie for himself and dispatches some thugs to the Antarctic to get it for him.  (Is it really that easy to send people to the Antarctic?  And why did the Doctor and Sarah Jane travel there by helicopter when they have the TARDIS?)  Eventually they all end up back on the evil botanist’s estate in Britain, where the pod infects some guy and turns him into a giant plant monster.  If all this doesn’t sound silly enough, at one point the evil botanist tries to kill the Doctor by trapping him in a giant composting machine.

Yes, that thing in the background really is the monster.

Yes, that thing in the background really is the monster.

Needless to say, I enjoyed every minute of it!  Low-budget sci-fi from the 1960s and 70s will always have a special place in my heart.  And really, the only proper way to watch something like this is on dodgy bootleg DVDs.

A couple favorite quotes:

  • “On most planets the animals eat the vegetation. On planets where the Krynoid gets established, the vegetation eats the animals.”
  • “Don’t complain – this is a privilege!  You’re turning into a plant!  A maginificent new species of plant!”  (This is from memory and may not be word-for-word)

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