Serial: 4L  Episode Nos. 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, and 427.  Title: The Seeds of Doom

 

An expedition in Antarctica uncovers two gourd-like seed pods.  When one germinates, it infects

a man and begins turning him into one of it's own kind: a plant monster known as a Krynoid that

seeks to consume all animal life.  The Doctor and Sarah try to help, but their efforts are frustrated

by agents of a wealthy, obsessive botanist who steal the second pod and take it to him in England

Will the Doctor be able to prevent the cultivation of the Krynoids, or is the world truly doomed by

their seeds?

 

starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. Written by Robert

Banks Stewart, Produced by Philip Hinchcliffe, and Directed by Douglas Camfield.

 

Originally transmitted from 31 January 1976 to 6 March 1976 on BBC1.
 
DVD Features:

 

2-disc set. 

On Disc 1:

- All 6 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.

-  Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for

   the hearing impaired.

- Optional commentary track by actors Tom Baker, John Challis (Scorby), Kenneth

   Gilbert (Dunbar), Michael McStay (Moberley), producer Philip Hinchcliffe,

   writer Robert Banks Stewart, production designer Roger Murray-Leach, and

   Joggs Camfield (son of director Douglas Camfield)

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout

   the story.

- Isolated Music Score.  Plays the program with only the incidental music soundtrack

   playing.

On Disc 2:

- “Podshock  A 37-minute “making of the show” documentary featuring interviews

   with producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart, actors John Challis, Ian

   Fairbairn and Kenneth Gilbert, designer Jeremy Bear, visual effects designer Richard

   Conway, design assistant Jan Spoczynski, production assistant Graeme Harper, and

   incidental musician Geoffrey Burgon.

- “Now and Then”.  A 9-minute featurette comparing the locations as they looked during

   the production and as they look today.

- “Playing in the Green Cathedral.”  A 10-minute interview with the late composer

   Geoffrey Burgon.

- “So What Do You Do Exactly?”  A 6-minute interview with production assistant Graeme

   Harper about what his job on the crew was and what that of some of the other mysterious

   jobs you see on the credits was.

- “Stripped for Action – The Fourth Doctor  A 20-minute featurette about the comic strip

   appearances of the Fourth Doctor.

-  Trails and Continuity.  A 1-1/2 minute assembly of a few surviving trailers from the original

    BBC broadcast.

-  Photo Gallery.  5 minutes of stills taken during the production of the story.

-  PDF Files.  DVD-ROM files in Acrobat Reader .pdf format of the Radio Times

    listings for this story and of director Douglas Camfield’s “Paper Edit”.  Just place the

    disc in your computer and open the files.

-  Coming Soon trailer.  A 1-minute trailer for the DVD of Meglos.

- Egg 1: Go into the Special Features menu, 1st page, and highlight “Playing in the Green

            Cathedral.”  Press the right arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear. Select this and

            you’ll see a 10-second blooper from the cliffhanger scene from Part Five.

     Egg 2:  Go into the 2nd page of the Special Features.  Select the Photo Gallery and press the

            left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Select this and you’ll see another minute

            from John Challis’ interview where he tells a funny story of an encounter he had with

            Tom Baker years after The Seeds of Doom was made.