Which One : Ice Warriors seed Earth with deadly fungus.
Cast : The Doctor : Patrick Troughton
Jamie : Frazer Hines
Zoe : Wendy Padbury
Commander Radnor : Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Gia Kelly : Louise Pajo
Professor Eldred : Philip Ray
Fewsham : Terry Scully
Brent : Ric Felgate
Osgood Harry Towb
Phipps : Christopher Coll
Locke : Martin Cort
Sir James : Hugh Morton
Guard : Derrick Slater
Computer Voice : John Witty
Slaar : Alan Bennion
Grand Marshall : Graham Leaman
Written By : Brian Hayles & Terrence Dicks
Produced By : Peter Bryant
First UK Broadcast : 21 Jan – 5 Mar 1969.
Length : 6 x 25 minute parts.
Plot : The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe travel to the moon to find out why the “T-Mat” matter transportation system has stopped working. They discover that the Ice Warriors are back and are behind a deadly plot to seed the Earth, with killer fungus.
Whats good : The return of the Ice Warriors.
Whats bad : The obvious foaming suds effect for the fungus.
Review With Spoilers : Seeds Of Death is a reasonable Troughton number, featuring the returning Ice Warriors.
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoey travel to Earth, where they learn that the T-Mat personnel transporter base on the moon has stopped working.
The Doctor offers to pilot a rocket, up to the moon to check out the problem and offer his services. This is a bit silly though, as to why they didn’t just take the Tardis. What if a there was a problem with either the rocket or the T-Mat device, then they could get stuck!
Seeds Of Death also features the last true villaneous turn by the Ice Warriors. In the post-Pertwee era, the Warriors made peace with the Earth and (officially) devoted their energies to protecting the galaxy. (A kind of U.N. in space, if you will!) in The Monster and Curse Of Peladon.
Also, we learn that the Ice Warriors have something of a hierachy, with the warriors being more lowly to the more senior ‘Ice Lords’ – who look slightly less bulky and have a more ornate helmet.
“Your leader will be angry if you kill me! I’m a genius….!” The Doctor
When the seeds are finally released on Earth, their germination looks suspiciously like foaming soap suds. The problem with this is; they dwell on this in a specific cliffhanger, when the Doctor is nearly drowned by them.
Other than that, if you are a fan of the Ice Warriors you’ll want to watch it just for them. On the whole though, it’s an average one.