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     Sunday, September 03 2006 @ 05:52 PM EDT
    i thought i'd make my first post here just after watching this episode. hadn't seen it for a while, but i think this has to be one of my favourite episodes. a really steller performance from tom baker which sees him deliver some of his funniest lines in my opinion. the bit where chase is jamming on his oscillators and the doctor makes a quip about the music being terrible always cracks me up, plus the characters of chase and scorby are some of my favourite villians ever who both deliver a lot of depth to the story. a softly spoken crazed millionaire with an obsessive collector complex, and a power hungry lunatic with an intense bloodlust - good combo.

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     Sunday, September 03 2006 @ 05:57 PM EDT
    A short but accurate analysis. Scorby is one of the most complext "baddies" in Doctor Who. And while Chase is a uni-dimensional stereotypical megalomaniac, he's well portrayed.

    The addition of Amelia Ducat was a touch of off-the-wall brilliance.

    Yup. A darn fine episode.

    Sean.

    One solid hope is worth a cartload of uncertainties.
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     Monday, September 04 2006 @ 04:05 AM EDT
    Yep. This is one of my all-time favorite episodes. I love the Arctic/Antarctic base scenes, as it reminds me so much of both film versions of The Thing. The rest of the episode is very H.P. Lovecraft, one of my favorite authors, whose work, I might add, has had a significant impact on Doctor Who.

    All in all, this a fantastic episode full of sinister overtones. In spite of some distracting method acting, it is still one of the best.

    "Elemental, my dear Benton." The Doctor to Sgt. Benton (The Daemons)
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     Tuesday, October 03 2006 @ 05:11 PM EDT
    Yeah. Same here. I really enjoy this story because of how it starts in the Antarctic and ends up back in England. And I like the artist who sneaks into the residence to find out if Sarah is OK. And the special effects actually look a tad better here than they do in other stories from the time frame.

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     Wednesday, October 04 2006 @ 04:22 AM EDT
    I watched this story a few weeks ago, a few observations and comments.

    1) I was surprised about how much violence was in this. i.e. Tom Baker in fist fights.

    2) It was strange that although UNIT were involved no previously involved cast were used (I know this is at the point where Tom was trying to have UNIT written out of the plotlines)

    3) How the Doctor got involved in the first place is a bit of a mystery, certainly no continuity from the previous episode Brain of morbius.

    4) The conclusion was a little unsatisfactory and didn't involve the Doctor actually doing anything, except escaping. I'm sure that UNIT/RAF/Army could have come up with the "bomb it" stratagy all on their own.

    Just read in "aliens and enemies" that the newly transformed krynoid costume was an axon costume painted green, RTD is not the only one to re-use stuff.

    In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed are Kings
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     Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    i think the violence in this one (and like most other episodes) is driven by the characters and justifiable. scorby being a prime example! also i've noticed that the 4th doctor is pretty handy in a fight, and may be the hardest out of all the doctors (see the deadly assassin, sontaran experiment, etc). jon pertwee being a close second, but only due to his "venusian akido".

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     Monday, October 30 2006 @ 10:13 AM EST
    I have a very odd relationship with "Doom". I recognize it as being a well-contructed, solid sorta story, but it's kinda dull. Of all the Hinchcliffe-era stuff, it's the one I've rewatched the least. The lead villain's just too conventional for me, somehow. And every time I see it, I get miffed that we're stuck with UNIT irregulars. Overall, it feels like we're watching a story that should've been done by Pertwee, but somehow wasn't.

    I also think that the basic premise of a killing plant has been done to death in this genre, from the Batman character of Poison Ivy to some of the worst Doctor Who comics ever made. It's like they finally made an episode of "Freedom by Fire" or "Mission for Duh", two blights on the reputation of the old Dr. Who Annuals.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." JNT, 1986
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     Friday, March 09 2007 @ 06:03 PM EST
    MY FIRST!!!!! I was in the 6th Grade in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I came home from school & flipped the channels till I came across a tall curly haired man & a young lady getting out of a big black car. The Chauffer then climbed out & turned a gun on them. A chase ensued through a quarry. Yup, I had discovered SEEDS OF DOOM, part3. I have been addicted to Doctor Who ever since.

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     Friday, March 09 2007 @ 07:33 PM EST
    I read, in The Discontinuity Guide, I believe, that Hinchcliffe had been a writer for the Avengers previously and this was an explanation for the increased violence from Doctor #4. I remember it as a particularly frightening episode because of the slow and hideous transformation of krynoid-seed victims (and their begging for help before totally succumbing) and the mulching scene where our heroes were to be ground into fertilizer. Again re-enforcing my belief that Who is really horror stories with sci-fi thrown in. And Ken- "Live from a Daimler car boot..."

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