in the 21st Century enjoys the T-Mat, a form of instantaneous matter transport
system which has replaced all other forms of transport on earth. The
system is controlled from Earth, with one of its main relay stations located
on the Moon. The machine breaks down and the Doctor and Gia Kelly,
the technical brains behind the system, go to the Moon to investigate.
They find the Moon overrun by Ice Warriors, who are preparing to launch an invasion
against Earth. To weaken Earth's resistance they are using the T-Mat
to send Martian Seed Pods, which will emit a lethal fungus, over Earth's
winter zones. The Doctor manages to use the T-Mat to return to a chaotic
Earth, where the Ice Warriors have managed to take control of the weather. The
Doctor finds that the only thing that can destroy the fungus is heavy
rains and warmth, which he provides after regaining control of the weather station.
A solar heat gun takes care of the remaining Ice Warriors.
The Doctor: Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon: Frazer
Zoe Heriot: Wendy
Slaar: Alan Bennion
Ice Warriors: Steve Peters,
Tony Harwood, Sonny Caldinez
Gia Kelly: Louise
Computer Voice: John
Sir James Gregson: Hugh
Weather Station:Operator: Peter
Script Editor: Terrence
Brian Hayles with Terrence Dicks Uncredited.
Director: Michael Ferguson.
Make up: Sylvia James.
Visual Effects: Bill
King and 'Trading Post'
Music : Dudley
as "Doctor Who - The Seeds of Death" by Terrence Dicks
(0 426 20252 X) first published by W.H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing
Ltd.) in 1986 with cover by Tony Masero. Target library number
on Video as "The Krotons" both as VHS & Betamax (BBCV
2019 / 4072) first released in 1985 with photomontage cover.
Also released in Australia & New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4072) and
in US & Canada in 1990 (CBS/FOX catalogue #3716)
Dicks reworked the final four episodes as the original scripts were not
what the production office required.
Patrick Troughton does not appear in episode four as he was on holiday
during its filming.
episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings, though a 35mm telerecording of
episode five also exists. All episodes except part three were held by
the Film & TV Library when audited in 1978.
Film Studio Stage 2. (13, 16-18, 20, 23 December
Studio recording in Lime Grove D. (3, 10, 17, 24,
31 January; 7 February 1969)
Hampstead Heath Extension, West Heath Road, Hampstead, London, NW3. (19
Episode 1, 2
- In episode 2, Fewsham tells Miss Kelly that Osgood killed Locke when
he tried to fuse the controls, but back in episode 1, Locke told Radner
and Miss Kelly that it was Osgood who died.
Episode 2 - The microphone is out of range
when Miss Kelly gives her line about having enough fuel reserves to reach
Episode 3 - In the storeroom, when Zoe says
"I think I heard something", she opens the door to the sight
of an Ice Warrior standing right outside the door. But when we cut to
a shot from the corridor showing Zoe looking out, the Ice Warrior has
magically teleported itself several yards down the corridor and is facing
the other way!
Episode 4 - Phipps lifts Zoe up too high
to get through the air vent,and she bumps her head.
Episode 5 - When Eldred points to the Weather
Control Bureau on a map, notice that it's actually in the opposite corner
of the map to the one he's pointing to.
Episode ? - The Doctor's hair goes through
remarkable changes in length and thickness throughout the course of the
story. An example: He finds out Radner hasn't received the message to
make it rain, and comes to the conclusion that Jamie and Zoe have gone
to the weather control centre themselves. Radner then says that this was
where the Ice Warrior was last seen and the Doctor rushes out. Outside,
the Doctor is running fast, and his hair is suddenly an awful lot shorter!
Episode ? - Watch the scene in the storage
room where Jamie is fighting with an Ice Warrior. At some point one of
them knocks against the wall, and it wobbles quite distinctly.
Episode ? - Watch for when one of the crew
on the Moonbase is attacked by the Ice Warrior. He collapses across the
main control console, which wobbles like a piece of cardboard, amazingly
Episode ? - When the Doctor enters the Weather
Control Building (which is full of suds), he and Zoe race down a corridor,
then stop and talk for a few seconds. They then start to rush off to find
Jamie when Zoe says, "No, this way" and points. Wendy Padbury
starts going in that direction but slips on the mess of suds that is all
over the floor. She bumps into the Doctor (who is also having balancing
problems) almost knocking him over in the process... Finally, they both
stagger off the screen. Pure slapstick!
Episode ? - Take a look at one of the Ice
Warriors approaching the Weather Control station. There is a head-and-shoulders
shot in which several strands of long black hair are sticking out from
beneath the back of his helmet...
Episode ? - Watch carefully for the scene
where Zoe's pants are falling down. She's in the background and looks
Episode ? - During the scene in the space
museum when they're building the rocket, you can distinctly hear the sound
of a wrench (or some other metal tool) being dropped on the cement floor.
Episode ? - Zoe refers to Slaar by name,
though no other characters seem to know his name, and never mention it.