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31 Classic Doctor Who Monsters #8: The Krynoid

October 8th, 2012

The Seeds of Doom is one of my absolute favorite Doctor Who stories. It aired during what many consider the creative pinnacle of the original show, when producer Philip Hinchcliffe turned it into a weekly slice of Gothic horror. It paired early-period Tom Baker with the beloved Elisabeth Sladen as plucky journalist Sarah Jane Smith, and featured one of the show’s creepiest human villains, millionaire plant-lover Harrison Chase.

That’s not to overlook the titular menace, the galactic weed known as…

The Krynoid!

The Seeds of Doom (1976)

In a premise lifted both from John W. Campbell’s novella Who Goes There? and its 1951 film adaptation The Thing from Another World, a long-buried alien seed pod was unearthed by an Antarctic research team. It promptly thawed and infected one of the scientists, transforming him into a stalking vegetable. (Fun fact: the intermediate form of the monster was portrayed by painting one of the Axon spaghetti monsters green.) While both the Antarctic base and the Krynoid were blown up by Harrison Chase’s hired mercenary, there was (of course) a second pod. How else would they have stretched the story to six episodes?

The Krynoid was one of the deadliest menaces to humankind, an ever-growing weed that–as seen above–eventually engulfed Chase’s mansion. More terrifying was its ability to telepathically dominate native plant life. As the Doctor put it, “On most planets the animals eat the vegetation. On planets where the Krynoid gets established, the vegetation eats the animals.”

Tomorrow: Another attempt to rival the Daleks! Third time’s a charm, right?

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