Doctor Who and the Seeds of Doom
 

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By:Philip Hinchcliffe
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Editions:  UK (paperback) | UK (1st hardback) | UK (2nd hardback) | US (paperback) | US (2nd paperback) | US (3rd paperback) | UK (Classics paperback) | US (4th paperback)
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Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  February 1977
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11658-5
Format: paperback
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In the snowy wastes of blizzard-swept Antarctica, a strange pod-like object is unearthed, buried deep in the ice. Curiosity turns to alarm as the pod begins to grow — then horror when suddenly it cracks open and a snaking green tendril shoots out, mercilessly seeking the nearest live victim...

In London, the botanical experts are bewildered. Doctor Who is called in to fight this unknown horror. But will he be in time to save Earth from the rapidly spreading tentacles of the Krynoid, giant man-eating monster from an alien world?

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Edition: UK (1st hardback)
Released:  February 1977
Publisher:  Allan Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-161-0
Format: hardback
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Edition: UK (2nd hardback)
Released:  March 1978 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-02104-6
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In the snowy wastes of blizzard-swept Antarctica, a strange pod-like object is unearthed, buried deep in the ice. Curiosity turns to alarm as the pod begins to grow — then horror when suddenly it cracks open and a snaking green tendril shoots out, mercilessly seeking the nearest live victim...

In London, the botanical experts are bewildered. Doctor Who is called in to fight this unknown horror. But will he be in time to save Earth from the rapidly spreading tentacles of the Krynoid, giant man-hunting monster from a world where the plants eat the animals?

Philip Hinchcliffe was born in 1944, and educated at Slough Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

After a short spell of teaching, the author entered television in 1968. There he worked in ITV as script editor, story editor and producer on a variety of programmes. Since 1974 he has been with the BBC, as a producer.

Philip Hinchcliffe is married with two young children and lives near Windsor.

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Edition: US (paperback)
Released:  March 1980
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-40639-8
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Note:  Last in the series of 10 US paperback novelisations published by Pinnacle in 1979-1980 — the others were: 1) Day of the Daleks, 2) The Doomsday Weapon, 3) The Dinosaur Invasion, 4) Genesis of the Daleks, 5) Revenge of the Cybermen, 6) The Loch Ness Monster, 7) The Talons of Weng-Chiang, 8) The Masque of Mandragora and 9) The Android Invasion. Each of these US editions were reprinted several times between 1979 and 1989, with the ISBN changing 3 times (the different ISBNs are listed as separate editions below).

Cover blurb:
PLANTS ATTACK MAN

In the frozen reaches of the Antarctic, deep in the permafrost, the World Ecology Bureau uncovers two of the strangest pods ever known to man — two pods that have been buried in ice for thirty thousand years.

Then, one of the pods is destroyed, and the second is stolen...

The pod is an alien Krynoid — hostile to all animal life — including man. Only Doctor Who is able to stop its spreading tentacles of destruction. But will he be in time to save mankind?

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Edition: US (2nd paperback)
Released:  February 1981
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-41620-2
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Same as 1st US edition, with following additional paragraph at the bottom:

Doctor Who is a mysterious, zany, and very mature Time Lord (750 years mature to be exact) who hurtles through space in a stolen Time Machine. His desperate desire to bring law and order to the universe and his insatiable curiosity consistently place him in weird and often wild circumstances.

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Edition: US (3rd paperback)
Released:  January 1983
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-42507-4
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Edition: UK (Classics paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who Classics: The Seeds of Doom and The Deadly Assassin
Released:  May 1989
Publisher:  Star
ISBN:0-352-32416-3
Format: paperback
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Note:  This "twin release" also contains the novelisation of The Deadly Assassin. One of seven Doctor Who Classics novels released in 1988-1989, each one consisting of a pair of Target novelisations published together in one paperback volume. The others were: The Gunfighters / The Myth Makers, The Dalek Invasion of Earth / The Crusaders, The Dominators / The Krotons, The Mind of Evil / The Claws of Axos, The Daemons / The Time Monster and The Face of Evil / The Sunmakers.

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Edition: US (4th paperback)
Released:  December 1989
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:1-55817-297-1
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