The Aztecs

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PRODUCTION INFO

Name

The Aztecs

Serial Code

F

First Transmitted

23 May 1964

Final ratings

7.40m

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CAST

Regular Cast

William Hartnell (Dr Who), Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara), William Russell (Ian)

Guest Cast

Keith Pyott (Autloc), John Ringham (Tlotoxl), Ian Cullen (Ixta), Margot van der Burgh (Cameca), Tom Booth (First Victim) [1], David Anderson (Aztec Captain), Walter Randall (Tonila) [2-4], André Boulay (Perfect Victim) [2-4].

CREW

Written by John Lucarotti
Directed by John Crockett
Produced by Verity Lambert

sypnosis

In 1430 South America, Barbara is mistaken by the Aztecs as the reincarnation of the High Priest Yetaxa. Now regarded as a living deity, Barbara must decide whether or not to change history and end the Aztec practise of human sacrifice. But the high priest Tlotoxl schemes to disprove Barbara’s divinity, threatening both Ian, who is to fight an Aztec warrior, and Susan, who has been chosen to wed a sacrificial victim.

And how will the Doctor react to Barbara’s decision?

NOTES

  1. All episodes exist in 16mm telerecordings.
  2. David Anderson (Aztec Captain) is credited as Warrior Captain in Radio Times for The Temple of Evil. As fight arranger, Anderson is billed on-screen for The Day of Darkness only, but also arranged fights on The Warriors of Death, and is credited in Radio Times for both episodes.
  3. Negative film prints of all episodes were recovered from BBC Enterprises in 1978.
  4. John Lucarotti spent a lot of time researching the real Aztecs before writing this story.
  5. Carole Ann Ford was on holiday during the filming of episodes 2 and 3 and appeared only in pre-taped film sequences which were shot during rehearsals for episode 5 of the preceding story, The Keys Of Marinus.
  6. The credits at the end of episode 3 had to be re-filmed as they were not acceptable for broadcast.
  7. This is one of the stories selected to be shown as part of BSB’s Doctor Who Weekend in September 1990.

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