OVERALL EPISODE NUMBER: 028
STORY NUMBER: 006
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 30 May 1964
WRITER: John Lucarotti
DIRECTOR: John Crockett
SCRIPT EDITOR: David Whitaker
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 7.4 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who: The Aztecs (Special Edition)
"A false goddess and her servants could conspire against us. This is a danger we are not prepared to face. "
The Doctor tells Barbara off for interfering in the sacrifice. Susan has been locked up in a seminary for her part in the sacrifice debacle. Tlotoxl tests Barbara while Ian argues with Ixta. Ian uses martial arts to immobilised Ixta with a touch to the neck. Ixta, Tlotoxl & Autloc disagree over who should command the Aztecs forces. Tlotoxl speaks with Barbara and seeks to trap her. It emerges that Ixta is the son of the architect of the tomb. He plots against the travellers. Susan is being educated in the Aztecs ways, but objects when it appears she will be married off. Ixta meets the Doctor and offers to bring him drawings of the temple in exchange for knowledge on how to beat his opponent, not disclosing to The Doctor that he is fighting Ian, whom he challenges. Barbara speaks with Autloc and discusses halting the sacrifices. The Doctor gives Ixta a plant that will sap Ian's strength is scratched with it. The Doctor then finds out from Barbara that Ixta is fighting Ian, but is arrested by the guards. Ian & Ixta fight, the Doctor enters and tries to warn Ian but Ian is scratched by the plant allowing Ixta to overcome him. Barbara arrives stopping the fight but Tlotoxl challenges her to save Ian.
Well better than the first episode, didn't drag so much, but still..... not a favourite. I'm finding the scenes of the Aztecs talking amongst themselves difficult to follow....
Ian's Martial Arts - IT'S A VULCAN NERVE PINCH ;-)
The Doctor's flirting with Cameca has been used by fans of the more "sexual" modern Doctor to point to that side of him always being there. Come on, he's only putting it on to gain the knowledge of how to get into the tomb!
Carol Anne Ford's appearances in these middle two episodes are on film and are pre-recorded as she was on holiday these weeks.
This is the first episode of Doctor Who to be recorded at BBC Television Centre. Up until now the show has been recorded at the older Lime Grove studios. Doctor Who will flit between the two, and Riverside Studios in Hammersmith over the next few years before finally settling in TV Centre from the start of the War Games onwards.