Doctor Who: The Aztecs (1964)

UK, 23 May -13 June 1964
4 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: : The Keys of Marinus (1964)
Next Serial: Doctor Who: The Sensorites (1964)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 1, episodes 37-30

A British science fiction television serial directed by John Crockett from scripts by John Lucarotti.

Plot Summary

The returns to Earth and lands in Mexico during the latter days of the Aztec empire. Barbara is mistaken for the reincarnation of the High Priest Yetaxa and angers factions that oppose her plea for an end to human sacrifice. As the ‘Day of Darkness' dawns, Ian prepares to fight an Aztec warrior and the TARDIS is still trapped inside Yetaxa's tomb….

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: John Crockett [episodes 1-4]
BBC TV [episodes 1-4]
Producer: Verity Lambert [episodes 1-4]
Associate Producer: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1-4]
Written by: John Lucarotti [episode 1]
By: John Lucarotti [episodes 2-4]
Story Editor: David Whitaker [episodes 1-4]
Studio Lighting: Howard King *
Title Music by: Ron Grainer with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-4]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music by: Richard Rodney Bennett [episodes 1-4]
Conductor: Marcus Dods [episodes 1-4]
Studio Sound: Jack Brummitt *, John Staple *
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson *
Costumes by: Daphne Dare [episode 4]
Make-Up Supervisor: Jill Summers [episode 4]
Designer: Barry Newbery [episodes 1-4]
Assistant Floor Manager: Ken Howard *
Production Assistant: Ron Craddock *
Fights Arranged by: Dave Anderson [episode 4], Derek Ware [episode 4]

Cast
The Temple of Evil
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell ()
Jacqueline Hill ()
Carole Ann Ford ()
Keith Pyott (Autloc)
John Ringham (Tlotoxl)
Ian Cullen (Ixta)
Margot van der Burgh (Cameca)
Tom Booth (first victim)
David Anderson (Aztec captain)

The Warriors of Death
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Keith Pyott (Autloc)
John Ringham (Tlotoxl)
Ian Cullen (Ixta)
Margot van der Burgh (Cameca)
Walter Randall (Tonila)
André Boulay (perfect victim)
David Anderson (Aztec captain)

The Bride of Sacrifice
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Keith Pyott (Autloc)
John Ringham (Tlotoxl)
Ian Cullen (Ixta)
Margot van der Burgh (Cameca)
Walter Randall (Tonila)
André Boulay (perfect victim)
David Anderson (Aztec captain)

The Day of Darkness
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Keith Pyott (Autloc)
John Ringham (Tlotoxl)
Ian Cullen (Ixta)
Margot van der Burgh (Cameca)
Walter Randall (Tonila)
André Boulay (perfect victim)
David Anderson (Aztec captain)

Uncredited
Brian Baker, John Beavis, James Duval, James Fitzgerald, Andrew Jacks, Alan Vicars [Aztec warriors]
Eileen Brady, Lionel Gadsen, Alice Greenwood, John Moore, Bill Raynor, Stella Wilkinson [Aztec citizens]
David Anderson [double for Ian]
Billy Cornelius [double for Ixta]

Episodes

1. The Temple of Evil (23 May 1964)
2. The Warriors of Death (30 May 1964)
3. The Bride of Sacrifice (6 June 1964)
4. The Day of Darkness (13 June 1964)

See also
Designing The : Barry Newbery (2002)
Making Cocoa (2002)
Remembering The Aztecs (2002)
Restoring The Aztecs (2002)

References

Periodicals

  • Doctor Who Monthly no.115 p.36 – review
  • Doctor Who Monthly Autumn Special 1987 p.40 – review

Books

  • Doctor Who Programme Guide pp.24-25 – credits, synopsis (by Jean-Marc Lofficier)
  • Doctor Who: The Complete History Volume 2 by John Ainsworth (ed.) pp.126-155 – illustrated production notes
  • Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide pp.20-21 – credits, trivia, review (by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping)
  • Doctor Who: The Handbook: The pp.72-74 – credits, synopsis, review (by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers, Stephen James Walker)
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion pp.24-27 – credits, synopsis, review (by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker)
  • Pocket Essentials: Doctor Who by Mark Campbell pp.13-14 – credits, review