Doctor Who: The AztecsClosed Captioning
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The TARDIS takes the Doctor and his companions back in time to fifteenth century Mexico where Barbara is swiftly made a High Priestess. But for the others life isn't so good. And as human sacrifices become the need of the day, have the travellers finally meddled once too often?
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Temple of Evil||The crew venture out of the TARDIS into 15th Century Mexico and the tomb of the Aztec High Priest Yetaxa. When Barbara stumbles upon the Aztecs they mistake her for a reincarnation of the High Priest himself.||23:59||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Warriors of Death||Barbara's interference in the Aztec practice of human sacrifice casts doubt over her supposed divinity and puts the whole crew in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Ian faces a challenge.||24:12||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Bride of Sacrifice||Barbara's divine powers are challenged and she humiliates Tlotoxl, the Hight Priest of Sacrifice, who determines to prove her mortality. Meanwhile, the Doctor becomes romantically involved.||25:25||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Day of Darkness||It is the day of the solar eclipse when Susan is to be punished for her refusal to marry. Can the Doctor and his companions escape before they are sacrificed to the Sun God?||25:18||£1.89||View In iTunes|
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One of the 1st Doctors adventures...
Landing in a Temple in Ancient Mexico, the crew are cut off from the TARDIS, when a one way door closes, trapping them. Barbara is mistaken by the Aztecs as a reincarnated Priest! Realising that the Spanish will be arriving in the next few years, she tries to 'civilize' them by trying to abolish the culture of human sacrifice; ignoring the Doctor's warning's about interfering in history.
However, her attempts make her an enemy to Tloxtol, the Priest of Sacrifice, who decides to use Susan in his plots to break her power, and tricks Ian into a fight to the death!
In the meantime, the Doctor has to find a way back into the TARDIS, before they all end up sacrificed...
This is a good story, with excellent costumes, and decent scenery. The plot is well written, and shows the futility of trying to change the future. Obviously, as this story is from the 1st Doctor's tenure, it is in black and white, but I don't believe that this detracts from the viewing experience. William Hartnell shows his excellent acting skills, especially when he is trying to persuade Barbara about the futility of interfering; first by being frustrated with her lack of understanding, but also by becoming oddly sympathetic. Well worth the price, and should be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.
It's one of the most interesting stories I've seen.
What lets it down is the quality. If it had been fully restored it would have got 5 stars.