Doctor Who Logo 'The Aztecs'
(4 Parts)
Story Code 'F'

by John Lucarotti
Jacket Illustration

The TARDIS arrives in Mexico in the 15th Century, inside the tomb of the late Aztec priest Yetaxa. When the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan explore the temple, the tomb door closes behind them, cutting them off from the ship. After finding a bracelet in the tomb, Barbara is proclaimed by the High Priest of Knowledge, Autloc, as the divine reincarnation of Yetaxa. Susan becomes her handmaiden, and chosen to be married to the Perfect Victim, who is to be sacrificed to the gods. Ian is appointed Chief of the Aztec Warriors, and comes into conflict with Ixta, the Chosen Leader; the Doctor is left in the Garden of the Aged, where he flirts with an wise woman, Cameca, partly to find a way back inside the tomb. Barbara incurs the enmity of Tlotoxl, the High Priest of Sacrifice, when, against the Doctor's advice, she attempts to use her authority to end the Aztec practise of human sacrifice to their gods. On the Day of Darkness - a solar eclipse - Ian's unwilling conflict with Ixta ends in a fight in which Ixta is killed, falling from the temple roof to his death on the streets below. The Doctor reopens the tomb using a wheel and pulley - the Aztecs having not yet mastered the use of the wheel - and the travellers escape.

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), Tom Booth (First Victim), David Anderson (Aztec Captain), Walter Randall (Tonila), André Boulay (Perfect Victim)

B>Produced by Verity Lambert
Directed by John Crocket

'The Temple of Evil' - 23rd May, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Warriors of Death' - 30th May, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Bride of Sacrifice' - 6th June, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Day of Darkness' - 13th June, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm

*Featuring the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan