Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 28

The Warriors of Death (30 May 1964)

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Barbara tries to change the course of history - and Ian fights for his life.



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Episode complete credited cast:
William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
Keith Pyott ...
John Ringham ...
Margot Van der Burgh ...
Walter Randall ...
Andre Boulay ...
Dave Anderson ...
Aztec Captain (as David Anderson)


The Doctor admonishes Barbara for interfering with Aztec rituals and putting them all in danger. The Doctor suggests she play Tlotoxl, who believes she is a false god, off against Autloc who believes she is a true incarnation. Ian faces Ixta, his rival for leadership. Tlotoxl promises Ixta honor and glory if he destroys Ian. Meanwhile, the Doctor tries to get information about the temple's construction in order to find a way back into the burial chamber and the TARDIS. The architect's son, Ian's rival Ixta, wants a favor in return. Susan continues her studies of Aztec customs at the seminary. Written by garykmcd

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Susan only appears in a pre-filmed insert in order to give Carole Ann Ford a holiday during production. See more »


Tlotoxl: No... no. This is not Yetaxa! This is a false goddess! I will destroy her!
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The Aztecs: Episode 2 - An excellent historical adventure, brilliantly written and acted
5 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This is a 4 part adventure beginning with The Temple of Evil. It is a pure historical adventure with the TARDIS crew arriving in a tomb in 15th Century Mexico during the time of the Aztecs. The TARDIS becomes trapped inside the tomb with the crew outside the tomb's inaccessible sliding door. Barbara is taken to be the reincarnation of their goddess Yataxa by the high priest of knowledge Autloc but is doubted and proclaimed a false God by the high priest of sacrifice Tlotoxl. She tries to influence against human sacrifice, against the Doctor's insistence, whilst they all try to find a way to get to the Tardis before the Aztecs turn on them.

This is a top notch adventure, brilliantly scripted and acted with an interesting plot that includes very strong material about how the time travellers can or should interfere with historic events. Barbara and Ian are two of the finest companions the Doctor ever had and they are superb here as is William Hartnell as The Doctor. Susan has one of her best performances here too. Autloc and a female elder Cameca are fantastic too.

Tremendous adventure across all four episodes.

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