Doctor Who: “The Aztecs”

“The Temple of Evil”     23 May 1964
“The Warriors of Death”     30 May 1964
“The Bride of Sacrifice”     6 June 1964
“The Day of Darkness”     13 June 1964


I honestly didn’t expect classic Doctor Who, at least the first season of Classic Doctor Who, to be this good.  I guess it was my preconceptions of the corniness of the series, but “The Aztecs” just slapped those preconception around like a ho that don’t give it it’s money.

Simply put, this episode – despite the cheap sets and silly fight scenes – is just greatness, a story worthy enough to stand the test of time with philosophy still debated to this day.  Is it right to change the future when you know a disaster is coming?

The end result is a classic tragedy with William Hartnell and Jacqueline Hill turning in some truely inspired performances.  Throughout it all, though, the tragedy never gets too heavy… there’s moments for comedy and for hope and that my friends is what makes this serial so good.

It doesn’t even feel drawn out.  It just feels like a great story.


Carole Ann Ford (Susan) was on vacation during the filming of this episode and, as such, only appeared briefly.

“You can’t rewrite history. Not one line!”

– The Doctor

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  • toxiceye

    You know how any tv series, no matter how good, has an episode or two that really doesn’t measure up or even have a place in such an otherwise great series? Doctor Who, old or new, has no such episode. I never found a single episode that doesn’t belong. That’s why the series is a legend in UK. It has NO throw-away episodes at all. It only has a few that are MERELY good.