Doctor Who (1963)

The Temple of Evil

Season 1, Ep 27, Aired 5/23/64
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  • Episode Description
  • Mexico, the early 15th century.The TARDIS arrives in the tomb of former Aztec High Priest Yetaxa. The travellers become cut off from the ship and Barbara is hailed as Yetaxa's divine reincarnation. But now she is determined to use her position to change the course of history‚Ķ

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Lucarotti

  • John Crockett

  • Richard Rodney Bennett

  • Carole Ann Ford

    Susan Foreman

  • William Russell

    Ian Chesterton

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Barbara: Oh, don't you see? If I could start the destruction of everything that's evil here... then everything that is good would survive when Cortez lands. The Doctor: But you can't rewrite history! Not one line! Susan: Barbara, the high priest is coming. The Doctor: Barbara, one last appeal: what you are trying to do is utterly impossible! I know, believe me, I know! Barbara: Not Barbara, Yetaxa.

    Notes (2)

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who: The Aztecs by John Lucarotti (ISBN 0 426 19588 4) first published by W H Allen in 1984.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Aztecs (BBCDVD 1099) released in August 2002 (Region 4 in December 2002). Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1719) in March 2003. Extras are: a commentary by producer Verity Lambert and actors William Russell and Carole Ann Ford; "Remembering the Aztecs" - interviews with guest stars John Ringham, Walter Randall and Ian Cullen; "Designing the Aztecs" - an interview with set designer Barry Newbery; "The Story of Cortez and Montezuma" taken from Blue Peter broadcast on 21/09/1970 and presented by Valerie Singleton; "Restoring the Aztecs" - a look at the process of restoration for this story; Arabic soundtrack for episode four; "Making Cocoa" - an animated short about the Aztec process of making cocoa; Photo Gallery; Production Subtitles; TARDIS-Cam short. Video: Doctor Who: The Aztecs (BBCV 4743) released in November 1992. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1257) in May 1994. The "Next Episode" caption has been deleted from The Day of Darkness.

    Trivia (2)

    • Revealing Mistake: When the camera zooms in on Tlotoxl as he prepares the sacrifice, it hits the latter and jerks.

    • Equipment Visible: In the very first shot of the episode, the shadow of the camera moves over the remains of Yetaxa.

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