Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 23

The Knight of Jaffa

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Apr 03, 1965 on BBC
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The Knight of Jaffa
The TARDIS materialises in the Holy Land during King Richard I's crusade against the Muslims. Saracen raiders led by the evil El Akir attack the King's hunting party, and when the travellers stumble into the fray the King escapes and Barbara is captured. The King, weary of the fighting, knights Ian and sends him to the Sultan Saladin's court, to negotiate Barbara's release and offer the hand of the King's sister in marriage to the Sultan's brother, Saphadin. However, Ian learns that El Akir, humiliated by his failure to capture Richard, has taken Barbara to add to his harem. With the help of a mischievous bandit and a merchant whose family was murdered by El Akir, Ian rescues Barbara and takes her back to Jaffa. There, despite their best efforts to avoid palace politics, the Doctor and Vicki have made an enemy of the Earl of Leicester, and the travellers barely escape with their lives.moreless

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    Henry Garcia

    Henry Garcia

    Man-at-Arms [uncredited]

    Guest Star

    Rikki Patterson

    Rikki Patterson

    Priest [uncredited]

    Guest Star

    Edward Haroutuniant

    Edward Haroutuniant

    Saracen Warrior [uncredited]

    Guest Star

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      • The master 405-line videotape of this episode was wiped in the late 1960s: no tapes survive in the BBC archives. Luckily, telesnaps (photos taken by John Cura from the episode as it aired) exist with the BBC.

        This is one of only two episodes from second season still missing. The other is the final episode of this serial.

      • A subplot suggesting that the relationship between King Richard and Joanna was somewhat closer than that of brother and sister was toned down at the insistence of William Hartnell, who felt it unsuitable for a childrens' show.

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