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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 22

The Lion

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 27, 1965 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Lion
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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    Valentino Musetti

    Valentino Musetti

    Saracen Warrior

    Guest Star

    Derek Ware

    Derek Ware

    Saracen Warrior

    Guest Star

    Bernard Kay

    Bernard Kay


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Barbara: I don't believe you're as calculating as that!
        Saladin: Then learn more of me. You must serve my purpose or you have no purpose. Grace my table tonight in more suitable clothes. If your tales beguile me, you shall stay and entertain.
        Barbara: Like Scheherazade.
        Saladin: Over whose head hung sentence of death.

    • NOTES (4)

      • DVD: This episode was included in the Doctor Who: Lost in Time DVD set (BBCDVD 1353, Warner Home Video E2083) released in November 2004.

        Video: Doctor Who: The Crusade and The Space Museum (BBCV 6805) released in July 1999. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1399) in January 2000.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker (ISBN 0 426 10671 7) first published by Frederick Muller Ltd in 1966.

      • This serial was not included in early sales of the show to Islamic countries, for reasons which should be fairly obvious…

      • Another victim of the BBC's junking policy. The master tapes of all episodes of this serial were wiped by 1969. A copy of this episode was found in New Zealand in late 1998 and loaned to the BBC, who took a PAL Digital Betacam print for their archive.

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