Doctor Who (1963)

Season 1 Episode 27

The Temple of Evil

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM May 23, 1964 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

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