Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 25

The Warlords

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Apr 17, 1965 on BBC
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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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    Evelyn Ong

    Evelyn Ong

    Concubine [uncredited]

    Guest Star

    Mei Ling

    Mei Ling

    Concubine [uncredited]

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    Cicely Joseph

    Cicely Joseph

    Concubine [uncredited]

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      • After working on this episode, a bitter argument between Douglas Camfield and Dudley Simpson resulted in Camfield refusing to let Simpson write the musical score for any further episodes which he directed. Eventually he learned that their argument had been based on a misunderstanding.

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      • The master 405-line videotape of this episode was wiped on 31 January 1969: no tapes survive in the BBC archives. Luckily telesnaps still exist with the BBC.

        Episodes 2 and 4 of this serial are the only missing episodes from the second season.

      • Julian Glover, who played Richard the Lionheart, would later play the role of Count Scarlioni in Season 17's City of Death.

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