Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 24

The Wheel of Fortune

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Apr 10, 1965 on BBC
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The Wheel of Fortune
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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    Anthony Colby

    Anthony Colby

    Saracen Warrior

    Guest Star

    Raymond Novak

    Raymond Novak

    Saracen Warrior

    Guest Star

    Chris Konyils

    Chris Konyils

    Saracen Warrior

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Princess Joanna [ to the Doctor ]: There's something new in you, yet something older than the sky itself.

      • Haroun: If the soldiers persist in their search and you think that they will find you, take this and use it.
        (Haroun hands Barbara a knife.)
        Barbara: Kill her?
        Haroun: Yes, and afterwards yourself.
        Barbara: No!
        Haroun: You must.
        Barbara: No, life is better than this!
        Haroun: You do not know El Akir.

      • The Doctor [ on the King's plan to marry Princess Joanna to Saphadin ]: Will she agree?
        King Richard: You should rather ask how can she refuse. To stem the blood, bind up the wounds, and give a host of men lives and futures? Oh, now there's a marriage contract to put sacrifice to shame and make a saint of any woman!

    • NOTES (2)

      • 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.

        This episode was included in Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years (BBCV 4608) released in June 1991. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1098) in January 1992.

      • Although the master tape of this episode was wiped by the BBC, a 16mm telecine recording survived at the Film & TV library.

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