My Thoughts on Story 006 – “The Aztecs”

I’m really becoming enamored of John Lucarotti. I wasn’t overly impressed by “Marco Polo”, but here he proved he can turn out an excellent historical story.


There is nothing that really fails in this story. It’s intelligent and interesting. Even the bad guy is someone you can understand, and by the standards of his culture, he’s not that bad at all.

The acting is also quite superb. Hartnell is never better than he is here. He’s as convincing when dressing down Barbara as he is when flirting with an Aztec woman.

And speaking of Barbara, how great is Hill’s performance in this story? She really is a better actress than she’s generally given credit for, and this story proves it.

All in all, if you want a good, solid, accessible First Doctor story to show someone, you probably can’t do better than this.

Writer John Lucarotti
Director John Crockett
Script editor David Whitaker
Producer Verity Lambert
Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
Executive producer(s) None
Incidental music composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Production code F
Series Season 1
Length 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Date started 23 May 1964
Date ended 13 June 1964

Next episode: “Strangers in Space”

Next story: “The Sensorites”


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