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.
|Script editor||David Whitaker|
Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer)
|Incidental music composer||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|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”