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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Sacrificing “The Aztecs”)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Sacrificing “The Aztecs”)

It’s not a good idea to bet against the Doctor. There are lots of lessons learned in Doctor Who’s second “pure” historical, The Aztecs, but the folly going against the instructions of the curmudgeon with the time ship is probably the biggest. Of course, Barbara’s attempts to rewrite history by softening the more barbaric instincts of the eponymous civilization are what gives this particular story its weighty drama, so we’ll forgive her for not getting the memo. But the true lesson of this serial is up for debate: Is it the best historical of the entire series? And if so, what does that say about the other 59 years of the franchise?

Commentary for The Aztecs begins at 20:34.

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Story Essentials

  • Season 1, Serial 6

  • Story number: 6, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Writer: John Lucarotti

  • Director: John Crockett

  • Producer: Verity Lambert

  • Aired 23 May – 13 June 1964

Pull To Open: The Aztecs

  • Season 4

  • Episode 36

Hosts: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Pete Pachal⁠⁠⁠⁠ and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Chris Taylor⁠⁠⁠⁠

Music: Martin West/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Thinking Fish⁠⁠⁠

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