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Doctor Who; The Aztecs [Paperback]

John Lucarotti
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: W.H. Allen (1984)
  • ISBN-10: 0491034628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0491034623
  • ASIN: B000IW7W74
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Spirit of Yetaxa has returned 6 Oct 2012
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The audio readings of the novelisations of the classic Doctor Who stories are absolutely and utterly brilliant, and this is no exception. William Russell (Ian in the original series) reads John Lucarotti's novelisation of his own story first broadcast in 1964, only the sixth story of the first season of Doctor Who.

Ian and Barbara are still newbies in the time travel world, and Barbara, finding herself mistaken for the returned spirit of the great god Yetaxa, sees this as a chance to persuade the Aztecs to stop their blood sacrifices, and hopefully avert the awful fate she knows is theirs in just fifty years time with the arrival of the Conquistadores. The Doctor, sadly, knows there is nothing she can do to change history, but Barbara has to learn this lesson herself.

Meanwhile, Ian is taken to become an Aztec warrior and incurs the envy of Ixta who wants to be the chief warrior himself; Susan, Yetaxa's handmaiden, rebels against the rules of the Aztecs and is used as a pawn by the High Priest of Sacrifice, the ghastly Tlotoxl, in his schemes to remove all the time travellers from his path. It's up to the Doctor to try and find a way where they can all safely get back to the Tardis and leave; but circumstances don't make this easy.

This is a fantastic story; it's long enough that we get to really know the main characters; not only the Doctor and the Tardis crew, but the priests, the warriors and the lady Cameca, and those who give themselves in sacrifice to their gods. The twists and turns of the story, the wonderfully rounded characters and the Tardis crew are all in fine form in this story, and the reading by William Russell is, as always, absolutely spot on. This is 4 hours and 55 minutes of unalloyed joy to listen to, and is one that will be treasured and listened to often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You can't rewrite history, not one line!" 30 Sep 2012
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The TARDIS lands in 15th Century Mexico, and the time-travellers find themselves drawn into the world of the Aztecs. With the TARDIS locked inside a tomb, the Doctor must find a way to get inside - no easy task when they were designed to keep grave-robbers out.

The Doctor's companions all have their own problems. Barbara is mistaken for the God Yetaxa, and must face the suspicion of the High Priest of Sacrifice - Tlotoxl, who is convinced she is a false goddess. Ian finds himself drafted into the Army, fighting for survival against the jealous Ixta. And Susan faces being married off to the Perfect Victim, soon to be sacrificed with all honour. And then the Doctor finds he has accidentally become engaged ....

The Aztecs by John Lucarotti was published by Target Books in 1984 and was based on his four-part story transmitted in 1964. It's a good adaptation of a well regarded story, sticking closely to the source material. It's interesting to see how Lucarotti deftly draws his characters, and there are no heroes and villains, with each protagonist having their own point of view and motivations.

Indeed, when the TARDIS crew leave, Barbara reflects that they have destroyed the faith of the reasonable Autloc, who believed in Barbara as Yetaxa. When he finds he has been deceived, he leaves the city to wander the wilderness outside.

William Russell, who played Ian Chesterton in the original story, is the reader. Now in his late eighties, it's wonderful to hear him re-tell these stories from nearly fifty years ago. The sound effects and music, which on some of these releases can be overwhelming at times, are quite restrained.

The Aztecs is a very strong entry in the ever growing series of Doctor Who Classic Novels audiobooks and the quality of the original story, as well as the reading by William Russell, make this well worth picking up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reader 28 Feb 2014
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If William Russell read the phone book on this disc he could make it enjoyable. The fact that its a pretty good book helps and the narration is superb. I gave it 4 due to the sound production which once again on the mid to later releases on these books is so in your face (or ears?) that it becomes noticeable and takes me out of the story
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