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The TARDIS materialises inside an Aztec tomb. Outside it, the Doctor and his companions soon discover that Mexico in the 15th century is a bloodthirsty and dangerous place…
And with Barbara mistaken for a reincarnation of an ancient high priest called Yetaxa, the history teacher thinks that she can put an end to the barbaric human sacrifices once and for all. But can she rewrite history without disastrous consequences?
· Commentary with William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman), and producer Verity Lambert.
· Remembering The Aztecs Actors John Ringham, Ian Cullen and Walter Randall recall the production of the story.
· Designing the Aztecs Designer Barry Newbery talks about his work.
· Cortez and Montezuma An extract from a 1970 Blue Peter.
· Restoring The Aztecs A short feature demonstrating this release’s restoration.
· Making Cocoa An animated guide to making cocoa the Aztec way.
· TARDIS-Cam no. 3 The third of BBCi’s TARDIS-Cam shorts.
· Optional Arabic soundtrack For episode four only.
· Intro Sequences Specially recorded introductions to each episode
· Galaxy 4 A reconstruction of the missing story Galaxy 4, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation plus the recently recovered complete episode three.
· Chronicle – The Realms of Gold John Julius Norwich’s 1969 retelling of the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Aztecs.
· Dr Forever! – Celestial Toyroom The first of a new five-part series looks at Doctor Who toys.
· It’s a Square World The very first Doctor Who skit.
· A Whole Scene Going An interview with director Gordon Flemyng and a behind-the-scenes look at filming of his film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 AD.
· Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
· Easter Egg
· Coming Soon Trailer
· Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality
Apart from Hartnell the acting is variable to say the least, especially from his erstwhile companions. However, John Ringham as Tlotoxl is a highlight. Basically, he does Oliver's Richard III. He's hilarious while, at the same time, curiously appropiate. He develops the intrigue of the complex and morally ambiguous plot which explores the fallacy of an outsider(in this case, Barbara) interfering with an established culture. The intelligence of Dr Who's scripts obviously contributed to its broad audience.
The DVD has some excellent features, notably the documentary 'Remembering the Aztecs', and the digital remastering of the original material is superb.
Not just history or nostalgia, but genuinely engaging television for a 21st century audience.