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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Finds Love And Human Sacrifice
Thoroughly enjoyable romp into one-take early Sixties British television and a valuable, immaculately presented document of all the elements that made Dr Who one of most popular programmes of the period. Hartnell's Dr Who is severe, pompous, self-involved, distracted, an old genius on the verge of dementia. It's a brilliant characterisation, partly originating in...
Published on 28 Jun 2005 by Adam Lampe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Aztecs
An all round pretty good story that did keep me watching, obviously dated now but still good.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars history lesson...hooray!!!, 16 Feb 2010
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The Doctor and his companions arrive in aztec times. a tribe of aztecs find them and they make barbara a goddess. the power becomes too much for her. can the Doctor stop her and bring her to her senses?
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Money for old rope!!!, 2 Jun 2013
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Only bought this to get the missing Galaxy 4 episode. Already own the Aztecs on DVD so kinda annoyed at having to re-buy it just to get this episode.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Aztecs, 31 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Aztecs (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Average story but excellent extras!

Special Features - Disc One:

Commentary - with actors William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, producer Verity Lambert OBE.

Arabic Soundtrack - optional soundtrack for episode four only.

Remembering The Aztecs - actors John Ringham, Ian Cullen and Walter Randall recall the production of the story and of television production in the sixties in general.

Designing The Aztecs - designer Barry Newbery talks about his work on the story, illustrated with many never-before-seen production drawings and photographs from his personal collection.

Cortez and Monezuma - an extract from a 1970 Blue Peter, introduced by Valerie Singleton on location in Mexico, giving historical background to the Aztec belief in human sacrifice.

Restoring The Aztecs - a short featurette demonstrating the restoration and videoisation effects used for the release. With subtitles.

Making Cocoa - an animated guide to making cocoa the Aztec way, voiced in character by John Ringham as Tlotoxl and Walter Randall as Tonila, with both characters animated and presented in South Park style.

TARDIS-Cam no.3 - the third of BBCi's TARDIS-Cam shots.

Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story

Easter Egg - an animated BBC Enterprises logo recovered from the end of one of the prints sold overseas.

Intro Sequences - the umbrella story title The Aztecs does not appear on any of the episodes, so for (outdated now) BBFC compliance a caption card with the title has been provided. To add interest, six versions have been provided, each with a different voiceover, in character, from three of the actors involved in the production. The intention is that the disc will randomly select one of these six sequences and play it out at the appropriate point.

PDF Material - Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac
Programme subtitles

Special Features - Disc Two:

Galaxy 4 (dur. 64' 43") - a shortened reconstruction of the missing story Galaxy 4, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation plus the recently recovered complete episode three to tell the story.

Chronicle - The Realms of Gold - John Julius Norwich's superlative 1969 retelling of the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Aztecs, which also features music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Dr. Forever! - Celestial Toyroom - the first of a new five-part series introduced by Ayesha Antoine looks at Doctor Who toys. With original series producer Verity Lambert, new series creator Russell T Davies, writers Mark Gatiss, Rob Shearman, Paul Cornell and Joseph Lidster, BBC Worldwide product licensing executive Richard Hollis, product approval executive Dave Turbitt and ex- range editor Steve Cole, AudioGO commissioning editor Michael Stevens, Character Options' Alasdair Dewar, DWM's toy reviewer Jim Sangster and last, but by no means least, Doctor Who's very own Winston Churchill, actor Ian McNiece.

It's a Square World - the very first Doctor Who skit (as far as we can ascertain), with Clive Dunn in full First Doctor costume as a scientist demonstrating his new space rocket to Michael Bentine, resulting in Television Centre being launched into space! Features cameo appearances by Patrick Moore and Albert Steptoe.

A Whole Scene Going - an excerpt from a recently recovered edition of the sixties music and arts programme, featuring an interview with director Gordon Flemyng and a behind the scenes look at filming of his movie Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 AD.

Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release of The Ice Warriors.

Radio Times Listings - in Adobe PDF format.Programme subtitles
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely the VERY BEST Dr Who DVD released so far, 19 Dec 2005
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W. Grant "ratsinparadise" (Sheffield, UK) - See all my reviews
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Amazing! Words cannot describe what a privilege it is to see this, one of the earliest and best television serials, of any genre, remastered and presented in this way on DVD.
I am a discerning Dr Who fan, who generally prefers the best stories from the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras, but this I can honestly say is better than any story from either.
The storyline, scripting, acting, sets, costumes and even special effects are immaculate - the Restoration Team has made it look like it was made yesterday.
Historically, The Aztecs is one of the most important television programmes ever made in the world. And here it is, presented in beautifully restored quality for you to enjoy... and enjoy it you will, for this innocent black and white William Hartnell story from the sixties is infinitely more satisfying than all the usual Tom Baker episodes that are considered classics, e.g. Weng-Chiang, Pyramids of Mars, Robots of Death etc. The Aztecs is an episode with real substance. The best Dr Who DVD bar none.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vintage DR WHO, 11 Mar 2013
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Not dissapointed prefer the older Dr Who stories personally and this is another great one always reliable Dr Who classics
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who the Aztecs, 16 Mar 2011
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This is a very good story for it time and well written also historic correct it good to see a Dr Who story that not doing science fiction and seeing how good the show was in it first year The restoration team has done a good job of cleaning up the episodes as usual and the commentary plus information text and documentaries make it good value for the money a must for Dr Who of the classic series
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Hartnell story, 21 Nov 2013
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I was never a big fan of Hartnell's era of who, after having watched dreadful stories like the keys of martinus and the dalek invasion of earth. So when I decided to watch this story on the channel Watch, I wasn't expecting anything great. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this gem of a story. The first story to tackle the perils of changing history everybody was on fine form in this masterpiece. Highly reccommended
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Hartnell Story, 16 Jan 2012
First of all, I received this by accident, seller got mine and another's orders mixed up, but he let me keep this.

Watched it last night, and it is really good, definitely buy this.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ancient History, 28 Jun 2009
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Ronald Ellis (North Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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I bought this to add to my early Dr Who Collection, and was not disappointed.

Nothing like the colour and fizz of later Shows, but well made and I enjoyed it
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clunky classic, 30 Mar 2011
As with so many early Hartnell serials, this one is of it's time. It's a must for completest fans, but I suspect if you're a fan of the aliens and the sci fi side of Who, then this historical romp may not be for you.
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