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From the Golden Age of Civilisation (and Television Too),
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Aztecs  [DVD]  (DVD)
The Aztecs is an interesting footnote in terms of television's longest continuously running television series in that it reflects the original ethos of series' producer Verity Lambert to produce a show that entertained and educated (truly in the spirit of the BBC). Indeed these stories (which also included 'The Romans' and 'The Reign of Terror' are a world apart from the Doctor Who we tend to recognise with bizarre other-worldly creatures or clanking killer dustbins.
The plot of this story centres around the TARDIS landing in pre-conquistador Aztec territory and becoming embroiled in an internecine conflict of interest amongst the elders of the Aztec settlement. The TARDIS crew are also torn by their superior knowledge that could easily help the feudal Aztecs to better themselves, but do they do so and risk changing the future?
This story is a delightfully intriguing and entertaining step away from Who territory and poses more thoughtful questions for the viewer. Though after forty odd years the stock BBC sets do look a little creaky, it doesn't detract too much from a tour de force of recalcitrant grandfather that was the hallmark of William Hartnell's Doctor. A shame that barely two years later the choice would be made squarely to move away from historical drama's to purely Cybermen and Dalek based antics...