The Aztecs
 

No. 18 of 170 in the BBC classic series DVDs series
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Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell & Jacqueline Hill
By:John Lucarotti & William Emms
Rating:   8.4  (164 votes)  Vote here
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Editions:  UK UK (standard DVD) | Australia Australia (standard DVD) | US US (standard DVD) | UK UK (special DVD) | US US (special DVD) | Australia Australia (special DVD)
Note:This story was also released in Italy, as part of I Dalek invadono la Terra (The Dalek Invasion of Earth) box set.

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Edition: UK UK (standard DVD)
When:  October 2002
Format: 1 x DVD
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The TARDIS takes the Doctor and his companions back in time to fifteenth century Mexico, the centre of the Aztec civilisation. But when Barbara is mistaken for the reincarnation of the High Priest Yetaxa, the time travellers find themselves caught up in a vicious political power struggle which could cost them their lives...

Special Features

  • Commentary by Verity Lambert OBE, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford.
  • Remembering the Aztecs A newly-recorded documentary featuring John Ringham, Walter Randall and Ian Cullen.
  • Designing the Aztecs An exclusive interview with set designer Barry Newbery.
  • The Story of Cortez and Montezuma Originally transmitted on Blue Peter on 21/09/70 and features Valerie Singleton.
  • Restoring the Aztecs A look at the digital remastering process for this DVD.
  • Arabic Soundtrack The final episode includes an option to view it in Arabic.
  • Making Cocoa An animated guide to making cocoa the Aztec way.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
  • TARDIS-Cam No. 3

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 23rd May — 13th June 1964.

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Edition: Australia Australia (standard DVD)
When:  December 2002
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Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US (standard DVD)
When:  March 2003
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Note:  Contains an extra not present on the UK or Australian releases — "Who's Who", which consists of short text biographies of the main cast.

Cover blurb:
"You can't rewrite history, not one line."

In the earliest surviving of Doctor Who's historical adventures, the TARDIS materializes in an ancient Aztec tomb. The Doctor and companions Ian, Barbara and Susan find much to admire in the Aztec civilization.

However, Barbara has been mistaken for the reincarnation of the Aztecs' High Priest, Yetaxa. The time travelers soon find themselves caught up in a vicious power struggle that could cost them their lives, especially if Barbara continues to wield her influence in an effort to divert the course of history.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • Commentary by producer Verity Lambert and actors William Russell and Carole Ann Ford
  • Retrospective featurettes: Remembering the Aztecs and Designing the Aztecs
  • Archival featurettes The Story of Cortez and Montezuma and Restoring the Aztecs
  • Animated featurette Making Cocoa
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Note Option
  • TARDIS-Cam No. 3
  • Arabic soundtrack option on Episode 4
  • Who's Who

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Edition: UK UK (special DVD)
When:  March 2013
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Note:  Also includes the recently-discovered Galaxy 4 episode 3 — an audio commentary for that episode was released on audio CD in 2016.

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The TARDIS materialises in Mexico in the 15th century, where the Doctor and his companions soon discover that it is a bloodthirsty and dangerous place. With Barbara mistaken for a reincarnation of an Aztec high priest called Yetaxa, she thinks that she can put an end to the barbaric human sacrifices once and for all. But can she rewrite history without disastrous consequences?

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary with William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman), and producer Verity Lambert
  • Remembering The Aztecs
  • Designing the Aztecs
  • Cortez and Montezuma An extract from a 1970 Blue Peter
  • Restoring The Aztecs
  • Making Cocoa
  • TARDIS-Cam no. 3
  • Optional Arabic Soundtrack For episode 4 only
  • Intro Sequences
  • Galaxy 4 A reconstruction of the missing story Galaxy 4, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation plus the recently recovered episode three
  • Chronicle — The Realms of Gold
  • Doctor Forever! — Celestial Toyroom
  • It's a Square World
  • A Whole Scene Going An interview with director Gordon Flemyng and a look at filming of his film Daleks — Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
  • Easter Egg
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 23th [sic] May and 13th June 1964

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The TARDIS materializes 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?

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • Audio Commentary with actors William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman) and producer Verity Lambert
  • Remembering The Aztecs Making Of (28 mins)
  • Designing the Aztecs Barry Newbery interview (24 mins)
  • Cortez and Montezuma An extract from a 1970 Blue Peter (6 mins)
  • Restoring The Aztecs (8 mins)
  • Making Cocoa (2 mins)
  • TARDIS-Cam no. 3 (1 min)
  • Galaxy 4 Reconstruction of the missing story Galaxy 4 including the recently recovered complete episode three (64 mins)
  • Chronicle — The Realms of Gold John Julius Norwich's 1969 program on the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the Aztecs (50 mins)
  • Doctor Forever! — Celestial Toyroom (22 mins)
  • It's a Square World The very first Doctor Who skit (7 mins)
  • A Whole Scene Going Director Gordon Flemyng on the making of his film Daleks — Invasion Earth: 2150 AD (4 mins)
  • Photo Gallery (4 mins)
  • Intro Sequences
  • Optional Arabic soundtrack Episode 4 only
  • PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted May 23 — June 13, 1964

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Edition: Australia Australia (special DVD)
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Cover blurb:
Same as UK edition, but without the Easter Egg and Coming Soon Trailer listed among the extras.



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