Doctor Who - The Aztecs
2 January 2002
The early days of Doctor Who saw the series revolve its storylines around two main genres - historical and futuristic stories. The futuristic concepts of the series became the dominant force in the show's storytelling arsenal, with the historical tales gradually phased out. But the general economies of scale that early Doctor Who had to contend with means that - nearly 40 years after it was made - The Aztecs stands up as a piece of TV drama far better than its 'futuristic' contemporaries. Whilst Doctor Who struggled to portray the far future on a tight budget, the BBC acquitted itself admirably with historical drama, and The Aztecs is drama of the highest order.
The TARDIS takes the Doctor and his companions back in time to fifteenth-century Mexico, the center of the Aztec civilization and materialises in an ancient Aztec temple. 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. The Doctor must convince Barbara to let history follow its natural course and return to the TARDIS before their real identities are discovered. Can they escape before they become the next blood sacrifices?
Packed with Special Features, Dr Who - The Aztecs DVD includes previously unseen footage, theme music options, cast and producer commentaries and more.