I made some cocoa and got engaged.

19th May 1964:  Dr Who encounters the ancient Aztecs in an episode of the famous TV series. From left to right, the actors are John Ringham, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, William Hartnell (1908 - 1975) and Keith Pyott.  (Photo by Moore/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

19th May 1964: Dr Who encounters the ancient Aztecs in an episode of the famous TV series. From left to right, the actors are John Ringham, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, William Hartnell (1908 – 1975) and Keith Pyott. (Photo by Moore/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

After the last story comes a bit of a classic. This has so much to love about it.

I’ve seen it plenty of times and know the story well and it’s a belter.

But, just as good as the story is the production values. For such a ‘cheap’ show as Doctor Who, they really tried their best to create some wonderful sets. And for the most part it works beautifully. These are shown off to their fullest when the production moves to Television Centre for episode 3 and the difference in camera work is obvious.

Performance wise, everyone is giving it their all. John Ringham as Tlotoxl is superb. A true three dimensional ‘villain’. And that’s worth pointing out. Who are the villains here? The Aztecs who are trying to protect their culture or Barbara, judging them by her own moral standards and attempting to undermine their way of life?

On DVD this is another cracking transfer with superb infotext that really brings the production to life. Surely, the next story has to be as good (clue, I know it isn’t).

BARBARA: It’s no good, Doctor, my mind’s made up. This is the beginning of the end of the Sun God.
DOCTOR: What are you talking about?
BARBARA: Don’t you see? If I could start the destruction of everything that’s evil here, then everything that is good would survive when Cortes lands.
DOCTOR: But you can’t rewrite history! Not one line!
SUSAN: Barbara, the high priests are coming.
DOCTOR: Barbara, one last appeal. What you are trying to do is utterly impossible. I know, believe me, I know.
BARBARA: Not Barbara, Yetaxa.