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Serial: F   Episode Nos. 27,28,29, and 30.  Title: The Aztecs Special Edition

 

When the TARDIS arrives within the tomb of an Aztec High Priest, Barbara is mistaken as

his reincarnation and hailed as a goddess by the Aztecs.  She decides against the Doctor's

instructions to try to end the Aztecs' tradition of human sacrifice in hopes this will save

their civilization, but in doing so she places all their lives at risk when the High Priest of

Sacrifice turns against her.

 

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as

Barbara Wright, and Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman. 

 

Written by John Lucarotti, Associate Produced by Mervyn Pinfield, Produced by Verity

Lambert, and Directed by John Crockett.

 

Originally transmitted from 23 May 1964 to 13 June 1964 on BBC1.

 

AND

 

Serial T  Episode No. 84.  Title:  Galaxy 4  (Episode 3:  Air Lock)

 

This is an episode that was missing from the BBC archives until late 2011, when it was returned

from a private collector.  It’s the third episode of a four-part story, and is topped and tailed

by a condensed reconstruction of the missing episodes using the surviving original soundtrack,

photo stills and CGI. 

 

The TARDIS has landed on a planet that will destroy itself in two dawns’ time.  Also nearby are

two crashed spaceships that shot each other down.  One is crewed by four beautiful women

from the planet Drahva who say that the disgusting Rill creatures in the other ship fired first.

The Rills have a different story. In the surviving episode, the Doctor and Vicki begin to learn

the truth about the Rills via their droid-like robot servants, the Chumblies, while Steven is

held prisoner and under threat in the Drahvin ship’s airlock. 

 

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, Maureen O’Brien as Vicki, and Peter Purves as Steven.

 

Written by William Emms, Produced by Verity Lambert, and Directed by Derek Martinus.

 

Originally transmitted from 11 September to 2 October 1965 on BBC1. 

 

Features described below in italics are new to this edition and were not present on the original

release of The Aztecs.

 

A 2-Disc Set. 

On Disc 1:

-     All 4 25-minute episodes of The Aztecs.

-          Graphical menus, episode selection features, and scene selection features.

-          Fresh restoration of all 4 25-minute episodes, including a better-refined version of the

VidFIRE video-look process. This story has been selected by BBC America to represent

the First Doctor era in their “The Doctors Revisited” series of repeats.  The prints they

used were NOT restored.  The prints on this DVD look eye-poppingly better than what

BBC America’s used.

-     Commentary by actors William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Carole Ann Ford (Susan),

       and Producer Verity Lambert.

-     Production Notes subtitles option. Displays pop-up production information as the story

      plays.  These notes are newly-researched and rewritten from the original edition.

-          “Remembering the Aztecs” - 28 minutes of new interviews with three of the guest

       cast from the story: Ian Cullen (Ixta), Walter Randall (Tonila), and John Ringham (Tlotoxl).

-          “Cortez and Montezuma” – a 6 minute BBC educational feature from 1970 briefly

describing the real-life Aztec civilization.

-          “Restoring the Aztecs” 8 minute compare-and-contrast featurette about the restoration and

clean-up given to these episodes, and the VidFIRE video-look process.

This feature has an optional production notes feature that displays if the general Production

Notes feature has been switched on.  (highly recommended that you switch them on before

watching this one)

-          TARDIS-Cam No. 3, from the BBC online website for Doctor Who.

-          Intro sequences.  There are six different introductions from the interviewed members

of the guest cast that randomly play at the beginning when you select the “Play All” feature

on the main menu.

-          “Designing the Aztecs” 25 minute interview feature with Barry Newbery, the production

designer on the serial, featuring many photographs from his own collection.

-          “Making Cocoa” – a South Park-style animated featurette starring Tlotoxl and Tonila from

the story, where they tell you how the Aztecs made cocoa. 

-          An Arabic-language alternate soundtrack on the fourth episode, salvaged from the 1960s

overseas syndication package, which also features different incidental music from the original.

-          Photo Gallery.

-     1 Easter Egg.  To know how to access it and what it is, highlight the following blank space: 

-           Go to the “Special Features” menu.  Highlight “Intro Sequences” and press the left arrow. 

-          A Doctor Who logo will appear and be highlighted.  Click on this and you will see the

-          “Distributed by BBC TV Enterprises” closing trailer that was used on overseas syndicated

-          film prints of BBC shows in the 1960s.1960s, like this

-          one. 

 

On Disc 2:

-     Galaxy 4.  A 65-minute presentation of this 4-episode story.   This begins with a 28-minute

      abdidged reconstruction of the first two episodes, using the surviving soundtracks, still

      photos, CGI, and two surviving clips from the first episode (the second of which is 6 minutes

      long).  The recently-recovered third episode, Air Lock, is then shown in its entirety.  That is

      then followed by another 13-minute reconstruction of the concluding episode.

-     Chronicle – The Realms of Gold.  A 50-minute BBC documentary made in the early 1970s

      about the conquest of the Aztec civilization by the Spanish conquistador Cortez. 

-     Doctor Forever! Celestial Toyroom.  A new 23-minute featurette about the various toy ranges

      of Doctor Who there have been through its history. 

-     It’s A Square World.  A 7-minute BBC comedy sketch from the 1960s starring Clive Dunn

      (of Dad’s Army fame) as a faux First Doctor, explaining how a British space rocket will work.

      Also features David Frost and Patrick Moore. 

-     A Whole Scene Going.  A 5-minute segment from an arts program that interviewed Gordon

      Flemyng, the director of the Peter Cushing-starring film Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD

      that includes a visit to the set.

-     Coming Soon.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD of The Ice Warriors.

-     PDF Files.  Put this disc into a computer and you can access a PDF file of the original

      Radio Times billings for The Aztecs.

 

There is one feature that was present on the original edition of this DVD that’s not present on

this one.  This is the Who’s Who text files of actors’ biographies.