Thursday, April 16, 2009

F3 - The Bride of Sacrifice

( which there was no sacrifice, nor a bride to be sacrificed.)

Things that are great about this episode are: The Doctor's reaction to his accidental marriage proposal to Cameca; Tlotoxl and Tonilla trying to poison Barbara to prove she is a false goddess; Susan resisting her arranged marriage with The Perfect Victim, thus starting a chain of events that thrusts her squarely back into the thick of things after two weeks off, Tlotoxl's great facial reaction to nearly having his throat slit by Barbara; both Ian and Ixta struggling to make it look like the stone covering the tunnel weighs a lot....okay, maybe not that last one.

It's getting tough to write about this story as it just clips along fromg great scene to great scene. Admittedly, like a lot of Part Threes in the history of Doctor Who, much of this episode is taken up by lighting fuses for dynamite that will go off in Part Four, but it is still a triumph.


Anonymous said...

Y'know, I kind of forget how the crew gets out of their predicament in "The Aztecs." At least Barbara doesn't become a double of the Doctor...

Anonymous said...

Ive just watched this for the first time in about 15 years, and it's just as good as I remembered. It truly deserves it's classic status. As I rewatch these episodes I become more and more impressed by the original TARDIS crew and Ian in particular. William Russell's peformances are top notch and he really is underrated by fandom. He of course didnt have much to do in this ep,its carried wonderfuly by Jackie Hill. William Hartnell is also fantastic in episode 3, and really shows his comedic skills as slowly he is becoming the character we all know and love.

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