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A new adventure begins today

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ONE of the most baffling civilisations ever to flourish on this earth was that of the Aztecs of Mexico. On the 5.15 one hand they built magnificent structures, maintained an elaborate social and political system, and had. a far greater knowledge of some sciences—particularly astronomy—than the Europeans of their day. On the other hand, they practised a religion which demanded human sacrifices.

So when the wandering Tardis sets its four passengers down in this beautiful and cruel 'world which existed before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the fifteenth century, both the Doctor and Ian as students of the sciences, and Barbara as an historian, find plenty to exercise their minds.

In this evening's opening episode Barbara finds herself suddenly elevated to a position of strange dignity and power.

Barbara is in real life Jacqueline Hill, an actress whose work for BBC-tv has included the thriller serial Six Proud Walkers and a Maigret story called 'The Trap.' She takes Dr. Who very seriously indeed, and says 'I don't regard it as fantasy. The notion of how the travellers reach their destinations may be fantastic, but when they get there they're involved in reality.'

Miss Hill, who is married to the television and film producer Alvin Rakoff, has no children of her own to criticise her performance.

But our best friends have two children,' she says, 'and one of them is usually ready to tell me when I have gone wrong.'


Caption: William Hartnell as Dr. Who with Jacqueline Hill as Barbara

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