One of the most common complains levelled at the New Who TV series is that the threats faced by the Doctor are always on a universal scale; there’re not enough as simple survival stories. Before the days of sweeping story-arcs, the Doctor faced a mixture of intergalactic and personal threats; this CD audiobook shows those young ‘uns how it’s done.
The Aztecs has some real surprises in store: the Tardis lands in an Aztec city and is accidentally dropped into the Tomb of the High Priest, Yetaxa. Being hailed as Yetaxa’s reincarnation, Barbara decides to use her new-found influence to put a stop to the Aztec practice of human sacrifice – much to the Doctor’s dismay; after all, any seasoned time-traveller knows you can’t rewrite history. It’s up to the Doctor to enable their escape when things go wrong – but is his judgement clouded through falling in love?
Long-time fans will recognise narrator William Russell, as one of the Doctor’s first companions, Ian Chesterton. His abilities as a narrator are superb and the time he spent with William Hartnell’s Doctor has obviously informed his performance. Russell successfully captures all the suspense and drama of a more domestic story, making this MP3 audiobook a stand-out adventure amongst the Doctor’s more interplanetary travels.