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Assassin at Peking 

Tegana finally makes his move to assassinate the Khan, giving the Doctor and his friends an opportunity to thwart his plans and regain the TARDIS.

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Waris Hussein

Writer:

John Lucarotti (by)
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Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Mark Eden ... Marco Polo
Derren Nesbitt ... Tegana
Zienia Merton ... Ping-Cho
Martin Miller ... Kublai Khan
Claire Davenport Claire Davenport ... The Empress
Paul Carson Paul Carson ... Ling-Tau
Tutte Lemkow ... Kuiju
Peter Lawrence ... Vizier
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Tegana finally makes his move to assassinate the Khan, giving the Doctor and his friends an opportunity to thwart his plans and regain the TARDIS.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1964 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 10.4 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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[last lines]
Marco Polo: I wonder there they are now. The past, or the future?
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Marco Polo Episode 7: Excellent historic adventure, very well written and acted.
30 June 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review for all 7 episodes:

Marco Polo is a story which covers The Roof of the World and the following six episodes. The adventures take place in the late 1200s in Cathay (ancient China) with Venetian explorer Marco Polo journeying to meet Kublai Khan the Mongol ruler. Polo confiscates the TARDIS and our heroes have an ongoing battle to convince Polo to return it whilst villains try to secure its powers for their own ambitions. The whole story was sadly lost when the BBC wiped the tapes. However the audio survives and along with numerous still photographs from the production a reconstruction is available. There is a full reconstruction with all the audio and stills for all 7 episodes so this is what you need to see, not the 30 minute massively reduced version!

It is a real measure of the quality of this story that even this reconstruction is incredibly interesting and enjoyable. I was totally engrossed despite the lack of moving pictures! The audio preserves the excellent performances of the actors and the brilliant script and story by John Lucarotti.

Marco Polo is an exciting, clever, sometimes amusing and always interesting adventure. The still photographs also leave proof of the superb sets and costumes which make this a top notch production all round.

My Ratings: Episodes 1-4, 6 and 7 - 10/10, Episode 5 - 9.5/10


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