Marco Polo: Doctor Who: Season 1








Marco Polo SYNOPSIS:

The TARDIS crew lands in the Himalayas of Cathay in 1289, the ship is badly damaged, and they and the ship join up with explorer Marco Polo's caravan on its journey down the Silk Road to meet the Emperor Kublai Khan.

The Doctor and his companions' have to deal with the plans of Tegana, who attempts to sabotage the caravan along its travels through the Pamir Plateau and across the deadly Gobi Desert. Tegana's ultimate aim is to assassinate Kublai Khan in Peking, at the height of his imperial power and lay the blame on Marco.

The Tardis crew also attempt to regain their ship, which Marco has taken to give to Kublai Khan in effort to regain the Emperor's respect. While Marco and his companions deal with Tegana, the Doctor challenges the Emperor to a game of back gammon to regain his repaired ship and avoid execution.

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Marco Polo DETAILS:

Episode Broadcast Run Time Viewership (In Millions)
Episode One: The Roof of the World 22-Feb-64 24:12 9.4
Episode Two: The Singing Sands 29-Feb-64 26:34 9.4
Episode Three: Five Hundred Eyes 7-Mar-64 22:20 9.4
Episode Four: The Wall of Lies 14-Mar-64 24:48 9.9
Episode Five: Rider From Shang-Tu 21-Mar-64 23:26 9.4
Episode Six: Mighty Kublai Khan 28-Mar-64 25:36 8.4
Episode Seven: Assassin at Peking 4-Apr-64 24:48 10.4

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Marco Polo CAST & CREW

The Doctor:
William Hartnell (First Doctor)

Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)

Guest Stars:
Mark Eden — Marco Polo
Derren Nesbitt — Tegana
Zienia Merton — Ping Cho
Martin Miller — Kublai Khan
Jimmy Gardner — Chenchu
Charles Wade — Malik
Philip Voss — Acomat
Paul Carson — Ling-Tau
Gábor Baraker — Wang-Lo
Tutte Lemkow — Kuiju
Claire Davenport — Empress
O. Ikeda — Yeng
Leslie Bates — Man at Lop
Michael Guest — Mongol Bandit
Peter Lawrence — Vizier
Basil Tang — Office Foreman

Production Staff for Serial D:
Writer - John Lucarotti
Directors - Waris Hussein (episodes 1-3,5-7)& John Crockett (episode 4)
Script editor - David Whitaker
Producer - Verity Lambert
Associate Producer - Mervyn Pinfield

Missing all 7 episodes

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Marco Polo REVIEWS


Dr Who meets Marco Polo

What a story! What a 7 part epic! Pity it doesn't exist.

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Marco poloneck sweater - explorer of some kind? Listen to a 7 part historical Hartnell story? No effin' way! It doesn't sound interesting anyway and it's count them - SEVEN parts long!!

Thankfully can't be scored


Marco Polo - the Doctor plays Backgammon... bet they spent a good episode and a half on that one... history lesson stories generally don't do it for me, so I'm not that disappointed about this one missing! No score to give

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Screen Shots:

Marco Polo the Tardis crew

Marco Polo Marco Polo

Marco Polo Sing Po

Marco Polo Tegana

Marco Polo caravan

Marco Polo the Doctor and Marco Polo

Marco Polo Sing Po and Susan

Marco Polo the Doctor and Susan

Marco Polo Tegana with flask

Marco Polo Dr and Ian plead inncoence

Marco Polo Sing Po and Susan go to sleep

Marco Polo Kublai Khan and Marco Polo

Marco Polo the Dr Marco Polo and Tegana

Marco Polo The Doctor and Kublia Khan

Marco Polo marco polo vs Tegana showdown