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-> '''Vicki''': ''Doctor? Will he really see Jerusalem?''\\
'''The Doctor''': ''Only from afar. He won't be able to capture it. Even now, his armies are marching on a campaign that he can never win.''\\
'''Vicki''': ''That's terrible. Can't we tell him?''\\
'''The Doctor''': ''I'm afraid not, my dear. No. History must take its course.''

The one where Ian nearly gets killed by ants.

We're back to history once again, as the TARDIS arrives in 12th century Palestine. Barbara is immediately kidnapped, this time by Saracens. Vicki and the Doctor cunningly steal some clothes (with Vicki posing as a boy) and make their way to the English encampment. King Richard the Lionheart reluctantly grants Ian the right to ride off and find Barbara -- knighting him "Sir Ian of Jaffa" for the purpose.

Another companion of the King, William des Preaux, is posing as Richard in Saladin's court to protect his King. He befriends Barbara, and they both decide to act as if Barbara is Richard's sister, Joanna. This backfires spectacularly because Saladin's brother, Saphadin, has a massive crush on Joanna and immediately knows that Barbara isn't her.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Vicki stay behind and try unsuccessfully not to get caught up in courtly intrigues. Joanna (hey, it's Jean Marsh!) overhears them saying that Vicki isn't a boy, and although she's amused by the ruse, she feels that she can't trust the two. She still allows Vicki to be dressed up as a proper lady and to become her confidante, eager for some friendship in these lands.

Barbara flees from Saphadin's men and is eventually sheltered by a man named Haroun, whose daughter Maimuna has been kidnapped and raped by El Akir (TheDragon in Saladin's court). Haroun lives for revenge, and has hidden the fate of Maimuna, as well as the death of his wife and son at El Akir's hands, from his other daughter Safiya. While Haroun sees his chance to finally kill El Akir, he leaves Barbara with his trusted knife and tells her to kill Safiya and herself if they are captured by soldiers.

El Akir almost immediately subdues Haroun, who doesn't stand a chance without his knife. Barbara makes a brave stand, but is dragged off to El Akir. She escapes again and hides in the harem, where she meets the traumatised Maimuna.

Meanwhile, Ian gets TrappedByMountainLions in the form of some hungry ants and an IneffectualSympatheticVillain named Ibrahim. He convinces Ibrahim to steal them some horses and help him get into Saladin's court. They invade the harem just in time to witness Barbara's betrayal to El Akir at the hands on one of the harem women, Fatima, in exchange for a ruby ring. After a quick battle, Haroun is reunited with Maimuna, and Fatima has to face the revenge of the other women.

In the middle of all that, the Doctor and Vicki discover that King Richard plans to marry Joanna off to Saphadin to form a pact. Joanna obviously has a ''serious problem'' with that, and after a roaring speech to him, treatens to involve the Pope if Richard goes through with it. Richard is led to believe that the Doctor and Vicki are the ones who told Joanna of the plan -- and although it's revealed to all that the Earl of Leicester is actually the one who told her, the Doctor and Vicki wisely decide to flee the court.

They meet up with Ian and Barbara outside the TARDIS, where Ian pretends to a group of soldiers that he's captured the Doctor, and the entire group vanishes into the TARDIS.

Which promptly goes dark...



* ArrangedMarriage
* {{Blackface}}: Most of the Saracens, although some are played by actual Africans.
* BoundAndGagged: Barbara at the beginning when she is captured.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the King Out]]: When Joanna learns what the Richard has planned for her, she gives him an epic bawling-out.
* ContinuityNod:
** The Doctor tells Vicki that time must be allowed to run its course, as he had previously told Barbara in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]".
** Barbara makes reference to several previous adventures when talking to Saladin. She tells him about [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth England in the far future]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans her meeting with Nero in July 64]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet the Zarbi on Vortis]].
* DamselInDistress: Played with, since Barbara is anything but passive in captivity.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Sexual abuse of an underaged girl, a whole lot of graphic violence, and Barbara being given a knife to kill herself and Safiya should they get captured.
* TheDogBitesBack: Haroun kills El Akir.
* FriendshipMoment: The Doctor and Vicki share a lot of giggles and a very sweet cuddle in this episode, and bond over their shared thieving skills.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: El Akir has a scar on the left side of his face.
** [[CastingGag It appears that]] [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]] has been involved in this Crusade as well.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart, Leicester, Saladin...
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Said almost word for word by one of the soldiers who see the Doctor and the crew escape in the TARDIS.
* MercyKill: Haroun instructs Barbara to do this to Safiya if worst comes to worst. Barbara has no intention of doing so.
* TheMiddleAges
* RapeAsDrama: Maimuna's fate; also what Richard has planned for Joanna.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Saladin. He treats Ian well but points out he can't return Barbara once El Akir has taken her as he can't upset one of his commanders during a war.
* SmugSnake: El Akir.
* {{Worthy Opponent}}s: Richard and Saladin.