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* AbsenteeActor: The Doctor is absent for episode 2, as Creator/WilliamHartnell was ill at the time.


The one where the Doctor ought to see a chiropractor.

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The one where the Doctor ought to see does a chiropractor.
full sci-fi free historical drama. Also the first proper "lost serial".


[[caption-width-right:300:Polo sadly reacts to the news that his story was [[MissingEpisode junked]].[[note]]He should buck up, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork this isn't a rare occurrence in the Classic Era]]... but ''[[BeyondTheImpossible finding]]'' those missing episodes is another story.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Polo sadly reacts to the news that his story was [[MissingEpisode junked]].[[note]]He should buck up, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork this isn't a rare occurrence in the Classic Era]]... but and ''[[BeyondTheImpossible finding]]'' those missing episodes is another story.a whole other story...[[/note]]]]


All seven episodes are missing. Several fan-made reconstructions, attempts to "recreate" missing episodes using [[http://www.recons.com/glossary/telesnaps.htm telesnaps]] and other sources of visual material along with the full existing soundtracks, have been made, including one in colour. The serial's audio has also been released on CD by the BBC, with linking narration by William Russell (Ian). An abridged, 30-minute reconstruction is also available on the DVD set "The Beginning", on "The Edge of Destruction"'s disc.

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All seven episodes are missing.missing, making it the earliest serial to have ''any'' missing episodes at all as the first three serials have survived. Several fan-made reconstructions, attempts to "recreate" missing episodes using [[http://www.recons.com/glossary/telesnaps.htm telesnaps]] and other sources of visual material along with the full existing soundtracks, have been made, including one in colour. The serial's audio has also been released on CD by the BBC, with linking narration by William Russell (Ian). An abridged, 30-minute reconstruction is also available on the DVD set "The Beginning", on "The Edge of Destruction"'s disc.


After being introduced to Kublai Khan himself, the Doctor manages to befriend the old emperor and eventually foils Tegana's plot to overthrow him. In the confusion of the battle, the gang steals the TARDIS back -- although Khan notes that he would have been kind enough to give her back anyway. Marco gets to go home three years later, and Ping-Cho's fiance conveniently turned out to be TooDumbToLive.

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After being introduced to Kublai Khan himself, the Doctor manages to befriend the old emperor and eventually foils Tegana's plot to overthrow him. In the confusion of the battle, the gang steals the TARDIS back -- although the Khan notes that he would have been kind enough to give her back anyway. Marco gets to go home three years later, and Ping-Cho's fiance conveniently turned out to be TooDumbToLive.


* ArtisticLicenseHistory: in this serial Nogai Khan was the head of the Golden Horde, and at war with the Yuan Dynasty led by his archrival and kin, Kublai Khan. in actuality Nogai Khan had no animosities towards Kublai Khan. It was his nephew, Kaidu Khan, that was his sworn nemesis and antagonist for many years, synchronous with the events of this serial.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: in In this serial Nogai Khan was the head of the Golden Horde, and at war with the Yuan Dynasty led by his archrival and kin, Kublai Khan. in actuality Nogai Khan had no animosities towards Kublai Khan. It was his nephew, Kaidu Khan, that was his sworn nemesis and antagonist for many years, synchronous with the events of this serial.



* AssInAmbassador: Tegana

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* AssInAmbassador: TeganaTegana spends most of the serial attempting to murder Marco and undermine Kublai Khan's court.



* HeroAntagonist: Marco only holds the TARDIS crew ransom because he desperately wants to return to Venice.



* HeroAntagonist: Marco only holds the TARDIS crew ransom because he desperately wants to return to Venice.


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* WrittenInAbsence: As a result of Creator/WilliamHartnell's illness, the Doctor spends all of the second episode inside the TARDIS.


[[caption-width-right:300:Polo sadly reacts to the news that his story was [[MissingEpisode junked]].[[note]]He should buck up, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork this isn't a rare occurrence in the Classic Era]]... but ''[[NeedleInAHaystack finding]]'' those missing episodes is another story.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Polo sadly reacts to the news that his story was [[MissingEpisode junked]].[[note]]He should buck up, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork this isn't a rare occurrence in the Classic Era]]... but ''[[NeedleInAHaystack ''[[BeyondTheImpossible finding]]'' those missing episodes is another story.[[/note]]]]


[[caption-width-right:300:Polo sadly reacts to the news that his story was [[MissingEpisode junked]].[[note]]He should buck up, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork this isn't a rare occurrence in the Classic Era]]... but ''finding'' those missing episodes is another story.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Polo sadly reacts to the news that his story was [[MissingEpisode junked]].[[note]]He should buck up, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork this isn't a rare occurrence in the Classic Era]]... but ''finding'' ''[[NeedleInAHaystack finding]]'' those missing episodes is another story.[[/note]]]]

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The one where the Doctor ought to see a chiropractor.

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The TARDIS crew travel with Marco Polo and meet Kublai Khan.


* KneelBeforeZod: The Doctor refuses to kneel to Kublai Khan, because his back hurts from riding a horse and he can't kneel.

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* KneelBeforeZod: The Doctor refuses is ordered to kneel to kowtow before Kublai Khan. He refuses, but not out of pride he's an old man and very stiff from having just walked most of the way across China. Fortunately, the great Khan, because his back hurts from riding a horse and he can't kneel.who is also quite elderly, finds the scene amusing.

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* AbsenteeActor: The Doctor is absent for episode 2, as Creator/WilliamHartnell was ill at the time.

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* NoNameGiven: The mercenary bandit is never named in the story, and is only named Kuiju in closing credits.


* TheEmperor: Kublai Khan, who's actually pretty accommodating and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] towards the travelers.

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* TheEmperor: Kublai Khan, who's actually pretty accommodating and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] towards the travelers.travellers.

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* ShownTheirWork: John Lucarotti did an immense amount of research in writing this serial. He mainly drew from Marco Polo's diaries.


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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The travellers have outwitted their hosts/captors and regained control of the repaired TARDIS. Then, as Susan is about to join the others inside, Tegana grabs her from behind.

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