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* OutOfFocus: Susan only appears in one scene each in the middle two episodes, at her seminary. This is because Carole Ann Ford was due a holiday, and the scenes were pre-recorded to allow Susan to still be part of the story during the weeks she was away.

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* OutOfFocus: Susan only appears in one scene each in the middle two episodes, at her seminary. This is because Carole Ann Ford was due a holiday, and the scenes were pre-recorded to allow Susan to still be part of the story during the weeks she was away.away (unlike other instances where the character was simply written out of the action for two episodes).

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* OutOfFocus: Susan only appears in one scene each in the middle two episodes, at her seminary. This is because Carole Ann Ford was due a holiday, and the scenes were pre-recorded to allow Susan to still be part of the story during the weeks she was away.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Doctor has a romantic subplot with a guest character, something which for most of the original series would be unthinkable.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstalmentWeirdness: The Doctor has a romantic subplot with a guest character, something which for most of the original series would be unthinkable.


* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Tlotoxl, of course, is quite right. All his actions (extreme though some of them may be) seem to be in the genuine interests of stopping his people from being deceived by the false goddess. Strictly speaking, it's the time travellers who are in the wrong, the odd attempted murder notwithstanding.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: ProtagonistCentredMorality: Tlotoxl, of course, is quite right. All his actions (extreme though some of them may be) seem to be in the genuine interests of stopping his people from being deceived by the false goddess. Strictly speaking, it's the time travellers who are in the wrong, the odd attempted murder notwithstanding.


It's time for another historical episode, as the TARDIS materialises inside an Aztec tomb. The Aztec era happens to be one of Barbara's specialties, and she loves the tomb's shiny trinkets so much that she immediately [[KleptomaniacHero puts one on]]. Upon emerging from the tomb wearing the snake bracelet, Barbara is hailed as the reincarnation of the Goddess Yetaxa. Oh, and the door to the tomb shuts itself behind them.

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It's time for another historical episode, story, as the TARDIS materialises inside an Aztec tomb. The Aztec era happens to be one of Barbara's specialties, and she loves the tomb's shiny trinkets so much that she immediately [[KleptomaniacHero puts one on]]. Upon emerging from the tomb wearing the snake bracelet, Barbara is hailed as the reincarnation of the Goddess Yetaxa. Oh, and the door to the tomb shuts itself behind them.



* TheBadGuyWins: Tlotoxl gets rid of the pesky false god, his rival, and he gets to keep sacrificing. For the time being at least. The Aztecs will still be massacred and enslaved by the Spanish and the practice of human sacrifice will cause future generations to look down upon the Aztecs as mindless savages. In other words: this episode was a lose-lose situation.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Tlotoxl gets rid of the pesky false god, his rival, and he gets to keep sacrificing. For the time being at least. The Aztecs will still be massacred and enslaved by the Spanish and the practice of human sacrifice will cause future generations to look down upon the Aztecs as mindless savages. In other words: this episode story was a lose-lose situation.


The one where Barbara steals jewelry.

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The one where Barbara steals jewelry.
jewellery.


* DownerEnding: The story ends with the TARDIS crew leaving Aztec Society knowing it will soon be destroyed, the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ends up in control]], and the best that they did was cause the man who was opposing the High Priest of Human Sacrifice to leave society for life as a hermit.

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* DownerEnding: The story ends with the TARDIS crew leaving Aztec Society knowing it will soon be destroyed, the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ends up in control]], control and the best that they did was cause the man who was opposing the High Priest of Human Sacrifice to leave society for life as a hermit.



* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] control and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith.


* AuthorAppeal: The story's writer, John Lucarotti, loved Aztec culture.
* Myth/AztecMythology
* TheBadGuyWins: The villain gets rid of the pesky false god, his rival, and he gets to keep sacrificing. For the time being at least. [[DownerEnding The Aztecs will still be massacred and enslaved by the Spanish and the practice of human sacrifice will cause future generations to look down upon the Aztecs as mindless savages]]. In other words: this episode was a lose-lose situation.

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* AuthorAppeal: The story's writer, Having lived in Mexico, writer John Lucarotti, loved Lucarotti was fascinated by the Aztec culture.
* Myth/AztecMythology
civilisation. He described them as "a highly civilised and cultured race", and was particularly fascinated by their obsession with human sacrifice.
* TheBadGuyWins: The villain Tlotoxl gets rid of the pesky false god, his rival, and he gets to keep sacrificing. For the time being at least. [[DownerEnding The Aztecs will still be massacred and enslaved by the Spanish and the practice of human sacrifice will cause future generations to look down upon the Aztecs as mindless savages]].savages. In other words: this episode was a lose-lose situation.



* ShownTheirWork: Notably, {{Mayincatec}} is averted, as the writer John Lucarotti evidently did a bit of research.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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Notably, {{Mayincatec}} is averted, as the writer John Lucarotti evidently did a bit of research.research.
** Designer Barry Newbery found the serial difficult for research, due to the limited information on the Aztecs at the time. Researching using books provided by Creator/TheBBC, he designed the tomb door based on the "comic book" style of Aztec design. He had also watched a documentary about Aztec archaeology on Creator/{{ITV}} and was concerned that a larger studio would be required for production.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The 'perfect victim' chosen to be the next human sacrifice is only ever known as 'Perfect Victim'.


* DatedHistory: Barbara's argument that stopping the Aztecs performing human sacrifice will prevent their conquest by Cortes is pretty diametrically opposed to how modern historians view the colonisation of South America by Europeans. In particular, the question of what happened to all the other civilisations the Spanish wiped out, most of whom had nothing to do with HumanSacrifice, never comes up.

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* DatedHistory: Barbara's argument that stopping the Aztecs performing human sacrifice will prevent their conquest by Cortes is pretty diametrically opposed to how modern historians view the colonisation of South America by Europeans. In particular, the question of what happened to all the other civilisations the Spanish wiped out, most of whom had nothing to do with HumanSacrifice, never comes up. However considering Barbara is from the era this story came out it is hardly surprising she holds 1960s views.



** In "Defining the First Doctor" Creator/StevenMoffat says that as the Doctor is starting out he hasn't quite got the rules of time travel and that we can assume Aztecs civilization being destroyed is a fixed point in time.

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** In "Defining the First Doctor" Creator/StevenMoffat says that as the Doctor is starting out he hasn't quite got the rules of time travel and that we can assume Aztecs civilization Aztec civilisation being destroyed is a fixed point in time.


* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith. * TheUnpronounceable: The cast members never seemed to have reached a consensus on how "Tlotoxl" is actually said, although nobody manages to get it right (it would've been more like "Tlo-tosh-l").

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* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith.
* TheUnpronounceable: The cast members never seemed to have reached a consensus on how "Tlotoxl" is actually said, although nobody manages to get it right (it would've been more like "Tlo-tosh-l").


* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, [[spoiler:at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith.]]
* TheUnpronounceable: The cast members never seemed to have reached a consensus on how "Tlotoxl" is actually said, although nobody manages to get it right (it would've been more like "Tlo-tosh-l").

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* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, [[spoiler:at at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith.]]
faith. * TheUnpronounceable: The cast members never seemed to have reached a consensus on how "Tlotoxl" is actually said, although nobody manages to get it right (it would've been more like "Tlo-tosh-l").

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* RandomizedTitleScreen: The DVD issue of the story shows a title screen with a random pick from four lines by different members of the cast in character.


* YouCantFightFate: "You can't rewrite history, Barbara. Not one line!" (Later stories show that it's actually closer to "You ''can'' change history, but it's a really bad idea to do so.")

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* YouCantFightFate: "You The first serial in the show to explore the limitations and ramifications of time travel and interfering with the past. As the Doctor himself says, "you can't rewrite history, Barbara. Not Barbara; not one line!" line" (Later stories show that it's actually closer to "You "you ''can'' change history, but it's a really bad idea to do so.")so")!

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* UnbuiltTrope: Barbara tries and fails to save Aztec civilisation by ending human sacrifice. The ending is, [[spoiler:at best, bittersweet, in which the High Priest of Sacrifice [[TheBadGuyWins ending up in control]] and the only consolation is that the High Priest of Art leaves society to meditate on his faith.]]

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