- Fair for Its Day: There really was a concerted effort to faithfully portray Saladin and his culture without racism, the story wasn't shown in any Middle Eastern countries. However, it was the practice of using actors in blackface (which was common in the 1960s) that was found offensive, not the subject matter or the portrayal of characters.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The Doctor, after seeing Ian knighted by King Richard, laments to Vicki, "I wish he had knighted me." Vicki laughs and says, "That'll be the day." Jump ahead 41 years to "Tooth and Claw", where the Tenth Doctor finally does get knighted, and Vicki's comment becomes a lot funnier. That'll be the day indeed, Vicki. Could also be construed as a Brick Joke.
- Special Effects Failure: The story starts with the TARDIS materialising with a strange beeping noise instead of the usual sound. It should be noted that there was initially some confusion about what noise, if any, the TARDIS landing should make, with many in the first two seasons being completely silent. The noise in that sequence, however, is just weedy-sounding.
- The Woobie: Haroun, Maimuna, and Safiya:Haroun: Last year my house was a fine and happy place. A gentle wife, a son who honoured and obeyed me, and two daughters who adorned whatever place they visited. Then El Akir came to Lydda and imposed his will. He desired my eldest daughter, Maimuna, but I refused him.Barbara: So he took her?Haroun: Yes. Well, when Safiya and I were away he came and burned my house. My wife and son were put to the sword.
YMMV / Doctor Who S2 E6 "The Crusade"