Season 01 | EP 4

Marco Polo

Written by John Lucarotti

"We're always in trouble! Isn't this extraordinary - it follows us everywhere!"

Episode Title Premiere Date
The Roof Of The World 22/02/1964
The Singing Sands 29/02/1964
Five Hundred Eyes 07/03/1964
The Wall Of Lies 14/03/1964
Rider From Shang-Tu 21/03/1964
Mighty Kublai Khan 28/03/1964
Assassin At Peking 04/04/1964

The TARDIS materialises at the Roof of the World, Central Asia, in 1289. There they meet Marco Polo and his fellow travellers, on their mammoth journey across the Pamir Plateau and through the Gobi desert to Peking. Unfortunately for the Doctor, the TARDIS proves to be of immense interest to Polo, who sets his mind on presenting it to the mighty Kublai Khan on arrival at his court. But Polo isn't the only one with designs on the TARDIS. The war-like Tegana will go to any lengths to steal the magical blue box — lengths which endanger the lives of all the travellers. When the Doctor meets Kublai Khan himself, his precious ship is his only collateral in a high-stakes game of backgammon — and Khan is a master of the game...

Cast & Crew

The Doctor: William Hartnell

Susan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford

Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill

Ian Chesterton: William Russell

Marco Polo: Mark Eden

Tegana: Derren Nesbitt

Ping-Cho: Zienia Merton

Kublai Khan: Martin Miller

Producer: Verity Lambert

Director: Christopher Barry, Richard Martin

Scriptwriter: Terry Nation


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