|Classic TV Series|
The TARDIS arrives in 12th Century Palestine where a holy war is in progress between the forces of King Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen ruler Saladin. Barbara is abducted in a Saracen ambush and the Doctor, Ian and Vicki make their way to King Richard's palace in the city of Jaffa. Ian is granted permission to ride in search of Barbara - the King knighting him Sir Ian of Jaffa to fit him for the role - while the Doctor and Vicki stay behind and try to avoid getting involved in court politics.
King Richard secretly plans to marry his sister Joanna to Saladin's brother Saphadin in order to bring the war to an end, but Joanna finds out about this and refuses. The Doctor and his young ward are forced to flee after making an enemy of the King's adviser, the Earl of Leicester.
Ian has meanwhile rescued Barbara from the clutches of the vicious Saracen emir El Akir. All four meet up in the wood where the TARDIS materialised and narrowly manage to escape the Earl of Leicester's men.
The Doctor - William Hartnell Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill Ian Chesterton - William Russell Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
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The winner here is the amazing script and fantastic acting from Julian Glover and Jean Marsh. However, everything not involving these actors has the same problems as other Hartnell historicals, a ploddy and bland nature. Barbara is very good, as she normally is in historical stories, but Ian gets involved in a silly side plot and the Doctor and Vicki seem to hang around in the background, doing nothing.
Everything positive people have to say about this story, I completely agree with. But I'm not a big fan.