Episode Number: Episode Title: Transmission Date: Duration: Ratings (in Millions):
1 The Roof of the World 21/2/1964 24:12 Mins 9.4
2 The Singing Sands 28/2/1964 26:34 Mins 9.4
3 Five Hundred Eyes 4/3/1964 22:20 Mins 9.4
4 The Wall of Lies 11/3/1964 24:48 Mins 9.9
5 Rider from Shang-Tu 18/3/1964 23:26 Mins 9.4
6 Mighty Kublai Khan 25/3/1964 25:36 Mins 8.4
7 Assassin at Peking 1/4/1964 24:48 Mins 10.4
Season: Doctor: Producer(s): Writer: Script Editor: Director(s):
One The 1st Doctor Verity Lambert,
Mervyn Pinfield
John Lucarotti David Whitaker Waris Hussein,
John Crockett

Further Information

Regular Cast
The Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Susan - Carole Ann Ford
Marco Polo - Mark Eden
Tegana - Derren Nesbitt
Ping-Cho - Zienia Merton
Man at Lop - Leslie Bates
Chenchu - Jimmy Gardner
Malik - Charles Wade
Acomat - Philip Voss
Mongol Bandit - Michael Guest
Ling-Tau - Paul Carson
Wang-Lo - Gabor Baraker
Kuiju - Tutte Lemkow
Vizier - Peter Lawrence
Kublai Khan - Martin Miller
Office Foreman - Basil Tang
Empress - Claire Davenport
Designer - Barry Newbery
Costumes - Daphne Dare
Make-Up - Ann Ferriggi
Incidental Music - Tristram Cary
Sword Fight Arranged By - Derek Ware
Film Editors - John House, Elmer Davies, Richard Barclay
Studio Lighting - John Treays, Howard King
Studio Sound - Jack Brummitt, Hugh Barker, Derek Martin-Timmins
Production Assistants - Douglas Camfield, Penny Joy
Assistant Floor Manager - Catherine Childs
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, his Ship 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...
Additional Information
Working Title(s):
■  A Journey to Cathay

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Marco Polo

Manufactured by: BBC Audio (ISBN cat.#0 563 53508 3)
Audio CD
RRP: £16.99

Released: 3rd November 2003


The Original BBC Television Soundtrack.


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Marco Polo

Manufactured by: Target
Format: Paperback Book

Written by: John Lucarotti

RRP: £1.50

Published: 11th April 1985


No.94 in the Target Doctor Who Library.



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