|Story Code: D / Season 1||UK Airdate: 22 Feb to 4 Apr 1964||Doctor: William Hartnell|
|First airings by location||UK Terrestrial and Satellite Repeats||Previous Story / Next Story|
This story aired in the following countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)
|Rhodesia / Zimbabwe||Dec 65||b/w|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Jan 66||b/w|
|Hong Kong||Aug 66||b/w|
|New Zealand||Oct 66||b/w|
|Sierra Leone||Jul 67||b/w|
- The TV serial was based in part on an 18-part radio serial written by John Lucarotti for Canada's CBC.
- Marco Polo holds the distinction of being the first complete story ever to be repeated; it was replayed in Sydney, Australia in 1965/66.
- The story was not dubbed for screening in any Spanish or Arabic language countries. And like The Reign of Terror, The Crusade and The Time Meddler, the negatives were not kept.
- At least seven sets of prints were struck and bicycled to provide for all 23 countries (see Bicycling Chains).
- Cyprus sent its prints to Hong Kong.
- Episodes one and two were sent from New Zealand to Iran as "Audition" prints on 20 October 1967. Although Iran did ultimately purchase the series, Marco Polo was not part of the package that was on offer, as it could not be supplied with a "Music / Effects" only soundtrack.
- The empty film can for the New Zealand print of episode seven was found in a TVNZ film storage facility in 1989.
- See Hartnell Junkings
US TV Guide descriptions (1960s Hartnells on CBC)
- Episode 1: Dr. Who and his passengers search for food on the Pamir Plateau in Central Asia.
- Episode 2: While investigating the strange carvings on the wall of a cave, Barbara is captured by a band known as the Assassins.
- Episode 3: (no blurb)
- Episode 4: Marco Polo is tricked into capturing Dr. Who's spaceship.
- Episode 5: Marco Polo's caravan is attacked by Mongol bandits.
- Episode 6: Dr. Who and his passengers meet Kublai Khan.
- Episode 7: Tegana, a Mongol warlord, tries to kill Ian.