The TARDIS lands in Paris on 19 August 1572. Driven by scientific curiosity, the Doctor leaves Steven to meet and exchange views with the apothecary, Charles Preslin.
Before he disappears, he warns Steven to stay out of ‘mischief, religion and politics’. But in sixteenth-century Paris it is impossible to remain a mere observer, and Steven soon finds himself involved with a group of Huguenots.
The Protestant minority of France is being threatened by the Catholic hierarchy, and danger stalks the Paris streets. As Steven tries to find his way back to the TARDIS he discovers that one of the main persecutors of the Huguenots appears to be — the Doctor.
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- Some original production documents state the name of the serial as The Massacre of St Barthlomew’s Eve, although this is historically a misnomer, as the actual massacre took place on St Bartholomew’s Day. Some have noted that as the original French name for the event (Massacre de la Saint-Barthélemy) lacks a day, the title actually refers to the lead up to the massacre itself — that is, the Eve of the Massacre of St Bartholomew.
- William Hartnell is credited as Dr. Who for War of God and Bell of Doom, and as Abbot of Amboise for The Sea Beggar and Priest of Death. He also appears as the Abbot towards the end of Priest of Death, but is credited only as Dr. Who. Radio Times credits ‘William Hartnell as Dr. Who’ for all four episodes, but omits the character from its actual cast lists for The Sea Beggar and Priest of Death.