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The Aztecs takes place some time after 1430 – if Barbara’s dating of the artefacts in Yetaxa’s tomb is to be believed – and before Cortes’ landing in 1519. But can we date it more precisely than that? The serial concludes with the passing of a predicted solar eclipse… and thanks to NASA’s World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Paths, which records every total, annular and hybrid solar eclipse that has been or will be visible between 2000 BCE and 3000 AD, The Fact of Fiction observes that three total eclipses (where the Moon completely covers the Sun) were visible from parts of the Aztec Empire (present-day Southern Mexico, more or less) between 1430 and 1519. The first clipped the southernmost fringes of the empire from around 13:52 hours on 17 June 1452; the second (a hybrid eclipse – total only in sections) crossed the entire area from around 20:34 on 13 February 1477; and the third passed over its northern and easternmost parts from around 21:40 on 8 August 1496. In addition, an annular eclipse (where the Moon is too far from Earth to completely cover the Sun) would have been just about visible from Aztec lands at around 15:25 on 28 May 1481. You decide which best fits The Day of Darkness:

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Contents include: · An exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker · DWM asks what the casting of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who. · Go behind the scenes with monster makers Millennium FX, with never-before-published imagery from the making of the last series. · DWM talks exclusively to former showrunner Russell T Davies about his illustrations for the forthcoming collection of Doctor Who poetry, Now We Are Six Hundred. · Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Cybermen. · Discover new information about a classic adventure as the 1964 First Doctor story The Aztecs goes under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction. · DWM pays tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Lightfoot in 1977's The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more. · A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill The Parliament of Fear, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Staz Johnson. · A sneak preview of the forthcoming book on the history of Doctor Who in the USA: Red, White and and Who. · Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin talks about his latest recording – the Doctor Who theme! · Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.