Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A is for... Achilles

The not-so-legendary Greek hero of the Trojan Wars. Achilles was fighting with Hector, son of the Trojan King Priam, when the TARDIS materialised on the plains outside the besieged city. The appearance of the Doctor distracted the warriors - allowing Achilles to strike a mortal blow. Achilles whole-heartedly accepted the Doctor's assertion that he was the god Zeus. Achilles found that his fellow warrior Odysseus did not believe him.
Later, during the sack of the city, Achilles was killed by Priam's younger son, Troilus.

  • According to legend, Achilles was the son of the Nereid Thetis, and King Peleus of the Myrmidons. Thetis decided to make him immortal by dipping him in the River Styx. Unfortunately the heel that she held him by remained mortal and a weak spot. Instead of dying at the hands of Troilus (whom he slew) he was killed by that other Trojan prince, Paris, who shot him in the heel with an arrow.
Played by Cavan Kendall. Appearances: The Myth Makers (1965) - episodes 1 & 4 only.

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