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PRODUCTION INFO

Name

The Romans

Serial Code

M

First Transmitted

16 January 1965

Final ratings

13.00m

DVD RELEASE

DVD

VHS RELEASE

VHS

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CAST

Regular Cast

William Hartnell (Dr Who), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara), William Russell (Ian), Maureen O Brien (Vicki)

Guest Cast

Derek Sydney (Sevcheria), Nicholas Evans (Didius) [1], Dennis Edwards (Centurian) [1], Margot Thomas (Stall Holder) [1], Edward Kelsey (Slave Buyer) [1], Bart Allison (Maximus Pettulian) [1], Barry Jackson (Ascaris) [1-2], Peter Diamond (Delos) [2-4], Michael Peake (Tavius) [2-4], Dorothy-Rose Gribble (Woman Slave) [2-3], Gertan Klauber (Galley Master) [2], Ernest Jennings (1st Man in Market) [2], John Caesar (2nd Man in Market) [2], Tony Lambden (Court Messenger) [2], Derek Francis (Nero) [2-4], Brian Proudfoot (Tigilinus / Tigilinus (Cup Bearer)) [2-3]*, Kay Patrick (Poppaea) [3-4], Ann Tirard (Locusta) [3]..

CREW

Written by Dennis Spooner
Directed by Christopher Barry
Produced by Verity Lambert

sypnosis

The Doctor and his companions take a holiday at a villa just outside Rome in 64 AD. While he and Vicki visit Rome, Ian and Barbara are captured and taken as slaves; Ian is sold as a galley slave, and Barbara to Nero’s court. The Doctor is mistaken as an enemy of Nero’s and is taken to the Emperors palace.

NOTES

  1. This was the first story played for comedy as well as drama.
  2. All episodes exist in16mm telerecordings.
  3. Negative film prints of all episodes exist and were recovered by the BBC in 1978.
  4. Telesnaps of this story are held by private collectors.
  5. The characters ofTigellinusandSevcheriawere both expanded during re-writes of the script.
  6. The Web Planet leads directly into this story.
  7. This is the second story in a row in which the Doctor is given a surprisingly physical fight sequence. In fact, his brawl with Ascaris recalls similar fights involving the Third Doctor, including the Doctor judo-flipping his opponent.

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