16 January 1965
Derek Sydney (Sevcheria), Nicholas Evans (Didius) , Dennis Edwards (Centurian) , Margot Thomas (Stall Holder) , Edward Kelsey (Slave Buyer) , Bart Allison (Maximus Pettulian) , 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) , Ernest Jennings (1st Man in Market) , John Caesar (2nd Man in Market) , Tony Lambden (Court Messenger) , Derek Francis (Nero) [2-4], Brian Proudfoot (Tigilinus / Tigilinus (Cup Bearer) [2-3]*, Kay Patrick (Poppaea) [3-4], Ann Tirard (Locusta) ..
|Written by||Dennis Spooner|
|Directed by||Christopher Barry|
|Produced by||Verity Lambert|
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.
- This was the first story played for comedy as well as drama.
- All episodes exist in 16mm telerecordings.
- Negative film prints of all episodes exist and were recovered by the BBC in 1978.
- Telesnaps of this story are held by private collectors.
- The characters of Tigellinus and Sevcheria were both expanded during re-writes of the script.
- The Web Planet leads directly into this story.
- 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.