The travelers decide to take a holiday near ancient Rome, but after a month the Doctor gets restless. He and Vicki determine to visit Rome, and while they are gone Ian and Barbara are abducted by slave traders. All roads lead to Rome, however, and the travelers find themselves at the mercy of the country's petulant emperor, Nero... (Originally broadcast in four parts.) Written by
Did You Know?
's original idea was to spoof Quo Vadis
(1951), which led him to choosing the time of the Great Fire of Rome as his setting. See more
The stall holder suggests that Flavius is campaigning in Gaul, but by 64 AD, when this episode is set, Gaul had been subjugated for more than a century. See more