Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 13

All Roads Lead to Rome (23 Jan. 1965)

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While the Doctor and Vicki meet with Nero, Barbara is taken to Rome to be sold while Ian is forced to work as a galley slave.



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Episode cast overview:
William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
Maureen O'Brien ...
Derek Sydney ...
Barry Jackson ...
Peter Diamond ...
Michael Peake ...
Dorothy-Rose Gribble ...
Woman Slave
Gertan Klauber ...
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While the Doctor and Vicki meet with Nero, Barbara is taken to Rome to be sold while Ian is forced to work as a galley slave.

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There and Back Again
21 June 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Dennis Spooner's script for this series can be called the ancestral script for all modern Doctor Who, from its revival in 2005 forward. It moves surefootedly from comedy to thrills and back again and most of the cast is excellent, with Ian and Barbara flirting one moment and dragged off as slaves the next. Derek Francis as Nero is as funny as any performance imaginable, and if I find Hartnell too smug to be funny in his comedy scenes -- very surprising, given his long background in comedy.

The straight historical scripts were never seen as particularly popular -- very odd, considering the show's original charter as an educational program and the fact that more than eleven million viewers turned in for this serial. By the end of 1966 they had dropped out of the production. That's a pity, I think, but this serial exists in full. Enjoy.

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