Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 13

All Roads Lead to Rome (23 Jan. 1965)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
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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 ...
Michael Peake ...
Dorothy-Rose Gribble ...
Woman Slave
Gertan Klauber ...
Galley Master
Ernest C. Jennings ...
1st Man in Market (as Ernest Jennings)
John Caesar ...
2nd Man in Market
Tony Lambden ...
Court Messenger
Derek Francis ...
Brian Proudfoot ...


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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Did You Know?


The creation of Tigilinus the cup-bearer was in fact a late addition to the scripts. Originally, the Doctor saved Nero from being poisoned by accidentally knocking over the Caesar's goblet. See more »


Following the angle change that occurs shortly after Delos breaks Ian's chains, the shadow of the now retreating first camera can be seen against the rocks. See more »


Featured in Dennis Spooner: Wanna Write a Television Series? (2009) See more »

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The Romans Part 2: Rather disappointing and uneven historical adventure
6 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 parts:

This 4 part historical adventure is a mix of serious drama and comedy. It takes place in Roman times and brings the time travellers to the court of Emperor Nero leading up to the burning of Rome.

The tone is somewhat uneven slipping between whimsical humour and dark drama throughout the adventure and descending to full on crazy farce in episode 3. This farce element is silly and just does not work as far as I am concerned making episode 3 one of the weakest Who episodes. The drama is relatively uninteresting at times throughout the story too. If it were not for the strength of the main cast it would fall totally flat. Luckily the cast carry it off as well as possible and I can accept that amongst dark stories such as The Dalek Invasion of Earth and weird sci fi drama The Web Planet a story like this is intended as a fun interlude.

Some good aspects to the drama and the funnier aspects of the humour along with continued entertaining interaction and dialogue for the excellent main characters (including a strong performance by newcomer Vicki) keep standards from falling too far but this was a rather disappointing adventure for me.

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