Ian and Delos are forced to fight each other for their freedom while the Doctor has to perform for Nero's court.

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Ian and Delos are forced to fight each other for their freedom while the Doctor has to perform for Nero's court.

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30 January 1965 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 10 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Shortly after Nero starts his chase of Barbara, a studio light enters the top left of the shot, causing noticeable lens flare. See more »

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The Romans Part 3: Disappointing and uneven historical adventure
6 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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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.

This is quite well liked by a fair amount of viewers but I find it pretty weak. The tone is somewhat uneven slipping jarringly rather than smoothly between whimsical humour and dark drama throughout the adventure and descending to full on crazy farce in episode 3. This farce element is are silly and just does not work as far as I am concerned making episode 3 not much better than the very 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 to some extent 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. I just find it not very well done.

Some good aspects to the drama and the funnier aspects of the humour along with some entertaining interaction and dialogue for the excellent main characters (including a strong performance by newcomer Vicki) keep standards from being really poor overall but this was a disappointing adventure for me.


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