Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 14

Conspiracy (30 Jan. 1965)

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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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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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This episode takes place in July 64. 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: Rather 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.

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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