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|Catalogue number||BBCDVD 2971|
|Title||Doctor Who - The Romans|
|Cover condition||Near mint|
|Record condition||Near mint|
|BBC records label code||-|
|Distributed / printed by||2 entertain|
|Media genre||Dramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.|
|Run-off codes / Shop bar codes||A0101051846-A911 16 IFPI L556 Sony DADC|
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|Middle of cover|
TracksBelow is a list of tracks for this release.
|Side & track||Track and Artist||Length|
|A1||The slave traders||24.14|
|A2||All roads lead to Rome||23.14|
|A5||What has the Romans ever done for us?||33.59|
|A7||Dennis Spooner - Wanna write a television series?||17.48|
|A8||Blue Peter - A Roman banquet||7.15|
|A9||Girls girls girls - The 1960's||17.40|
|A11||Radio Times billings [PDF]|
|A12||Coming soon - Attack of the Cybermen||1.07|
|Total length of media 3:03:24.|
More informationBelow is further information captured for this release.
Extra notes on cover, middle (gatefold sleeve) and any inserts
William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Maureen O'Brien (Vicki)
Derek Francis - Nero
Michael Peake - Tavius
Brian Proudfoot - Tigellinus
Kay Patrick - Poppaea Sabina
Peter Diamond - Delos
Derek Sydney - Sevcheria
Nicholas Evans - Didius
Barry Jackson - Ascaris
Anne Tirard - Locusta
Dennis Edwards - Centurion
Margot Thomas - Stall Holder
Edward Kelsey - Slave Buyer
Bart Allison - Maximus Pettulian
Dorothy-Rose Gribble - Woman Slave
Gertan Klauber - Galley Master
Ernest Jennings, John Caesar - Men in Market
Tony Lambden - Court Messenger
Italy, 64AD. Enjoying a rare holiday with his companions, the Doctor takes Vicki to visit Rome, where he is mistaken for the musician Maximus Pettulian. He finds himself obliged to perform for Nero, or risk incurring the Emperor's wrath ...
In his absence, Ian and Barbara have been kidnapped from their villa. Separated and sold into slavery, they face a bleak future. Can they make their escape and find the Doctor before Rome is consumed by fire?
The Romans represents a brave experiment for Doctor Who, which from its inception had approached historical tales with a scholarly sobriety. Dennis Spooner tempers what would otherwise be a dark lesson in the brutality of life in imperial Rome with a liberal dose of farce. His depiction of Nero as a vain, libidinous fool contrasts sharply with the earnerst characterisation of Marco Polo and Robespierre in the previous season. Although the heavy comic elements are largely restricted to part 3, it was this, combined with certain historical inaccuracies, which drew criticism when the story was originally transmitted.
Pushing viewer credulity to the limit, Spooner would also have us believe that the Doctor honed his astonishing combat skills training the Mountain Mauler of Montana. But whilst it remains difficult to accept the First Doctor engaging in a near-slapstick fight sequence and spouting a succession of bad puns, it should also be noted that this behaviour is exactly what we could expect from the Doctor's most recent incarnation ...
The adverse viewer reaction to the 'silliness' of The Romans ensured that subsequent historical adventures such as The Crusade and The Massacre were played straight, but Dennis Spooner's gift was to introduce history as window-dressing rather than a strictly educational exercise in storytelling. It was an idea he was to develop in The Time Meddler, and by challenging the traditional template, Spooner set a vital precedent in Doctor Who which has been vibrantly exploited in recent stories like The Shakespeare Code and The Girl in the Fireplace.
|I have the title track on these releases:|
|[dvds]||BBCDVD 2698||Doctor Who - The rescue / The Romans boxed set|
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