The Romans - Rome Burns

Unaware of the tribulations of their companions, Vicki and the Doctor (posing as a celebrated musician) have been accepted into the court of Nero

But Nero is jealous of the Doctor’s popularity as a rival lyre player and decides to bump him off. The Doctor accidentally burns Nero’s plans for a new Rome when his eyeglasses catch the rays of the sun and this inspires Nero to burn down the city. The Doctor and Vicki use the subsequent confusion to make their escape.

On the road back to the villa the Doctor and Vicki pause to watch Rome burn. It is Vicki’s first sight of living history and the Doctor has to concede that he played a part in it. When they arrive back at the villa, Ian and Barbara are there, none the worse for their trials, and for a while none of them are aware of how closely their adventures have been entwined over the last few weeks.

Story background: 1965, written by Dennis Spooner, produced by Verity Lambert. Notable for: Derek Francis, stalwart of many a Carry On film, appears as Emperor Nero in a story that is Doctor Who’s first real attempt at out and out comedy. Whilst there might be some enjoyable farce-like parallels with Carry On Cleo, the story still has at its heart a solid dramatic plot.

Illustration: 2006 Daryl Joyce. Gouache. 40cm x 20cm

Doctor Who - The Romans 3 - Rome Burns

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