Doctor Who: The Rescue / The Romans
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The Romans is a slow-paced tale in the style of an old British farce. Lots of "just missed the" and "in one door when the other character is going out the other" type of stuff. I couldn't wait for it to be over. And this from a viewer who enjoyed the Aztecs and Web Planet.
Lots of good extras as usual - it's worth it for the interviews and extras
Yet this doesn't square with the Doctor's earlier [and untelevised] appearance on Dido, where violence was alien to the natives. So what made the Didonians warlike? While the leads are good, the story isn't much, serving only to introduce Vicki into the TARDIS crew, and Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) does well in her debut story. (Rating: 3)
We get a more comedic story in The Romans. Set in July 64 AD, the Doctor and Vicki, having rested up in a villa, decide to walk to Rome, while Ian and Barbara decide to live up the leisure life drinking wine and eating grapes. However, Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by two vicious slave traders, the former rowing aboard a slave galley, Barbara sold at a slave auction. They have a lot to worry about. "Have you any idea how the Romans treated their slaves or how many escaped?" she asks Ian.
The Doctor and Vicki have their share of adventures. The Doctor is mistaken for a murdered lyre player from Corinth, Maximus Pettulian, who was en route to play before emperor Nero (Derek Francis).Read more ›
The Romans is just good. For historical episodes, I prefer the Aztecs personally, but the Romans is light and playful comedy and has some genuinely funny scenes (funny for comedy, not for a sci fi show) and the scene where the Doctor plays for the court of Nero (he polays no notes) and where he evades an assasination attempt by a mute assasin are some of the most fun Hartnell was given. I don't know if I'd recommend Hartnell to the uninitiated, but his years in the show are highly underrated these days and Hartnell himself is magical... pure magical!
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Try as I might I cannot find a whole lot good to say about The Rescue save that it does not have Susan screaming throughout. Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by Junglies
A period of transition for Doctor Who as the first story not featuring granddaughter Susan is unveiled. Read morePublished on March 4 2001 by Kindle Customer
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