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The Romans

From four time travellers are enjoying a rare holiday, staying at a villa not far from Rome in the year 64 AD. The Doctor soon becomes restless and sets off to visit the city, taking Vicki with him. In their absence, Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by slave traders.Having been mistaken for the famous lyre player Maximus Pettulian and asked to perform at the Emperor Nero's Court, the Doctor has to devise ever more elaborate schemes to avoid revealing that he cannot actually play the instrument.Ian meanwhile becomes a galley slave, while Barbara is sold to Nero's slave buyer Tavius at an auction in Rome. Ian and a fellow slave named Delos escape from the galley when it is wrecked in a storm and make their way to Rome to try to find and rescue Barbara.There they are recaptured and forced to fight as gladiators in the arena. Events reach their climax when, by accidentally setting light to the Emperor's plans for the rebuilding of Rome, the Doctor gives him the idea of having the city razed to the ground. Nero plays the lyre while Rome burns, and the Doctor and Vicki and a reunited Ian and Barbara make their separate ways back to the villa.
The Doctor - William Hartnell Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill Ian Chesterton - William Russell Vicki - Maureen O'Brien 1st Man in Market - Ernest Jennings 2nd Man in Market - John Caesar Ascaris - Barry Jackson Centurian - Dennis Edwards Court Messenger - Tony Lambden Delos - Peter Diamond Didius - Nicholas Evans Galley Master - Gertan Klauber Locusta - Ann Tirard Maximus Pettulian - Bart Allison Nero - Derek Francis Poppaea - Kay Patrick Sevcheria - Derek Sydney Slave buyer - Edward Kelsey Stall holder - Margot Thomas Tavius - Michael Peake Tigilinus - Brian Proudfoot Woman Slave - Dorothy-Rose Gribble
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Christopher Barry
1st Doctor

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