Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 7/6/15 2:54 pm
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This has the hallmarks, of have we been here before, we have a Doctor, and, then we have Romans, and we have a struggle for one society to out win another, due, in part to the way that he has arrived slap bang in the middle of a huge part of history that changed society for ever. So no messing around Doctor. However this I am afraid feels and comes across especially early on as wordy and slow, and tired. Dr teaching about the western and eastern Roman empire. I felt like I was back in a 8th year history. Peter, although his telling of this period of time is shall we say enthusiastic it still does not sell it. Also drama that relies on authentic roman names starts to sounds like a heavily pastiche version of a Carry On Film, I was expecting to hear the character Bigus Dickus pop up at some point. Although the introduction as we have had over the last couple of adventure's of the Doctor being cast into his own timeline and with the respective companions is a nice touch, I get the feeling that when they where making the decision of which Dr with which companion then they somehow managed to get this pairing mix muddled some what.
What does not help is that we have an actor who sounds to all intense and purposes like Graham Gardner (the Goodies) and coupled with Lysette Anthony a childhood crush of mine, gets lost in the whole proceedings due to my preoccupation. I read Eddie's additional notes about his thinking on this particular instalment, and his love of Doctor 1 and all thing Hartnell. For that mere four paragraphs alone it told me more about what was going on in the writers mind which bought this story around for me.
The simple fact it is too historically heavy for me, and I found it hard work to sit and enjoy,