Episode Number: Episode Title: Transmission Date: Duration: Ratings (in Millions):
1 The Slave Traders 16/1/1965 24:14 Mins 13.0
2 All Roads Lead To Rome 21/1/1965 23:14 Mins 11.5
3 Conspiracy 30/1/1965 26:18 Mins 10.0
4 Inferno 6/2/1965 23:09 Mins 12.0
Season: Doctor: Producer(s): Writer: Script Editor: Director:
Two The 1st Doctor Verity Lambert,
Mervyn Pinfield
Dennis Spooner Dennis Spooner Christopher Barry

The Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Vicki - Maureen O'Brien
Sevcheria - Derek Sydney
Didius - Nicholas Evans
Centurion - Dennis Edwards
Stall Holder - Margot Thomas
Slave Buyer - Edward Kelsey
Maximus Pettulian - Bart Allison
Ascaris - Barry Jackson
Delos - Peter Diamond
Tavius - Michael Peake
Woman Slave - Dorothy-Rose Gribble
Galley Master - Gertan Klauber
1st Man in Market - Ernest Jennings
2nd Man in Market - John Caesar
Court Messenger - Tony Lambden
Nero - Derek Francis
Tigilinus - Brian Proudfoot
Poppaea - Kay Patrick
Locusta - Anne Tirard
Writer - Dennis Spooner
Director - Christopher Barry
Producer - Verity Lambert
Script Editor - Dennis Spooner
Designer - Raymond Cusick
Assistant Floor Manager - Valerie Wilkins
Associate Producer - Mervyn Pinfield
Costumes - Daphne Dare
Fight Arranger - Peter Diamond
Film Cameraman - Dick Bush
Film Editor - Jim Latham
Incidental Music - Raymond Jones
Make-Up - Sonia Markham
Production Assistant - David Maloney
Special Sound - Brian Hodgson
Studio Lighting - Howard King
Studio Sound - Richard Chubb
Theme Arrangement - Delia Derbyshire
Title Music - Ron Grainer
The 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. Having been mistaken for the famous lyre player 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.
Working Title(s):
■  N/A

Things to look out for:
■  This was the first story played for comedy as well as drama.

■  All 4 episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings.

■  When Barbara turns around to hug Ian after they are reunited in "Inferno," a long zipper is clearly visible down the back of her dress.
■  The camera on the boat is hit by falling wood during the storm scene. This causes a wide white line to cross the screen.
■  During the scene in which Nero chases Barbara around, one of the studio lights is captured by the camera, causing a noticeable lens flare.

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The Rescue & The Romans - [Box-set]

Manufactured by: BBC DVD / 2|Entertain (cat.#2698)

Format: DVD - Region 2 & 4 - PAL UK  Episodic

RRP: £29.99
Rating: U

Released: 23rd February 2009


Released together with The Rescue.

Special Features:

■  Commentary with actors William Russell, Nick Evans and Barry Jackson, and director Christopher Barry.
■  What Has ‘The Romans’ Ever Done For Us? – actors, crew and historians look at both the reality and fantasy behind the story of ‘The Romans’. With actors William Russell, Kay Patrick, Barry Jackson, Anthony Andrews and Christopher Biggins, director Christopher Barry, designer Raymond Cusick, historian Dr. Mark Bradley, writer James Moran, Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury and 1960’s viewer Ian McLachlan. Narrated by John Bowe.
■  Roma Parva - director Christopher Barry demonstrates the use of a model of the studio set in the planning of camera positions and moves during recording.
■  Dennis Spooner, Wanna Write a Television Series? – a look at writer Dennis Spooner’s work on Doctor Who. With actors William Russell and Peter Purves, script editor Donald Tosh, writers Brian Clemens and Rob Shearman, and Spooner’s friend Jane Clemens. Narrated by Anna Hope.
■  Blue Peter – The Blue Peter team hold a Roman banquet in the studio.
■  Girls! Girls! Girls! The 1960’s – an affectionate look back at the sixties Who-Girls. With actors Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Peter Purves, Anneke Wills, Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Jean Marsh and Honor Blackman, script editor Donald Tosh and director Christopher Barry. Narrated by Dona Croll.
■  Photo Gallery
■  Coming Soon Trailer
■  PDF Material
■  Programme Subtitles

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The Rescue / The Romans - [Box-set]

Manufactured by: BBC Video (cat.#5378)

Format: VHS - PAL UK - Episodic
RRP: £16.99
Rating: U

Released: 5th September 1994


This was
released as a two-tape set together with The Rescue.

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The Romans

Manufactured by: BBC Audio / AudioGO

Format: Audio CD
RRP: £13.99

Released: 8th May 2008


The Original BBC Television Soundtrack. This is a 2 x CD set with a running time of 115 mins approx.

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The Romans

Manufactured by: Target
Format: Paperback Book
Written by: Donald Cotton

RRP: £1.95

Published: 17th September 1987


No.120 in the Target Doctor Who Library.

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