Rescue & The Romans
BBC DVD / 2|entertain
Arriving on the planet Dido in the late 25th Century, the time travellers come
upon a crashed spaceship from Earth. Its two occupants - a paralysed man named
Bennett and a young girl, Vicki - are living in fear of a creature called
Koquillion, a native whose people have apparently killed the other members of
the human expedition.
However, the Doctor quickly deduces that Koquillion is in fact Bennett in
disguise; it was he who killed the others in order to conceal an earlier murder
he had committed on the ship.
Commentary with actor William Russell, director Christopher Barry and designer
Mounting The Rescue - cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With
actors William Russell, Maureen O'Brien and Ray Barrett, director Christopher
Barry, designer Raymon Cusick and 1960's viewer Ian McLachlan.
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The 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
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.
- 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