On this edition of Doctor Who: Tales From The TARDIS, we are wrapping up our look at The Romans four-parter, with a recap & review of the final chapter titled 'Inferno!'
Next week, we start out look at 'The Web Planet'
- Original Air date: February 6, 1965, 12 Millions Viewers (Up 2 Million from Previous Week)
- Time can't be re-written, but it will find a way to make sure key events takes place, for example The Doctor burning Nero's plans for a new Rome giving him the inspiration he needed to burn Rome to make sure his dream city can be built in its place
- I love that the Doctor & Vicki's story line didn't fully crossover with Barbara & Ian's, the indirect assistance they give to one another (Vicki not knowing she saves Barbara's life in part 3 who in turns ends up saving the Doctor's life in part 4) with neither being none-the-wiser was really well done.
- Not sure how often this gets brought up by Tavius has a Christian cross, and sure this is 65 AD, so after Jesus's time, but it's a fascinating detail that raises even more questions about his motives to purchasing Barbara when noticing her helping another prisoner in part two.
- While light on the comedy, there is still some great comedic moments, in particular when Ian learns that it was Barbara who cold-cocked him with a vase in part 1 plus Nero's reaction to Doctor burning his plans and his gradually shift to inspiration is awesome.
- In another strange similar scene to History of the World Part 1, Ian and Delos's escape from the arena while fighting for Nero's amusement reminds me a little of Comicus and Josephius escape from Ceaser's palace in the Mel Brooks film
- Overall, I think The Romans is an underrated story in the history of Doctor Who, and deserves some more praise.