This was light an airy in places and grim and dark in others but essentially was intended to be comedy. I think this puts it at odds with all around it and I am surprised that it has escaped being tarred with the same brush as the gunfighters (if we ver get to that you will see what i mean).
The story is almost a carry on style romp but the humour for me is destroyed by the very real and dreadful things that are occurring. Slavery has a different slant after seeing “Rome” and “Sparticus: Blood and Sand” and the capture of Ian and Barbara takes on a whole different feel from the “stuck in a cage” intentions.
I also find it hard to watch the Doctor celebrate Neros destruction of Rome and the deaths that it must have entailed and the blasé attitude to Barbara's attempted rape (which as a slave she should have submitted to!) makes me cringe.
The problem with the Romans for me is that it seems to inject humour into essentially humourless situations. For this I guess I must say that i don’t really like it. It isn't dreadful but to be honest I would rather watch something else. As long as it isn't The Web Planet.
Coming up… The Web Planet!!!! Bugger.
HOHO THEY ARE ALL DIEING IN FLAMES. TEEHEHE.
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