‘Oh, something else I forgot to tell you: I think I’ve poisoned Nero.’
Following 53 episodes of unbroken action adventure, The Romans (1965) was Doctor Who’s
first ever comedy. Beyond this seminal place in history – beyond the
serial’s clever script, vigorous direction, fine acting and all the
humour – it remains notable as an expression of 1960s culture,
counterculture, and a burgeoning spirit of reinvention.
The Romans afforded us the gift of laughter and allowed Doctor Who the freedom to shed its skin.