Well that was kind of leisurely. It's a new kind of episode where...nothing really happens for awhile. It's not boring, at least not at first, and there's something nice about seeing the crew relax. The interplay is really banter and funny at times and wile it seems the Doctor is getting annoyed by Ian and Barbara, he lets them know in a funny way rather than becoming mean spirited as in the past. His relationship with Vicki continues to grow and remember this is only the second ep he's known her (he only met her in ep2 of THE RESCUE). He'd rather take her along to Rome. We also see Vicki and Barbara interact nicely in the market place and we see rather nice road that led to the market place. There's also a nice villa...and I guess the gang have taken over the villa when the real owner left...sort of like criminals. The TARDIS fell but not far it would seem although the original script said that, it looked far. It didn't seem to hurt it or the crew. The sets are nice. The costumes nice and the ideas are as different from the RESCUE as can be. Things aren't totally played for laughs but the fight between Ian and the two slave traders and Barbara hitting Ian over the head seem to be. The murder of the old man who looks like the Doctor is brutal. This story is strange in hindsight as it contains at least two actors who play future Time Lords and/or Gallifreans on the show (Gomer in INVASION OF TIME and Drax in THE ARMEGGEDON FACTOR). It's also nice to see the Doctor and co eat a meal (even if some of it is ant's eggs that we thankfully do't see in close up). The Doctor gets some good lines even if he's sort of acting like a moron and as if he' going round the bend. The Doc going off with Vicki sets the much later stage of One Doctor, One Comp almost always female. There's some long interplay between Ian and Barbara which is borrowed from other sources such as the "check the fridge" bit. Oddly enough I almost fell asleep when things became more serious with Ian and Barbara captured as slaves. In any event, this ep is not a bad one and this story is likable. Everyone is really trying and for the most part succeeding. The setting alone makes this worth while.