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Doctor Who Keith Topping. Published by BBC Pubns Barbara is intrigued by the thought of seeing the city, and the Doctor reluctantly decides to indulge her; she claims to have learned her lesson about interfering with history, but the Doctor has visited the Roman Empire before, with Susan, and knows it to be a brutal and bloody place. Nevertheless, he and his friends visit the city, posing as a family of travelling Britons, and as nothing serious happens over the course of the following week, the Doctor eventually admits that his fears seem to have been unfounded.
Eventually, the time comes for them to return, and as the Doctor and Ian purchase bread for the day's journey back, Vicki and Barbara visit the temple of Jupiter for one last look. They have arranged to meet in the marketplace outside the temple -- but just as they are within sight of one another, the Zealots attack, infiltrating the crowd and then drawing knives and killing as many Romans as they can strike down. The travellers are separated in the panic and confusion of the attack.
Ian is attacked by a Roman soldier and is forced to kill him in self-defense, but is then struck down and knocked unconscious. Vicki is ushered away from the fighting by a Greek shopkeeper named Georgidias, whose wife Evangeline at first fears that Vicki's presence will draw the Romans to their home and their own daughter Iola. Eventually, she grudgingly allows Vicki to stay in their home for the night, and Georgidias promises to search for Vicki's "family" in the morning once curfew is over.
The fighting in the square is soon broken up by a squadron of Romans, in a particularly brutal fashion; when all the bodies are counted, over men, women and children are dead. Basellas counts this a good day's work, and sends his loyal followers to murder Simeon and his wife Rebecca for failing to stand by them. Ian is found unconscious and is taken to the barracks for interrogation by the cadet trainer Erastus.
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He withstands the preliminary torture and insists that he is a freeborn Briton, and neither a spy, deserter nor traitor. Calaphilus, who has been to Briton himself, questions Ian and comes to believe that there is truth to his claims. He therefore arranges for Ian to stay in the Villa Praefectus until his story is proven one way or the other, but advises him to be wary; Byzantium can be a dangerous place.
Within hours of Ian's arrival, both Maximus' current wife Jocelyn and his maid Felicia attempt to seduce him; however, he spurns their advances, as he does not wish to give his potential enemies any political ammunition to use against him. He soon befriends Gemellus and the librarian Fabulous, who warn him that Jocelyn and Felicia are as nothing when compared to Antonia Vinicius; Ian's going to have his work cut out avoiding them all.
Meanwhile, Calaphilus blames Maximus for the uprising, as he'd advised Maximus to take a strong stand by executing hundreds of the Zealots and Maximus had refused. He intends to report to Rome that Maximus' weakness caused the deaths of Roman soldiers, and Marcus and Fabius intend to let him make this report so the general and praefectus will bring each other down without realising who their true enemies are.
Barbara, suffering from concussion, stumbles into a Jewish temple for sanctuary, but the Jews accuse her of being a spy and nearly stone her to death. Hieronymous stops them; he will not stand for this commotion in the Lord's temple, and he believes that Barbara is just an innocent traveller. He therefore grants her sanctuary while she recovers; unfortunately, he is unable to bring her news of her friends, who are missing and presumed dead.
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Titus and Phasaei try to use Hieronymous' growing affection for Barbara to embarrass him, but she knows enough Old Testament scripture to turn their theological arguments against them; however, she finds it less easy to deal with Hieronymous' daughter Gabriella, who distrusts Barbara and fears that Hieronymous has been blinded by the loneliness he has felt since his first wife's death. The Doctor has been rescued by the Christians who live in the caves outside the city. As he recovers from the concussion he suffered during the riot, he comes to admire the Christians' fortitude and the elderly Hebron's wisdom.
These are first- and second-generation Christians, some of whom knew Jesus' disciples personally; they have settled near Byzantium with copies of the disciples' memoirs and the missionary Paul's letters, which they intend to translate into Greek in order to spread Jesus' "good word", or gospel , throughout the known world. The Doctor eventually recovers, and Aaron and Daniel lead him back to his "carriage", only to find that it has gone. Stuck without his friends or any means of escape, the Doctor settles into gloom, but his troubles come into perspective when he realises that Hebron is dying of cancer.
As he resigns himself to a long life stuck on Earth, Daniel returns from the city with terrible news; while protesting the crucifixion of two Christians who had been accused of heresy by the Pharisees, Aaron was killed by a group of Zealots who turned on all of the Christians in the crowd. The remaining Christians decide to flee Byzantium to a place of safety.
Vicki also assumes her friends to be dead, and although Georgidias seems happy to take her in, this is a very different life from the one she's used to. The other Greeks in the community all visit to take a look at the new arrival, and Vicki soon befriends the wise old shepherd Papavasilliou; she is less taken with the tax gatherer Luke Panathaikos, who is denounced by the Greeks as a traitor for collecting taxes for the Romans.
Vicki is appalled when Iola warns her to avoid the Roman soldiers at all costs, as they could rape and murder either of them on a whim. One day, when Vicki casually eats a loaf of bread without asking, Evangeline beats her for stealing. Iola tries to cheer her up by taking her to witness the Christians' crucifixion, and Vicki is appalled both by the brutality and the joy with which Iola watches the execution.
When the Zealots attack the Christians in the crowd, a Roman soldier spots Vicki watching and tries to assault her; however, Vicki realises that he's deserted his post, and threatens to scream and attract attention. The soldier withdraws, unwilling to face either the penalty for desertion or the murderous Zealots, and Vicki and Iola thus get home safely; but they arrive late, and once again, Vicki is punished for leading Iola astray. The crucifixion has also affected Ian, whose honesty and honour is attracting attention, both good and bad. Maximus presents Ian with a gladius, a short sword with which he can protect himself, and invites him to share his thoughts on the Christians.
Ian has befriended the Christian slaves Dorcas and Tobias, but bearing his own situation in mind he is non-committal -- until he realises that Maximus intends to allow the crucifixion of the Christian "heretics" to go ahead in order to keep the peace amongst the Jews. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide.
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