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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The events of the musical were the initial sequences in a Butterfly Effect that eventually brought the Roman Empire to its ruin.

That girl and that boy - the ones with the matching necklaces - will be the ancestors of Pope Leo.
  • "Nothing for kings, nothing for crowns..." That isn't just a description, it's a prophecy!
  • And this musical ends with fun and silliness triumphant. This attitude became infectious until everyone became addicted to the circus.

That really was the Third Doctor in the film; he was just passing through, and decided to meddle a little bit along the way. Pseudolus becomes a new Companion shortly after the film ends.

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