Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 2

The Fires of Pompeii (2 May 2008)

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The Doctor and Donna visit Pompeii in AD 79, on the eve of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.



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Gerard Bell ...
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The Doctor and Donna land in the marketplace in Pompeii in 79 A.D., the day before the big eruption and the destruction of the city. The Doctor's destination was actually Rome but he soon realizes his mistake...but not before a market vendor sells the TARDIS to a local businessman, a seller of marble whose daughter may be able to predict the future. Donna sees an opportunity to warn everyone and evacuate the city but the Doctor flatly refuses. When the Doctor learns that those with the ability to see future are slowly turning to stone, he quickly comes to the conclusion that alien beings are operating inside the volcano - and that he has a far greater decision to make than that put to him by Donna. Written by garykmcd

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Whenever The Doctor and his companions visit a non-English speaking locale, the TARDIS translates speech and text for them. Curious about this, Donna tries speaking Latin in pre-volcano Pompeii; this sounds to the Pompeiians as Celtic. Throughout the show, when they utter a trivial Latin phrase, someone comments that they must be Celtic. And when The Doctor mentions San Francisco (from Spanish), Caecillius thinks it's a new restaurant in Naples. See more »


The Doctor claims that the Romans had no word for "volcano" until Vesuvius erupts. In reality, the Greeks called volcano "etna" or "hiera" and said that the god of fire, Hephaestus, worked in a forge under a volcano. As the Romans adapted the Greek mythos, Hephaestus became Vulcan - volcano is a derivation of this name. See more »


Donna Noble: Where are we going now?
The Doctor: Into the volcano.
Donna Noble: No way!
The Doctor: Yes, way.
[spins water pistol around finger]
The Doctor: Have it your way.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: End of an Era (2008) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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