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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Episode complete credited cast:
Phil Cornwell ...
Sasha Behar ...
Lorraine Burroughs ...
Tracey Childs ...
François Pandolfo ...
Quintus (as Francois Pandolfo)
Gerard Bell ...
Major Domo
Lucius (as Phil Davis)


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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Caecilius, Metella and Quintus are all named after characters who appeared in the first book of the Cambridge Latin Course, which is set in Pompeii just before its destruction. Caecilius, at least, is known to have actually existed; archaeologists discovered his financial records and a bust of his head in his house during excavation of the ruins. The real historical figure was, however, quite bald in AD 79. See more »


After the Doctor pulls Lucius' arm off and Lucius confronts the Doctor and Donna in the volcano, the crook of the actor's real arm can be seen through the costume's opening. The fake stone arm sits relatively high and does not disguise it. See more »


The Doctor: [moving stone tablets] Put this one... there. *This* one... there. Uh, keep that one upside down. What have you got?
Lucius: Enlighten me.
The Doctor: What, the soothsayer doesn't know?
Lucius: A seed may float on the breeze in any direction.
The Doctor: Yea, I knew you were gonna say that. But- it's an energy converter!
Lucius: An energy converter of what?
The Doctor: I don't know! Isn't that brilliant? I love not knowing! Keeps me on me toes. It must be awful being a prophet, waking up every morning, "Is it raining? Yes, it is. I said so." Takes all ...
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