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
The Doctor tells Donna he had been to Rome once before, and that he "had nothing to do with that fire." This is a reference to the fact that the first Doctor (William Hartnell) visited Rome in the original series of Doctor Who (1963), in the 4-part serial "The Romans" (1965). Although the Doctor did not directly start the fire, he did hold a map a bit too close to an open flame, giving Nero an idea. See more »
As Donna and the Doctor start their tour of "Rome", a sign seen behind them says "Two amphoras for the price of one". The plural of "amphora" is "amphorae". See more »
Longtime fan of Dr. Who needs schedule of telecasts in USA
When and on which channel is the latest version of Dr. Who telecast in the United States? My husband and I began watching the program when Tom Baker was the Doctor. At the time, we were on the brink of divorce. Watching Dr. Who each Sunday night gave us something to share and enjoy, and our mutual interest in the program helped to revive our marriage. Is there any way that Tom Baker can be coaxed to make at least a cameo appearance on the show? Unaware that Dr. Who had been revived, I saw a bit of the show on television recently. I have been since searching for the time and station of the telecasts so that my husband and I, now married thirty-five years, can revive our weekly ritual. Please help this Dr. Who fan find the good doctor again.
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