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The Fires of Pompeii 

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




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Sasha Behar ...
François Pandolfo ...
Quintus (as Francois Pandolfo)
Gerard Bell ...
Major Domo


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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2 May 2008 (USA)  »

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(50 episodes)

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(Dolby 5.1)
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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 »


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 »


The Doctor: But, the soothsayers, they all consume the vapors, yeah?
Caecillius: That's how they see.
The Doctor: [putting on glasses and leaning into the hypocaust] Ipso facto.
Caecillius: [looking over behind the Doctor] Look, you...
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7 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the fan wanting to know when DW is on the air - check the SciFi channel for Friday nights. That's the "newest" in the "revived" DW series. It looks like they're at the 4th episode in this season. BBCAmerica also carries some DW episodes, but I'm not sure which season they're currently broadcasting. I think they are broadcasting episodes with David Tennant. SciFi is also carrying some of the other seasons of DW, but I'm not sure if they're with David Tennant or Chris Eccleston - so check your local listings. I live in an area where my PBS station is also carrying DW, again with the "revived" series. Currently, they are broadcasting Chris Eccleston episodes with no commercial breaks and are also carrying the Doctor Who Confidential showing the "how to" of the various episodes. I don't know of any "commercial" stations carrying the original series - but check your local PBS station. Good luck!

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