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The Fires of Pompeii 

Instead in Rome, The Doctor and Donna Noble end up visiting Pompeii in AD 79, on the eve of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, before anyone even knew it was actually a volcano.The entire city is doomed for destruction.




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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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(50 episodes)

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(Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?


A fire broke out at Cinecittà Studios prior to filming. The conflagration was the result of an electrical short, and caused the deaths of four people and considerable destruction before it was extinguished. Despite the tragedy, however, the sets required had not been damaged. See more »


Toward the end when the volcano has just erupted, when the Soothsayer played by Karen Gillan is "dead" in her companion's arms, you can see her mouth move. 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 »


Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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what channel is broadcasting DW
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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