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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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Episode complete credited cast:
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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First sci-fi for Karen Gillan. 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 »


[When The Doctor or Donna talk to the Pompeiians, foreign phrases are not being translated into Latin]
Caecillius: [discussing a prior earthquake] After the great earthquake 17 years ago... An awful lot of damage, but we rebuilt.
The Doctor: Didn't you think of moving away? On, no, then again, San Francisco.
Caecillius: That's a new restaurant in Naples, isn't it?
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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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