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The Fires of Pompeii 

Instead of 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.


Colin Teague


James Moran, Steven Moffat (showrunner)




Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Phil Cornwell ... Stallholder
Karen Gillan ... Soothsayer
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... Spurrina
Lorraine Burroughs ... Thalina
Peter Capaldi ... Caecilius
Tracey Childs ... Metella
Francesca Fowler ... Evelina
François Pandolfo ... Quintus (as Francois Pandolfo)
Victoria Wicks ... High Priestess
Gerard Bell Gerard Bell ... Major Domo
Phil Davis ... Lucius


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 »


During the earthquakes in Caecillius' house before the eruption, despite the walls, statues and other ornaments shaking, the water in the pond remained perfectly still. 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 the fun ...
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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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