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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.


Colin Teague


James Moran

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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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Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


(50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?


Karen Gillan, who appears here as the Soothsayer, would later be cast as Amy Pond, the new companion for series 5. Peter Capaldi, who plays Caecilius, would later be cast as the Twelfth Doctor. See more »


When Donna touches Evelina's arm after it's been unwrapped, you can see the actress's skin being pushed down through the stone make up. See more »


Donna Noble: You fought her off with a water pistol. I bloody love you!
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References Fawlty Towers (1975) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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what channel is broadcasting DW
7 May 2008 | by mapson-2See 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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