The Fires of Pompeii
Series 4 Episode 2
When the Doctor and Donna arrive in 79AD, they discover psychic powers and beasts of stone running riot in the streets of old Pompeii. The time-travellers face their greatest challenge yet - can established history be changed, or must the Doctor let everyone die?
- The Latin phrase said by the Doctor just before Lucius has him arrested is "Morituri te saluting", meaning "Those who are about to die salute you". This was said by gladiators before fights.
- The Doctor apologises for Donna's odd behaviour by using the catchphrase "don't mind her, she's from Barcelona", a reference to Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers.
- During the earthquakes in Caecillius' house before the eruption, the walls, statues and other ornaments shake, however the water in the pond remains perfectly still.
- Donna: You're kidding. You're not telling me the TARDIS is gone!?
The Doctor: Ok...
Donna: Where is it!?
The Doctor: You... told me not to tell you.
Donna: Don't get clever in Latin!
Donna: Have you been here before then?
The Doctor: Mm, ages ago. Before you ask, that fire had nothing to do with me. Well, a little bit.
- Lucius: Is that so... Man from Gallifrey?
The Doctor: What?
Lucius: The strangest of images. Your home is lost in fire, is it not?
Donna: Doctor, what are they doing!?
Lucius: And you, daughter of... London!
Donna: How does he know that!?
Lucius: It is the gift of Pompeii, every single oracle tells the truth!
Donna: But that's impossible.
Lucius: Doctor... she is returning.
The Doctor: Who is? Who's she!?
Lucius: And you, daughter of London... there is something on your back!
Donna: What does that mean!?
Evelina: Even the word Doctor is false. Your real name is hidden... it burns in the stars, in the cascade of Medusa herself. You are a Lord, sir. A Lord of Time.
- The Doctor: Some things are fixed, some things are in a flux. Pompeii is fixed.
Donna: How do you know which is which?
The Doctor: That's how I see the Universe. Every waking second. I can see what is, what was, what could be, what must not. That's the burden of a Time Lord, Donna. And I'm the only one left.
- Donna: What time does Vesuvius erupt? When's it due?
The Doctor: It's 79 A.D. 23rd of August, which makes Volcano Day tomorrow!
Donna: Plenty of time! We can get everyone out, easy!
The Doctor: Yeah... 'cept we're not going too!
Donna: But that's what you do. You're the Doctor. You save people.
The Doctor: Not this time. Pompeii is a fixed point in history. What happens, happens. There's no stopping it!
Donna: Says who!?
The Doctor: Says me.
Donna: What, and you're in charge?
The Doctor: TARDIS, Time Lord, yeah!
Donna: Donna, human, no! I don't need your permission, I'll tell them myself!
The Doctor: If you stand in the market place and announce the end of the world, they're just gonna think you're a mad ol' Soothsayer. Now come on! TARDIS! We're getting out of here!
Donna: Well, I just might have something to say about that, Spaceman!
The Doctor: Oh, I bet you will!
Doctor Who Series 4, Volume 2
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Written by: James Moran
Directed by: Colin Teague
First transmitted on: Saturday 12th April 2008
Running Time: 48'13"
Setting: Pompeii, 23rd August 79. The Doctor and Donna originally believe they have landed in first century Rome, but when they see Mount Vesuvius, they realise they've actually arrived in Pompeii, and on the eve of the historic eruption.
Filming: Filming for this episode took place at the Cinecittà studios in Rome in September 2007.
- Peter Capaldi (Caecilius)
- Tracey Childs (Metella)
- Phil Davis (Lucius)
- Sasha Behar (Spurrina)
- Francesca Fowler (Evelina)
- Lorraine Burroughs (Thalina)
- Victoria Wicks (High Priestess)
- Francois Pandolfo (Quintus
- Karen Gillan (Soothsayer)
- Phil Cornwell (Stallholder)
Viewing Figures: 9.0million