Fires of Pompeii
12 April 2008
Peter Capaldi (Caecilius), Tracey Childs (Metella), Phil Davis (Lucius), Sasha Behar (Spurrina), Francesca Fowler (Evelina), Lorraine Burroughs (Thalina), Victoria Wicks (High Priestess), François Pandolfo (Quintus), Karen Gillan (Soothsayer), Phil Cornwell (Stallholder).
|Written by||James Moran|
|Directed by||Colin Teague|
|Produced by||Julie Garner and Phil Colinson|
The Tenth Doctor tries taking Donna Noble to ancient Rome for her first trip in the TARDIS, but seems to have miscalculated. Instead of seven hills, they find a single mountain billowing smoke – Vesuvius. They’re in Pompeii, 23 August 79 AD: the day before”Volcano Day”. However, something else is horribly wrong. The Soothsayers’ predictions seem to always be correct… so why can’t they see tomorrow’s disastrous events, the eruption of Vesuvius, the death of their city?
What is blocking their perception, and will the TARDIS team be able to walk away from a fixed point in time, saving no one from certain doom? Well, Donna has something to say about that!
BBC4 broadcast three related programmes on the same evening as the original broadcast,”Earth: the Power of the Planet” (an episode about volcanoes) at 2010BST, “Pompeii: the Last Day” at 2110BST, and “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Volcanoes” (actually broadcast at 0155BST the following morning). The Radio Times listing for the Fires of Pompeii made reference to “Pompeii: the Last Day”.