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4.2 - The Fires of Pompeii

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/21/19 10:12 pm
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This episode is an interesting mix of comedy and deeper, darker drama. The comedy works well as you might expect with comedy star Catherine Tate as Donna but Tate's brilliance in the hugely emotional scenes and the dramatic challenging of the Doctor's code of conduct was a wonderful surprise. It turned out that Donna would be equally great in all the forthcoming episodes both in the humour and in the serious dramatic scenes.

Future Doctor Peter Capaldi appears in a nice support role which is later used in a strange but interesting flashback in The Girl Who Died when the Capaldi as the 12th Doctor realises he has the same face as this person he met before and feels it was to remind him of his vocation to save people. Future companion (and now Hollywood star) Karen Gillan also appears in an early cameo. The dialogue, story, setting and action is all really good and David tennant matches Tate with another great performance.

The involvement of the Doctor and an alien threat in the volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii is a great scenario and this episode works really well.

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 8/8/18 9:12 am
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A lovely story though highly likely it takes its inspiration from fires of Vulcan.

The doctor and Donna arrive at Pompeii at the event of its eruption but discover that a race know as the pyrites have been pulling strings and pushing the eruption along.
Setting and defects are great, score typically excellent and acting ( donnas especially) strong.
It’s a nice curveball that the rather comedic companion played by Tate is also very strong in emotional moments.


I really didn’t give season 4 a chance at a younger age. It’s now my favourite of the new stuff !


This story is give a solid 8

( I recommend fires of Vulcan with seven and mel as it’s clearly a influence and is even better though in no means does that mean I’m having a snipe on the fires of Pompeii)!!

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/15/16 4:04 am
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Donna’s first trip in the TARDIS and the story does so much to cement the Doctor-Companion relationship between the two. There’s a great conflict over whether the Doctor should interfere in Pompeii. The story mixes hilarity at the beginning with a steady of build of dramatic tension that ends in a powerful and beautifully written conclusion.

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