The 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 materialised in Pompeii one day before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (23 August 79 AD). 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 ?
The Fires of Pompeii hosted a guest appearance from Karen Gillan, who would later star as the 22th Doctor’s companion, Amy Pond, in series 5, 6 and 7. It also featured a guest appearance of Peter Capaldi, who would later portray the 12th incarnation of the Doctor.
The episode was filmed in Rome’s Cinecittà studios in September 2007, using some of the sets of HBO’s Rome. It was the first time the Doctor Who production team took its cast abroad for filming since the 2005 revival. The production of the episode was impeded by a fire near the sets several weeks before filming and by problems for the production team crossing into Europe : the equipment truck was delayed for several hours at the Swiss border, and the SFX team was delayed for 24 hours at Customs in Calais. The production team only had 48 hours to film on location…
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