Saturday, April 12, 2008

Review: Doctor Who, Episode 4.2, "The Fires of Pompeii"

Great episode. James Moran, writer of the Torchwood second season episode "Sleeper", delivers a compelling story and a thrilling climax. The BBC has always excelled at producing historicals, and this episode partly filmed at Rome's famed Cinecittà Studios is no exception. Good CGI effects again. Donna continues to grow into her role as a companion. Her stubbornness and conscience are just the traits the Tenth Doctor needs in a companion.

Warning: spoilers below, please highlight the white space with your mouse to read them.

I really love the final scene that reveals that the Doctor and Donna are now worshiped by the surviving family as household gods, as well as the references to Spartacus, Fawlty Towers, Mary Poppins and the First Doctor serial, "The Romans".

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