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Published on September 25th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Who Pompeii

Confirming rumours back in the summer, CBBC Newsround’s Lizo has reported on a Series 4 episode of Doctor Who which will be set in during the Roman Empire, while Billie Piper talks Doctor Who and Catherine Tate has a revelation…

First up toga-wearing, sexual deviance, drugs and betrayal – all things we saw during the BBC/HBO co-production of Rome, and likely none of the things we will see during the Doctor and Donna’s visit to Pompeii (save the togas). Fanboy Lizo:

The Doctor arrives in Pompeii with his new assistant, Donna, the night before the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano erupts – but should they warn everyone?

You’ll have to wait and see, but TV insiders promise the episode is one of The Doctor’s most adventurous yet.

Filming has been taking place in Rome in studios that were transformed to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii.

It looks good, and the set has been well-used in recent years, giving it an added air of authenticity – but what is of particular interest is Lizo’s hint that this may not be one of those run-of-the-mill Doctor Who adventures, with Donna facing an urge to try and warn the inhabitants of Pompeii of their impending doom. You can go back 40+ years to find a storyline lik that…

Elsewhere, Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate revelation in Doctor Who Magazine that she was a bit shocked to say the least about being asked to return to Doctor Who has made waves across the entertainment world. See this Digital Spy news item, and then wonder why the words of Sir Derek Jacobi, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and David Tennant aren’t echoed arount the World Wide Web whenever DWM speaks to them…

Billie Piper meanwhile has refused to rule out a return to Doctor Who during her recent appearance on Parkinson, reports Digital Spy.

“I don’t think it will happen any time soon but the door is slightly ajar,” Billie told Parkinson. “It’s such a lovely part but I tried to do it the other day and I couldn’t do it – I can’t do Rose any more!”

She continued: “I was having a go the other day, I saw David [Tennant] the other day in fact, and we were just having a laugh – and yes, Rose wasn’t so good!”

Finally, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker is set to judge the Eden Time Capsule Challenge, suggestions by readers of the Bucks Free Press as to what items they would like to see buried for posterity. A ceremony on November 20 will see the items incarcerated, and the winners and their families will be invited to watch as the capsule is lowered into the ground in a dramatic ceremony.

Cool – but not mention of whether Colin will be making an appearance

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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