So I’m rewatching The Fires of Pompeii and in the prophecy scene, Lucius Petrus Dextrus says: “Man from Gallifrey. The strangest of images. Your home is lost in fire, is it not? And you, daughter of London. This is the gift of Pompeii. Every single oracle tells the truth.”
It’s bad enough that after the 50th we’re supposed to believe that the Doctor has these oddly specific false memories of watching Gallifrey burn, but how did those false images get into someone else’s head? The head of a soothsayer who supposedly only makes true prophecies?
I guess this would be evidence that in the 50th the Doctor changed his past. No one seems to know for sure if that’s how we were supposed to interpret the episode. Ugh, I’m just frustrated. Also the image of “burning” created a nice parallel between this episode and the Time War and now I’m thinking about how the Doctor let most of these people burn but not his own people and blehhh I’m just so frustrated.
On the plus side, the Doctor and Donna addressing each other as “Spartacus” and the Celtic running joke still make me laugh. And I love Caecilius’s family just as much as I remembered. This episode is still just fantastic.
#that’s the problem with doing ‘everybody lives’ every single time#real life is not like that#no time travel magic could save those pompeiians#and it’s so gross how the father was saved with time travel magic in ‘the doctor the widow and the wardrobe’#considering how close to home that storyline must have hit for so many viewers#especially at christmas#death and loss has been dealt with in a irresponsible and insensitive way in moffat erasurfingwavefunctions)
I never really liked that episode, but that’s something I didn’t think of. Saving one Pompeian family is one thing because it’s an event that is far out of living memory, but World War II is not out of living memory.
It’s just amazing how often Moffat undermines himself. He wrote the line “Just this once, everybody lives!” Since then, he’s cheapened it by neglecting to treat death and loss sensitively.