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Doctor Who: The Fires of Vulcan (Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas #12)

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Two thousand years ago, a volcanic eruption wiped the Roman city of Pompeii from the face of the Earth. It also buried the Doctor's TARDIS...

Arriving in Pompeii one day before the disaster, the Doctor and Mel find themselves separated from their ship and entangled in local politics. As time runs out, they fight to escape from the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. But how can they
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Published September 2000 by Big Finish Productions Ltd
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Matt
Apr 28, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
Steve Lyons strikes again! Bonnie Langford as Mel is among the most irritating companions in all of classic Who, but with great dialogue written by Lyons and some actual importance to the plot, Langford is actually quite good in this. McCoy definitely plays the Doctor closer to his last season dark & broodiness, but I don't really mind because the first season of McCoy's run was just so godawful.

Steve Lyons has never written anything in Doctor Who that I have disliked so far. This is a lot l
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Kelly McCubbin
Perfectly passable in every way.
To answer your first question, no, Mel doesn't suck. If we've learned anything about the Big Finish line by now, it's that actors who were previously given short shrift during their television broadcast era can be redeemed when given more sober material. Bonnie Langford's Mel is a smart, capable, even heroic companion through this story and it's refreshing. Sylvester McCoy, as well, takes a lot of the goofiness out of this (continuity-wise) period of his run and
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Angela
Jun 02, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Mel arrive in Pompeii a day before the eruption. Only problem is that in the 80s the TARDIS was excavated in Pompeii, and the Doctor knows this. This is a great historical, with both Mel and the Doctor upsetting people in the town. And a priestsess is someone you do not want to upset. This is more about escaping your fate than changing the history of Pompeii, and it is all the more interesting for that. A very good listen that shows that the Doctor and Mel can do serious stories w ...more
Joe Morrison
Oct 07, 2012 Joe Morrison rated it really liked it
Distinctive characters, Doctor turning point
A scots and a redhead arrive in Pompeii and argue over history. Sound familiar? Well, it’s The Fires of Vulcan, and not The Fires of Pompeii. There’s no Pyroviles, no escape pods, and defiantly no alteration of history, but debates over morality, and dangerous humans. By far, it seems to me that this is a far darker story than Pompeii, and that it has very different values to that story.

The characters in the story are very distinctive, and they are ver
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Christopher Buchanan
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Benamon Tame
Sep 29, 2014 Benamon Tame rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Strong story that pitches the Doctor and Mel in a fight for survival against Vesuvius. This story shows the darker more brooding side of Sylvester's Doctor and a much more mature Mel, with more to work with Bonnie Langford shows a far more rounded character and the two of them work well though out. Strong supporting cast adds even more depth. Quality addition to the Series.
Noetic_Hatter
Mar 19, 2016 Noetic_Hatter rated it it was amazing
This story and Doctor Who: The One Doctor made me a Mel fan for life.
Nicholas Whyte
brings the Seventh Doctor and Mel to Pompeii the day before the eruption of AD 79. I have managed to miss Bonnie Langford's presence on TV completely, so this was actually the first story of hers I have experienced. McCoy is utterly splendid as bleak!Doctor, convinced that he has brought himself and his companion to their doom. Langford is not especially remarkable, doing standard female companion role, but not especially annoying either. Unfortunately much of the plot makes very little sense (t ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Aug 09, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it it was amazing
This might actually be superior to the other Doctor Who story set in Pompeii, although that one gets at least equal marks from me because Donna!!! Anyway, this one has Sly Seven and Mel caught on the horns of a feisty time paradox, with only hours to spare before Vesuvius blows. I love how this story really takes us into streets, taverns, temples and mansions of Pompeii, introducing us to a cross section of people and building up a great sense of place. The Doctor is suitably scheming, but he's ...more
Kaesa
It wasn't a bad story, and I liked that this Pompeii was more historically accurate than the version of the city in "The Fires of Pompeii," but the TV version had a lot more emotional resonance for me.
Sammy
Sep 29, 2015 Sammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
It's far from the best use of either Mel or Seven, but "The Fires of Vulcan" is a welcome return to the historical. (Oh, Steven Moffat, can't we just do one episode every now and then that doesn't feel the need to shoehorn in some monsters for the kiddies!?) There's a fun range of supporting characters, who get to have their own stories in this four-episode format. (Oh, Steven Moffat, can't we just do a few serial episodes that have room to breathe?) And there's a nice sense of the time and plac ...more
Sarah
Aug 29, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: tossed, kept, audio
The Seventh Doctor and Mel run around in Pompeii... on volcano day... Where the Doctor has been trying to avoid as he states that one of his former selves saw a wrecked version of the TARDIS.

Pompeii is getting to be a weak point in time; We've had Peter Capaldi running around it (supposedly human at that point), David Tennant and Donna Noble, along with Sylvester McCoy and Mel along with a former self (unnamed but I think it would have been either Three or Five) being aware of a wrecked TARDIS r
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Erichyde
Aug 31, 2014 Erichyde rated it it was amazing
Great concept. Very basic but fun.
Debra Cook
Jan 21, 2016 Debra Cook rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
An interesting historical story. A slower story of Pompeii than the adventure with David Tennent in season 4 but its still a good adventure. Not sure Mel is a good companion for radio but Sylvester McCoy is great in this with his pesamistic attitude and then deciding to fight to live.
Dan
Apr 13, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favorite audio dramas so far. Interesting in comparison to how Pompeii was handled in the TV series. A well fleshed out villain, great character interactions, and a superbly written story.
Steven
Jul 20, 2015 Steven rated it it was ok
The Seventh Doctor and Mel visit ancient Pompeii just before the Vesuvius tragedy is due to occur.
Bronwen
Aug 30, 2009 Bronwen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, tv, audio
Pretty good. You'll like it if you enjoyed "The Fires of Pompeii" from season 4 of New Who.
Charlotte
Mar 30, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was ok
A solid historical about Pompeii - but it its solidity, ultimately a bit boring.
Patty
Sep 30, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
An excellent way to pass time on a long road trip.
Mel
Sep 03, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Mel was at her best here.
Ron Sadowski
Feb 25, 2013 Ron Sadowski rated it liked it
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Paul Graham
Oct 13, 2013 Paul Graham rated it really liked it
Loved it!
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Steve Lyons is a science fiction writer, best known for writing television tie-ins of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and previously, Virgin. The earliest of these was Conundrum in 1994, and his most recent was 2005's The Stealers of Dreams. He has also written material for Star Trek tie-ins, as well as original work.
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