Doctor Who Confidential Episode 2 Press Release

5 04 2008

The BBC have now released a press release for the second episode of Doctor Who Confidential. In this episode we see behind the scenes footage on the episode Fires Of Pompeii as well as being able to view filming inside the Cinecitta Studios. The second episode of Doctor Who Confidential will air on Saturday 12th April on BBC Three. The press release for this episode can be seen below.




In this exclusive episode, Doctor Who Confidential steps out from behind-the-scenes to reach brand new heights with the Time Lord himself, David Tennant.


Scaling Mount Vesuvius in the bay of Naples, the active Doctor Who star ascends 4,200 feet to the summit of one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.


“To be honest I’m quite excited at the prospect that it could blow at any second!” quips David, “…it’s quite life-affirming somehow!”


For this special edition of BBC Three’s top-rated show, David also takes a guided tour around the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii.


Nearly 2,000 years after the devastating eruption, the excavations have unearthed in amazing detail the secrets of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.


As he witnesses first-hand, many of the buried buildings are incredibly well-preserved and shockingly so too are the bodies of those killed in the 79 AD disaster.


“You see the shapes of their bodies and the way they ended their existence and you can grasp how appalling and shocking the terror of that moment was,” explains a clearly moved David in the streets of Pompeii.


Broadcast on BBC Three on Saturday 12 April 2008, cameras also follow the Doctor Who crew to the Italian capital as they film the Time Lord’s latest volcanic voyage at the

world-famous Cinecitta Studios.


“Taking the production abroad was something we talked about a long time ago,” says producer Phil Collinson, “and to come here actually to Rome is such a thrill.”


But travelling the long road to Rome was far from straightforward for the Cardiff-based production team and Confidential was backstage every step of the 2,500 mile round trip.


Late lorries, a tight schedule, a large cast of extras (including rabbits, donkeys and chickens!), complex CGI sequences and an eruption on an epic scale, all combined to make this shoot an Italian job of colossal proportions.


“I’m delighted that none of the organisation of moving an entire crew across Europe falls to me,” jokes David Tennant, “I would imagine Phil had several sleepless nights… I certainly overheard the odd screaming phone call.”


Despite the logistical difficulties, the filming in Rome was a delight and Doctor Who Confidential was there to chart every twist in the cast and crew’s adventures in Italy.


“We haven’t really done this before,” comments executive producer and head writer Russell T Davies.


“This is a massive event in history, and an event I think that children have always been fascinated by. I remember learning the story of Pompeii at a very young age and being thrilled by it.”




3 responses

5 04 2008

This Makes The Fires of Pompeii Sound Great!

“Scaling Mount Vesuvius in the bay of Naples, the active Doctor Who star ascends 4,200 feet to the summit of one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.”

o.O That is High!

5 04 2008

Cool post, this episode sounds awesome!

5 04 2008

Great post, can’;t wait for Doctor Who tonight, and the Fires Of Pompeii looks ace. I’m really looking forward to Doctor Who but will be watching Doctor Who Confidential too because thats awesome aswell.

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