Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

2018 brings another new Verity! feature: Perfect Match, in which a Verity selects a classic Who story and a modern Who story that go together…for whatever reason. Join Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we compare and contrast Tansy’s perfect match: “The Romans” and “The Fires of Pompeii”.

What ties do you see between these two stories? How has storytelling evolved between these two tales, and how does that affect the show? Let us know what you think in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Lazy Doctor Who Covers “The Romans”
New Who novelisations
The Fires of Vulcan from Big Finish

Download or listen now (runtime 1:11:27) 


Comments on: "Episode 159 – A Perfect (Roman) Match" (4)

  1. The other thing I’ve always loved about The Fires of Pompeii is that the entire family were familiar names to me from school, as they appear in the Cambridge Latin Course that I would imagine was also part of the youths of many Doctor Who writers (and they were also based on real people we know lived in Pompeii at the time of the eruption – the first book ends when Vesuvius erupts, and the subsequent books follow the adventures of the son, Quintus, before moving on to other characters):

    For me, it was also nice to see Peter Capaldi pop up since I’d first come across him in the ’90s in The Crow Road (excellent hair, best Iain Banks adaptation anywhere) and, around the same time, in The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling as scheming Lord Fellamar (excellent wigs, and absolutely *everyone* was in it).

    Now I have my rusty Latin grammar mnemonics stuck in my head.

  2. ‘The Robots of Death’ and ‘Planet of the Ood’ would be a great perfect match. A slave race goes berserk, gets red-eye and kills their masters.

  3. The David Tennant/Jodie Whittaker link goes to the article about women writers.

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