Continuity mistake: When the Sybilline priestesses kneel after the High Priestess speaks, in a shot from the front, Donna, sitting on the altar, has her hands in front of her - she's using her left hand to take the rope off her right wrist. In the next shot, from behind, her hands are at her sides. In addition, the rope still on her right wrist disappears. (00:27:05)
Revealing mistake: When the Doctor and Donna are walking through the underground tunnels towards Mount Vesuvius, tunnels that can be presumed to be fairly warm due to their connections to volcanic activity, their breath is visible - something that only happens in cold temperatures. (00:31:20)
Continuity mistake: When the Doctor and Donna leave as Caecilius, Metella, Evelina and Quintus stand and watch the destruction of Pompeii, the TARDIS changes orientation between shots - in both of them, one from in front of the family and one from behind, the TARDIS' door, with the sign, is visible. (00:45:10)
Continuity mistake: When the Doctor and Donna are talking to Caecilius, when they introduce themselves as "Spartacus" and Caecilius makes several guesses as to their relationship, wondering if they're married or siblings, in shots facing them, the Doctor and Donna are standing fairly close together. In shots facing Caecilius, however, the Doctor and Donna are standing much further apart. (00:11:05)
Continuity mistake: After Lucius' arrival, when the Doctor escorts Donna towards the TARDIS, telling her they have to go, which she doesn't agree with, between shots his hands change position between having his right hand on her back, or having both his hands on her shoulders. (00:13:55)
Other mistake: Near the start, the Doctor and companion, just after having experienced a violent earthquake within the city of ancient Pompeii, discover someone sold the TARDIS after fleeing toward where they parked it and finding it gone. But where it had stood there is a floor to ceiling shelf of clay pots, very aligned, unshaken, unmoved from the shelves. (00:04:00)James G. Mason
Plot hole: After getting out of the Pyrovile escape pod, the Doctor and Donna start running back to Pompeii. In the process, they are somehow able to outrun what appears to be a pyroclastic flow. Pyroclastic flows can reach speeds of up to 700 kph, and should be impossible for them to outrun. (00:38:15)
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