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Lobus Caecilius

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Lobus Caecilius
Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
Spouse: Metella
Children: Evelina, Quintus
Appearance: The Fires of Pompeii
Main actor: Peter Capaldi
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Peter Capaldi's 1st Appearance in Doctor Who - Doctor Who - Fires of Pompeii - BBC

Lobus Caecilius was a man who lived in Pompeii before Vesuvius erupted on 24 August 79. Husband of Metella and father to Evelina and Quintus, Caecilius was a marble trader with political ambitions; it was to impress the augur Lucius Petrus Dextrus, that he bought the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS at the market, intending to display it as "modern art".

Along with his family, Caecilius was spared from the devastation of Pompeii by the timely intervention of the Doctor. By early 80, Caecilius and his family had resettled in Rome, and adopted the Tenth Doctor and Donna as their household gods. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii)

The Twelfth Doctor remembered Caecilius when seeing himself in a mirror for the first time, having seen his face somewhere before. (TV: Deep Breath)

Behind the scenes Edit

The name game Edit

This character's surname was — by Russell T Davies' admission in The Italian Job — derived from books in the Cambridge Latin Course, elementary Latin books about real, historical people. For this reason, it is frequently asserted that this character is meant to be a "celebrity historical character" in the vein of Charles Dickens or Agatha Christie. Many people, including at least one official merchandise licensee, believe that this character is supposed to be the historical Lucius Caecilius Iucundus.

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Topps got the name wrong — really wrong. They think the name is Lucius Caecilius Lucundus, with an L.

Though both plausible and beguiling, it's simply not the case. The script actually names him Lobus Caecilius upon his introduction to the Tenth Doctor; the words "Lucius" or "Iucundus" are never used in connection with Capaldi's character.

Finally, careful attention to The Italian Job reveals that the production team merely nicked the names from Cambridge Latin Course books. As Phil Collinson confirmed, "It's all in [the Cambridge Latin Course] — in terms of the names". But it was not the authorial intent that this character or his family be an attempt at recreation of historical figures. Instead, Davies characterised the use of the name "Caecilius" as a gag, supporting the many other broad Latin gags in the episode, similar to those found in his beloved Asterix comics.

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