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The Girl in the Fireplace 

The Doctor, Mickey and Rose land on a spaceship in the 51st century only to find 18th century Versailles on board, the time of Madame De Pompadour! To find out what's going on the Doctor must enter Versailles and save Madame De Popmpadour but it turns into an emotional roller coaster for the Doctor.

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The Doctor, Rose and Mickey materialize in the 51st Century on-board a derelict space craft. While searching for the crew, they discover that all of the ship's energy is being diverted to maintain "time windows" - two-way portals in space and time - all of which are pointed at France at various points in the 18th Century. Who is the young woman on the other side who calls for the Doctor by name, and what is the crisis that is about to befall her? And who in the 51st Century is watching all this? Written by Balkaster

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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Various members of cast found their costumes tight and would eat lunch standing up to avoid costume damage such as lost buttons. See more »

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When the Doctor uses the fireplace after working out who the girl is as he presses the button, the top section of marble on the mantle lift and bend slightly. See more »

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[first lines]
[members of the royal court are running and screaming]
King Louis: We are under attack! There are creatures - I don't even think they're human - we can't stop them!
Madame Du Pompadour: [staring at a broken clock on the mantel] The clock is broken. He's coming.
King Louis: Did you hear what I said?
Madame Du Pompadour: [she turns and steps up to him] Listen to me: there is a man coming to Versailles. He has watched over me my whole life, and he will not desert me tonight.
King Louis: What are you talking about? What man?
Madame Du Pompadour: The only man, save you, I have ever ...
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: New New Doctor (2006) See more »

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I Could Have Danced All Night
Written by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner (1956)
Performed by David Tennant
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One of the Most Touching and Haunting of Any Media Experience
11 February 2009 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Movies step aside. This singular 45-minute television episode presents one of the most haunting, touching, and emotionally riveting science fiction, perhaps movie scenes ever. It has twists, a certain logical consistency. It has comedy. It has horror. It has paradoxical thriller parallels. By the end of the movie the audience is provided with the entire gamut of emotions from satisfaction, loss, regret, understanding, resignation. Even the ending shot provides an answer to one of the fundamental questions even the characters of Dr. Who supposedly never figured out and that the audience is allowed in. Nine of out Ten Stars.


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