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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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Gareth Griffiths ...
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Ellen Thomas ...
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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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(Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The working titles for this episode were 'Madame de Pompadour', 'Every Tick of My Heart' and 'Reinette and the Lonely Angel'. See more »


There are electric light bulbs in all the chandeliers in the Palace of Versailles, when clearly, electric light bulb, especially those shown, would not be invented for more than 200 years. See more »


[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: Finale (2006) See more »


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Written by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner (1956)
Performed by David Tennant
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Broke my heart
9 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Everything came together to perfection in this episode - the best ever. The chemistry between Sophia Myles and David Tennant was electric and the Murray Gold's music caught its poignancy to perfection. The costumes were sumptuous and there was just enough menace to keep kids behind the sofa now and again, and certainly will stop them looking under their beds at night. And a great one to put before next week's Cybermen as a complete foil to it. It went a long way to explaining a lot of the Doctor's motivation as a character in a variety of other situations. If this episode doesn't win some kind of award, I will eat my sonic screwdriver.

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