Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 4

The Girl in the Fireplace (20 Oct. 2006)

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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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Take a look at the cup the Doctor is holding in the scene where Rose and Mickey are tied up. That is not the traditional wine glass, but one that is based, according to an urban legend, on the shape of the breast of Madame De Pompadour, the lady this story is about. See more »


The reason everybody is always speaking English is because the TARDIS translates for them, but when The Doctor is trapped in France and all the time portals have been closed, the TARDIS would have no connection to the Doctor but everybody is still speaking English. 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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Madame De Pompadour
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Murray Gold & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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David Tennant gets to grips with being the Doctor
7 May 2006 | by (Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

After the third episode of the series 'School Reunion' where David Tennant started to get to grips with the part of the Doctor thanks to the reappearance of Sarah Jane and K9, he finally nailed it here. Although the quick changes of mood are still there, they are smoothed out by an increasingly roguish charm previously unseen in the portrayal of the Doctor. Dedicated, and narrow, Doctor Who fans may not like the increasing propensity of the Doctor to open his heart(s) to love, but his relationship with Rinette was beautifully played. Sophia Myles was utterly superb and made viewers believe that here was a mortal who was a match for the Doctor. The final scenes were as heart rending as the early scenes were playful. Now that he is into his stride, the rest of this series and the forthcoming third series will be classic Doctor Who.

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