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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.


Euros Lyn


Steven Moffat, Steven Moffat (showrunner)




Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Sophia Myles ... Reinette
Ben Turner ... King Louis
Jessica Atkins Jessica Atkins ... Young Reinette
Angel Coulby ... Katherine
Gareth Wyn Griffiths Gareth Wyn Griffiths ... Manservant
Paul Kasey ... Clockwork Man
Ellen Thomas ... Clockwork Woman
Jonathan Hart Jonathan Hart ... Alien (voice)
Emily Joyce ... Alien (voice)


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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The robots driven by intricate clockwork and mechanical gears are based on self-operating machines called "automatons" which were present in 17th century Europe. See more »


When the Doctor first talks to the girl she is heard to reply in English. This is the Tardis translating for them (explained in the show). However, she then refers to him as 'Monsieur'. 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 loved.
Madame Du Pompadour: [...]
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Visually jaw dropping and truly heartbreaking, a true classic.
13 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Doctor, Mickey and Rose land on a Spaceship which has a link to Reinette, Madame de Pompadour, but why are there so many windows to her life, and what do the Clockwork robots want with her?

It is utterly beautiful to look at, the production values look worthy of a massive budget film, it is gorgeous, from the ship, to the views of Paris, the bedroom, Versailles, Sophia Myles, the robots, everything is perfection. It looks like it cost big bucks to put it together. It always leaves me with a little tear.

Murray Gold's music is wonderful, it fits in so well and enhances the script without overtaking or being intrusive. It's romantic.

The connection between Tennant and Myles is wonderful, what a brilliant beautiful actress she is, a casting masterclass.

David Tennant's Doctor gets better and better, he's taken the show to another level. He connected with Sarah Jane last week, Madame de Pompadour this time, was there a plot to get him away from Rose's clutches I wonder?

I just knew this was going to be a heart breaker, one of the best, 10/10, the show is going through a bit of a purple patch isn't it.

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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport, Wales, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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