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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

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Sophia Myles ... Reinette
Ben Turner Ben Turner ... King Louis
Jessica Atkins Jessica Atkins ... Young Reinette
Angel Coulby ... Katherine
Gareth Griffiths Gareth Griffiths ... Manservant (as Gareth Wyn Griffiths)
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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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


This was planned as the second episode of the 2006 series, however when Russell T. Davies realised how experimental it had become in Steven Moffat's hands, he decided to move it to fourth in the running order between Doctor Who: School Reunion (2006) and Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen (2006). See more »


Ironically, for a show so dependent on time and timing, King Louis XV states, "Only 43 when she died," but Mme. de Pompadour was actually 42 at her death (b. 12/29/1721, d. 4/15/1764). Stating in her 43rd year would have been technically correct. 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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Timeless love
10 January 2011 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

During the original run of Doctor Who, the mere idea of any kind of romance between the Doctor and his companions was deemed ridiculous (although we know that he had a family at one point, what with Susan calling him "grandfather" and all). The new series, on the other hand, has a lot of fun with the main character's attitude (or lack thereof) towards the opposite sex: by the admission of writer Steven Moffat, his episode The Doctor Dances was, starting with the title, a blatant sexual metaphor, and it's only fitting that his third Who script deal with the unthinkable - the Doctor in love.

Having solved the Krillitane mess, the Time Lord, Rose and Mickey end up on a spaceship in the 51st century that, weirdly enough, contains bits of the 18th century, specifically the life of French noblewoman Madame de Pompadour (Sophia Myles). The Doctor communicates with her at various points in her life through a fireplace, and a bond forms between the two. Unfortunately, time is running out, and the Doctor needs to figure out how he can save her from the attack of clockwork "monsters".

Touching, poetic and magical, The Girl in the Fireplace continues the fairy tale motif present in Moffat's previous scripts, explicitly borrowing from C.S. Lewis to concoct a truly timeless and tragic love story between the dark future and the brightly lit, stunningly executed past. Whereas previous episodes were meant to establish Tennant as the new Doctor, this story sees him go beyond that and play a wide range of emotions alongside the equally superb Myles, who is the real heart of this beautiful tale. Not that the romantic feel gets in the way of some traditional Doctor Who silliness - no other show would probably get away with a brilliantly daft shot of a horse on a spaceship.

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