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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




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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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 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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My favorite episode ever
2 July 2006 | by Andrew_in_NHSee all my reviews

I've seen a lot of the Doctor over the last thirty-odd years, and this episode has the greatest emotional depth I've ever encountered. It doesn't hurt that it presents a complex story with skill, charm, and sensitivity. It also doesn't hurt that the twists of the story surprised me regularly through the entire hour, or that the performance by Sophie Miles was superb. It was also nice that Rose was in great form, and that Micky was finally showing solid promise as a character.

Still, the best parts for me were the personal interactions, and the new slant on some of the questions raised in Schoold Reunion. This has helped make the Doctor a more complete character, and also one who is more sympathetic. It's a powerful reply to the questions raised throughout the New (and the New, New) Doctor as to whether evil follows him, or whether he goes where it is inevitable in order to try to prevent its effects.

This is a great episode, and it is my favorite of all I have seen thus far.

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20 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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