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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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Episode complete credited cast:
... The Doctor
... Rose Tyler
... Mickey Smith
... Reinette
Ben Turner ... King Louis
Jessica Atkins ... Young Reinette
... Katherine
Gareth Griffiths ... Manservant (as Gareth Wyn Griffiths)
... Clockwork Man
... Clockwork Woman
Jonathan Hart ... Alien (voice)
... 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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20 October 2006 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


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 »


Reinette and the Doctor first met when she was 7 years old, but she was not given this nickname until she was 9, when her mother took her to a fortune-teller who said she would grow to become the mistress of a king. (Reinette means "Little Queen" in French.) 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: From Zero to Hero (2006) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Broke my heart
9 May 2006 | by 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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