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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Steven Moffat was inspired by Audrey Niffenegger's novel "The Time-Traveler's Wife". 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 ...
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Myths and Legends (2006) See more »


Madame De Pompadour
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Murray Gold & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Best Dr Who episode so far
9 May 2006 | by mcvosSee all my reviews

I think this was the best episode of this season so far, and it was even better than The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances of the previous season (which, incidentally, are by the same writer: Steven Moffat, also responsible for the brilliant sitcom Coupling).

The plot of The Girl in the Fireplace is brilliant, complex and intricate, and surprisingly free from the gaping holes that complex plots usually have. It can be a bit confusing, but it'll all make sense in the end. The acting was good: David Tennant was a bit too hyper as usual, but tense when he needed to be, and Sophia Myles was absolutely brilliant as a very convincing Madame de Pompadour. Downsides? The end may be a bit too easy, but this is Doctor Who, after all. I think this will be my favourite episode for a long time. Or at least until next week.

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