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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:
Ben Turner ...
Jessica Atkins ...
Gareth Griffiths ...
Manservant (as Gareth Wyn Griffiths)
Clockwork Woman
Jonathan Hart ...
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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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Two horses were used in the episode; one was used for the scenes in close quarters on the spaceship, and another for jumps. See more »


The reason everybody is always speaking English is because the TARDIS translates for them, but when The Doctor is trapped in France and all the time portals have been closed, the TARDIS would have no connection to the Doctor but everybody is still speaking English. 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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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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13 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

The best Doctor Who episode I've seen. Although there are some major plot discrepancies and they could probably explain the clockwork droids a little more, this episode really hit it right home.

I could watch it over and over again and feel this weird tingly sensation after. And what gorgeous music. Kudos to the music guy...whoever you are.

This episode did not have too much visual effects and action so I thought it was going to be rather plain but I was astounded as to how the emotional part of the story really carries it through the end. Writer Steven Moffatt penned a wonderful script and the contrast between Mickey/Rose's more colloquial, modern speech and Reinette's flowy poetic period piece was beautiful.

We've always seen the Doctor as some sort of superhuman being but this episode really emphasizes on his humanity. It puts his feelings on the line and I like how the audience got a glimpse of him when Reinette read his mind. One question though: How come she had that ability? The ending always gets me choked up and teary...damn that sweet sweet music *sob*! But for all the space age action (well of course being a sci-fi series), it's such a fresh change to see Doctor Who in 18th century France.

Ah...the end.

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