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Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace

Madame de Pompadour, the official mistress of King Louis XV, has been haunted by recurring dreams of the Doctor since childhood. When the King's palace comes under attack from sinister clockwork robots, she attempts to summon him in an effort to protect its inhabitants from the mechanical killers.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 17
Airdate: Saturday May 06th, 2006

Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland May 06, 2006
US (BBC America) Oct 20, 2006
Germany Jun 29, 2008


Guest Stars
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Clockwork Man
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Clockwork Man
Ellen ThomasEllen Thomas
As Clockwork Woman
Ellen ThomasEllen Thomas
As Clockwork Woman
Ben TurnerBen Turner
As King Louis (King Louis XIV)
Ben TurnerBen Turner
As King Louis (King Louis XIV)
Jessica AtkinsJessica Atkins
As Young Reinette
Angel CoulbyAngel Coulby
As Katherine
Jonathan HartJonathan Hart
voiced Alien Voice
Emily JoyceEmily Joyce
voiced Alien Voice
Emily JoyceEmily Joyce
voiced Alien Voice

Co-Guest Stars
Daryl AdcockDaryl Adcock
voiced Clockwork Man
Daryl AdcockDaryl Adcock
voiced Clockwork Man
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
Billie PiperBillie Piper
As Rose Tyler
Billie PiperBillie Piper
As Rose Tyler


In Versailles, France, during the 18th century, the royalty at a manor panic and run through the halls. King Louis storms into the chamber of Reinette and informs her that they are under attack by strange inhuman creatures. She tells him that the clock is broken and a man is coming who has watched her over her entire life. She sends the King on his way, and then kneels before the fireplace and calls out for the Doctor...

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Episode Notes
The costume worn by Sophia Myles (Madame de Pompadour) in her final two scenes was originally worn by Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George.

Episode Quotes
King Louis: We are under attack! There are creatures. I don't even think they're human. We can't stop them.
Reinette: The clock is broken. He's coming.
King Louis: Did you hear what I said?
Reinette: 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?
Reinette: The only man, save you, I have ever loved. No, don't look like that. There's no time. You have your duties. I am your mistress. Go to your queen. (talks to the fireplace) Are you there? Can you hear me? I need you now. You promised. The clock on the mantle is broken. It is time. Doctor! Doctor!

The Doctor: Must be a spatial temporal hyperlink.
Mickey Smith: What's that?
The Doctor: No idea. Just made it up. Didn't want to say 'magic door.'

Young Reinette: Monsieur, be careful!
The Doctor: Just a nightmare, Reinette, don't worry about it. Everyone has nightmares. Even monsters under the bed have nightmares, don't you, monster?
Young Reinette: What do monsters have nightmares about?
The Doctor: Me!

Reinette: It is customary, I think, to have an imaginary friend only during one's childhood. You are to be congratulated on your persistence.
The Doctor: Reinette. Well, goodness, how you've grown.
Reinette: And you do not appear to have aged a single day. That is tremendously impolite of you.
The Doctor: Right, yes, sorry. Listen. Lovely to catch up, but, uh, better be off, eh? Don't want your mother finding you up here with a strange man, do we?
Reinette: Strange? How could you be a stranger to me? I've known you since I was seven years old.
The Doctor: Yeah, I suppose you have. Ha. I came the quick route.
Reinette: You seem to be flesh and blood at any rate, but this is absurd. Reason tells me you cannot be real.
The Doctor: Oh, you never wanna listen to reason.

The Doctor: I'm the Doctor and I just snogged Madame de Pompadour!

Mickey Smith: What's a horse doin' on a spaceship?
The Doctor: Mickey, what's pre-revolutionary France doing on a spaceship? Get a little perspective.

The Doctor: Rose, take Mickey n' Arthur, get after it, follow it, don't approach it, just watch what it does.
Rose: Arthur?
The Doctor: Good name for a horse.
Rose: No, you're not keepin' the horse.
The Doctor: I let you keep Mickey. Now, go! Go! Go!

Reinette: Doctor. Doctor who? It's more than just a secret isn't it?
The Doctor: What did you see?
Reinette: That there comes a time, Time Lord, when every lonely little boy must learn how to dance.

The Doctor: Have you met the French? My God, they know how to party.
Rose: Oh, look at what the cat dragged in. The Oncoming Storm.
The Doctor: Ooh, you sound just like your mother.
Rose: What have you been doing? Where have you been?
The Doctor: Well, among other things, I think I just invented the banana daiquiri a couple of centuries early.

The Doctor: Always bring a banana to a party, Rose. Bananas are good!

The Doctor: Ohhoho, brilliant! It's you! You're my favourite, you are, you're the best! You know why? 'Cause you're so thick! You're Mr Thick Thick Thickity Thick Face from Thicktown, Thickania. And so's your dad.

Rose: He'll be there when you need him. That's the way it's gotta be.
Reinette: That's the way it's always been. The monsters and the Doctor. It seems you cannot have one without the other.
Rose: Tell me about it. The thing is, you weren't supposed to have either. Those creatures are messing with history. None of this was ever supposed to happen to you.
Reinette: Supposed to happen? What does that mean? It happened, child, and I would not have it any other way. One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.

Rose: You okay?
Reinette: No. I'm very afraid. But you and I both know, don't we, Rose, the Doctor is worth the monsters.

The Doctor: Madame de Pompadour. You look younger everyday.
King Louis: What the hell is going on?
Reinette: Oh. This is my lover. The King of France.
The Doctor: Yeah? Well I'm the Lord of Time. And I'm here to fix the clock.

Reinette: My dear Doctor, the path has never seemed more slow, and yet I fear I am nearing its end. Reason tells me that you and I are unlikely to meet again, but I think I shall not listen to reason. I have seen the world inside your head, and know all things are possible. Hurry, though, my love. My days grow shorter now and I am so very weak. Godspeed, my lonely angel.

Episode Goofs
In reality, Madame de Pompadour died when she was 42, not 43 as stated in the episode.

Although the future Madame de Pompadour introduces herself to the Doctor as "Reinette" in 1727, she was not actually known by that name until 1730.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJulie Gardner
ProducerDenise Roberts (2)  |  Phil Collinson
Associate ProducerHelen Vallis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorCrispin Green  |  Peter Pitt
CastingJennifer Fishman
First Assistant DirectorPeter Bennett (3)
Second Assistant DirectorLynsey Muir
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upSteve Smith (8)  |  Tobi Britton  |  Moira Thomson
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Set DecoratorDavid Morison
Property MasterAdrian Anscombe
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
GafferMark Hutchings  |  Manfred Frieling
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)
OtherClara Juhn (Production Staff)
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
StuntsPeter Miles (2)
Production SecretaryClaire Roberts (2)
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementMarcus Prince
Sound EditorPaul McFadden
Special EffectsWill Cohen (3)
Script EditorHelen Raynor
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistSimon Fraser
ChoreographerAlisa Berk
Third Assistant DirectorAdam Hill (1)
Boom OperatorRhydian Yeoman  |  Jeff Welch
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Best BoyPeter Chester
Special Effects SupervisorMike Crowley
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristMick Vincent
Special Effects CoordinatorBen Ashmore
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerTerry Bartlett
A/production AccountantKath Blackman
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorLee Gammon
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsPhill Shellard  |  Tristan Howell
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Design AssistantRob Dicks
Make-up DesignerSheelagh Wells
A/supervising Art DirectorJames North
Costume AssistantLindsay Bonaccorsi
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