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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

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (22 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Noel ClarkeNoel Clarke
As Mickey Smith
Recurring
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Clockwork Man
Recurring
Ellen Thomas (1)Ellen Thomas (1)
As Clockwork Woman
Recurring
Sophia MylesSophia Myles
As Reinette (Madame de Pompadour)
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

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

Recap

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
Madame de Pompadour was born Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson in 1721, in Paris.

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!

Young Reinette: Monsieur, what are you doing in my fireplace?
The Doctor: Oh, it's just a routine... fire check. Can you tell me what year it is?
Young Reinette: Of course I can. Seventeen hundred and twenty seven.
The Doctor: Right, lovely. One of my favorites. August is rubbish though. Stay indoors. Okay, that's all for now. Thanks for your help. Hope you enjoy the rest of the fire. Night night.
Young Reinette: Good night, Monsieur.

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!

The Doctor: Space-age clock-work, I love it! I've got chills! Listen, seriously, I mean this from the heart, and by the way, count those. It would be a crime, it would be an act of vandalism to dismantle you. But that won't stop 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. Um...um...um. 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!

Mickey Smith: Huh! So that Doctor eh!
Rose: What are you talking about?
Mickey Smith: Well! Madame De Pompadour, Sarah Jane Smith, Cleopatra!
Rose: Oh, Cleopatra he mentioned her once.
Mickey Smith: Yeah, but he called her Cleo.

(as the Doctor reads her mind)
Reinette: Oh, such a lonely childhood.
The Doctor: It’ll pass. Stay with me.
Reinette: Oh, Doctor. So lonely. So very very alone.
The Doctor: What do you mean alone? You’ve never been alone in your life… when did you start calling me Doctor?
Reinette: Such a lonely little boy. Lonely then and lonelier now. How can you bear it?
The Doctor: How did you do that?
Reinette: A door, once opened, may be stepped through in either direction. Oh, Doctor. My lonely Doctor. Dance with me.

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.

Reinette: You think I fear you? But I do not fear you even now. You are merely the nightmare of my childhood. The monster from under my bed. And if my nightmare can return to plague me then, rest assured, so will yours.

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 ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Julie Gardner
ProducerPhil Collinson
Associate ProducerHelen Vallis
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorCrispin Green
First Assistant DirectorPeter Bennett (3)
Second Assistant DirectorLynsey Muir
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerLouise Page
Make-upSteve Smith (8)  |  Anwen Davies  |  Moira Thomson
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Set DecoratorDavid Morison
Location ManagerGareth Lloyd
Property MasterAdrian Anscombe
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorSamantha Hall  |  Chris Blatchford
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
StuntsPeter Miles (2)
Stunt CoordinatorDavid Forman
Production SecretaryClaire Roberts (2)
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementMarcus Prince
Sound EditorPaul McFadden  |  Doug Sinclair (2)
Special EffectsWill Cohen (3)  |  David Houghton
Script EditorHelen Raynor
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistSimon Fraser
ChoreographerAlisa Berk
Third Assistant DirectorAdam Hill (1)
Costume SupervisorAnna Lau
Boom OperatorJeff Welch  |  Rhydian Yeoman
Visual Effects CoordinatorKim Phelan
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantEndaf Emyr Williams
Camera AssistantPenny Shipton
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley
Special Effects SupervisorPaul Kelly (4)  |  Mike Crowley
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristMick Vincent
Special Effects CoordinatorBen Ashmore
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerTerry Bartlett
Prop BuyerJoelle Rumbelow
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
A/production AccountantBonnie Clissold  |  Kath Blackman  |  Debi Griffiths
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorLee Gammon
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsTristan Howell  |  Phill Shellard
Production RunnerSarah Davies
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Design AssistantPeter McKinstry  |  Rob Dicks  |  Ben Austin  |  Al Roberts
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerSheelagh Wells
A/supervising Art DirectorJames North
Costume AssistantBarbara Harrington  |  Lindsay Bonaccorsi
 
Warning: Doctor Who season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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