204. The Girl in the Fireplace

The Girl in the Fireplace



Madame Du Pompadour finds the court at Versailles under attack from sinister clockwork killers, and her only hope of salvation lies with the man who has haunted her dreams since childhood – a mysterious stranger known only as the Doctor. Can a broken clock summon the Lord of Time?


Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Euros Lyn

The Doctor – David Tennant
Rose Tyler – Billie Piper
Mickey – Noel Clarke
Madame de Pompadour – Sophia Myles
King Louis – Ben Turner
Young Reinette – Jessica Atkins
Katherine – Angel Coulby
Manservant – Gareth Wyn Griffiths
Clockwork man – Paul Casey
Clockwork woman – Ellen Thomas
Clockwork man (voice) – Daryl Adcock
Clockwork woman (voice) – Emily Joyce


Mickey: “It’s a spaceship! Brilliant, I got a spaceship on my first go!”

The Doctor: “Must be a spatio-temporal hyperlink.”
Mickey: “What’s that?”
Doctor: “No idea. Just made it up. Didn’t wanna say ‘magic door’.”

The Doctor: ” Even monsters from under the bed have nightmares, don’t you, monster?”
Reinette: “What do monsters have nightmares about?!”
The Doctor: “Me.”

Mickey: “What’s a horse doing on a spaceship?”
The Doctor: “Mickey, what’s pre-revolutionary France doing in a spaceship? Get a little perspective.”

Rose: ” No, you’re not keeping the horse!.”
The Doctor: ” I let you keep Mickey!”

Rose: “Oh, look at what the cat dragged in. The Oncoming Storm.”
Doctor: “You sound just like your mother.”

Reinette: “It’s the way it’s always been. The monsters and the Doctor. It seems you cannot have one without the other.”

Reinette: “I have seen your world, and I have no desire to set foot there again..”
Droids: “We do not require your feet”.

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. ”

Rose: “Are you all right? ”
Doctor: “I’m always all right.”

Reinette (V/O): ” 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 that all things are possible. Hurry though, my love. My days grow shorter now, and I am so very weak. God speed, my lonely angel. ”


Years visited – 1727, 1744, 1745, 1753, 1758 and 1764.

The scene where the horse comes through the mirror was almost scrapped due to technical issues and cost.

Breaking the trend, there is no reference to ‘Torchwood’ in this episode.

‘Mickeys’ website was updated along with a new game to play.