Meanwhile, Mickey and Rose find a camera with a human eye in it and a human heart wired into machinery before rejoining the Doctor and the horse at another window. Mickey suggests just breaking through, but they would require a truck to smash through the combined hyperplex and plate-glass layers and in any case, if the mirror is broken, it will destroy the time windows. As the TARDIS leaves the scene, the name of the ship (and the reason the droids targeted Reinette) can finally be seen on the outside: SS Madame De Pompadour. "[4] Moffat was inspired by Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife, though the episode's structure is different from that of the novel. As they watch her flirt with the king through a mirror, he says that Reinette plans not to become the Queen (as the king already has one) but to become the king's mistress. School Reunion The king then draws the Doctor's attention to the window and they both watch a hearse take Reinette away "for the last time"; tragically, she has died. [citation needed] Euros Lyn was later assigned to direct it. Doctor: [MAJOR SPOILERS for Split ahead.]. Contrary to common belief, season 10 kicked off in the last week of December 1972 — not in 1973, as would be expected. [citation needed] It received an Appreciation Index of 84, considered "excellent". This series was the first since season 26 to not introduce any new lead cast members; Matt Smith continued on as the Eleventh Doctor, still joined by Karen Gillan's Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill's Rory Williams, from the previous series. The Girl in the Fireplace. Another day, another Doctor Who rumour from the Daily Star.This time they are reporting that The Girl in the Fireplace herself, Sophia Myles, is being lined up for next companion.. Meanwhile, back in the ship, Rose and Mickey realise that if the Doctor is trapped in France, they are trapped as well since they cannot operate the TARDIS. Meanwhile, back on the ship, Mickey is taunting Rose about the many women the Doctor knows, including Egyptian Queen Cleopatra; Rose has just gotten over the fact she's not the first companion that the Doctor has taken on, after meeting Sarah Jane. After quickly greeting his very relieved companions and rushing them into the TARDIS, the Doctor turns back to get Reinette. King Louis gives the Doctor a letter in which Reinette hopes for the Doctor's quick return. After discovering a 51st-century spaceship in which he can see an 18th-century French girl through a fireplace, the Doctor must figure out what's so special about her -- and, of course, how to save the day. The Doctor Foster ending was indeed theatrical and dramatic, as claimed by … [citation needed] The scenes on the spaceship, which were shot by the second unit, were also filmed in Newport. Season 10 actually began nine years after season 1 started. He flips a switch on the mantle to rotate the fireplace into Reinette's bedroom, which is peaceful save for a rather loud clock. The Doctor finds that the fireplace is operating and uses it to return to the spaceship. The Doctor catches up to Nancy and convinces her to give him more information. A startled Reinette informs him that though it has been mere seconds for him, for her it has been months since they last spoke. She also says that it is "more than just a secret", but does not elaborate further. Reinette is puzzled that he is scared of a broken clock, but the Doctor points out that if the only clock in the room is broken, what's ticking? In the original script, it was that the "mind meld" with the Doctor is what actually attracts the clockwork robots to Reinette. In. New Doctor Peter Capaldi thinks back to 2006 episode "The Girl in the Fireplace". It injects her with the sedative and she falls unconscious. She flirts with the Doctor and they kiss before she leaves to join her mother. The Doctor steps through one window to defend Reinette from an android. As the, The Doctor calls a dangerous creature "beautiful" even though others would not feel the same way about such. Thus, his series actually begin in 2005, 2006 and 2007 — not 2006, 2007 and 2008 as is commonly thought. Doctor Who - Series 2: 4. • With thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This seems to be based on a solitary tweet from Steven Moffat. Back in Reinette's bedroom, the Doctor finds the girl is now a young lady; she calls him rude, for an imaginary friend should only exist when one is a child. Tooth and Claw "The Girl in the Fireplace" is the fourth episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. line whilst exploring the ship. She struggles but it will not let her up. There was good acting from Sophia Myle who well cast in the role of Madame de Pompadour. Remember, however, that this list only gives the first year in which an episode from a series was broadcast. ← Previous After reading the Doctor's mind, Reinette says "Doctor who? Mickey starts to panic, but Rose remains silent. It continues from the events of its prequel, Tardisode 4. He is freaking out, noting that the insane robots are going to chop them up. The androids threaten to decapitate Reinette, but the Doctor, on Arthur, crashes through the mirror to save her. He has just come back from the dead, and has begun to see life in a new perspective. The Tenth Doctor, Rose, and Mickey explore a derelict spaceship in the 51st century. Doctor Who is a British television institution, and the longest-running science-fiction series in the world, first airing on BBC TV on 23 November 1963. The droids loom over them, threatening to dissect them for parts needed for the ship, and Rose and Mickey struggle and try to reason with them, but to no avail. Format: The Girl in the Fireplace Although Reinette dies before she is able to accept the Doctor's offer of travelling in the TARDIS, she does briefly experience time travel when she steps through one of the holes in time and ends up aboard the vessel bearing her name millennia later. [11], Writing for IGN, Ahsan Haque praised Tennant and Myles' acting, the episode's pacing and the "extremely touching" story. The Doctor tells her that the smoking pods are empty, so that's not it. It teleports away before the Doctor has a chance to disassemble it. She tells him about a mysterious man who has watched over her for the entirety of her life; she tells the King to go to his wife, as she is less important as his lover. Directed by Hettie Macdonald. This draws Reinette's attention to the loud ticking noise, which is too big to be a clock according to the Doctor. [citation needed], While Moffat was creating the clockwork automata he first decided to hide their faces with wigs, but when producer Phil Collinson told him this would severely limit camera angles, and that it could appear comical, the androids were given carnival masks to wear. When she asks him if he is alright, he looks her in the eye and claims he is "always alright." When he steps through one of these portals, shaped like a fireplace, the Doctor discovers the even greater mystery of actual, romantic love. The Doctor explains the windows to Reinette's life are all over the ship. With David Tennant, Billie Piper, Noel Clarke, Sophia Myles. When he asks Reinette how she managed that, she says, "A door once opened may be stepped through in either direction." "The Queen must have loved her" Rose quips; to her surprise, the Doctor says Reinette and the Queen were good friends. This episode is the only one of the season to have no mention of Torchwood. It is one of the best endings ever, showing the hero Chuck(Tom Hanks) situation in life. ", feeling that his real name is more than a secret. He then pours his glass of wine down the lead droid's head, revealing it's anti-oil: "if it moves, it doesn't." In a low voice, he states she had always hoped to see the Doctor again, and he hands the Doctor a letter she had written to him. When the Doctor reinforces his demands with the sonic screwdriver, the creature advances in him and threatens him with a bladed appendage. It identifies as Repair Droid 7 and the ship encountered an ion storm which caused 82% systems failure. Writer: 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. There was a deleted scene where the Doctor met the cruel owner of the horse (, While the episode appears to follow immediately from the previous episode. The Doctor decides to explore further. "Give me two minutes," he tells her before hurrying to find Rose and Mickey. The Girl With All the Gifts largely flew under the radar when it was released in 2016, but its ending leaves a lot to unpack.. [2] Sophia Myles stated in an interview on Doctor Who Confidential that she did not have to audition for the role of Madame de Pompadour, she was offered it. Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS. In reality, it was a hoax, but Davies hoped to give it a sinister past. 4: "The Girl in the Fireplace, Episode commentary by Phil Collinson, Helen Raynor and Eugene Washington, "The Girl in the Fireplace" episode homepage, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Girl_in_the_Fireplace&oldid=996878561, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form-winning works, Television episodes written by Steven Moffat, Cultural depictions of Madame de Pompadour, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2018, Articles with unsourced statements from June 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 01:17. The Doctor and Rose depart, along with Mickey, who is happy to have gotten a spaceship on his first go in time travel. "The Girl in the Fireplace" was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 6 May 2006. Behind the scenes video In fact, For the purposes of this list, "Series 4" is considered to be the. The episode takes place in multiple time periods as the Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith find time windows leading to 18th century France and Clockwork Droids use them to stalk Madame de Pompadour through her life. The episode was nominated for a Nebula Award and won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. The Shyamalanaissance is real. Rose mentions that Reinette is a pre-Revolutionary France "Camilla" - referencing Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In 2015, it was released by BBC Worldwide on BitTorrent and iTunes, in. The Doctor breaks the time window to save Madame de Pompadour. Shortly afterwards, the Doctor, Rose and Mickey find an 18th century fireplace. Examining some equipment, the Doctor notes that the ship was damaged (likely in a meteor storm) and is in the middle of repairs. Rose then offers Madame de Pompadour a gem which could erase all signs of contact with the Doctor from her mind, but she refuses because she does not want to forget him. Carey, takes place in a grim post-apocalyptic future. Phil Collinson Rose tries to intimidate them by revealing they are travelling with the famous Time Lord known as the Doctor, who can make even the Daleks feel fear. Still from "Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace", BBC Studios "The Girl in the Fireplace" was Steven Moffat's first script for the 10 th Doctor in the new show's second series in 2006. Reinette senses the Doctor's presence, but he hides. It was first broadcast on BBC One on 6 May 2006. As episode writer Steven Moffat had previously established (in, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire (the Ballroom of the Palace of Versailles), Tredegar House, Newport, Gwent (Reinette's Studio, and the location of the funeral cortege at the end of the episode), Dyffryn Gardens, St. Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan (the Palace of Versailles and the palace grounds; also Reinette's bedroom), David Broome Events Centre, Crick, Monmouthshire (the horse jump - as noted above, this was later composited into the Ballroom shots: No horse actually set a hoof into Ragley Hall!). Reinette tells the Doctor that she had her fireplace moved to Versailles in the hope that he would return. The script originally contained out-of-order meetings between the Doctor and Reinette in which she recalls seeing him at her convent school, which he later visits. It has wandered in through one of the windows in history, this one leading to a garden where an older Reinette and her friend are discussing the news that the king's current mistress is in ill health. She brings him to a room with a bed covered with flower petals and shows him the fireplace from when they first met. Much like the ones in this story, the droids became confused as to what their purpose was and began harvesting human organs (although the reasons why would differ for the future batch). 18th century Versailles, a starry night: Panic is in the palace as people run from an unseen enemy. When the Doctor is spying on Reinette, he ducks behind the pillar, though he is still clutching the pillar. While it had been two minutes for the Doctor, it had been years for Reinette. Directed by Euros Lyn. David Tennant, unusual amongst other Doctors, began and ended on special episodes, not regular ones. He rides the rotating mantle back onto the ship as Reinette looks on sadly; a part of her had hoped he would be unable to do so. Main enemy: Fifty-two people across the world in eleven different time zones die at the exact same time. Producer: Shortly after The Dark Knight Rises first came out two years ago, Caine himself explained that what we saw "was no imagination" and Bruce was there, in the flesh. The, The Doctor has previously been at a masque. Premiere broadcast: He called it a "thought-provoking piece", and wrote that episodes like this could not be broadcast every week since it "would be too taxing on the average viewer's brain". She reaches out to touch him, finding he was never a figment of her imagination. In the next shot, he's not. While working with David Tennant on Casanova, Russell T Davies researched Madame de Pompadour and decided to use her in Doctor Who. Seeing he is correct, they cease functioning, collapse to the floor and shatter. The episode is set in France throughout the 18th century. On the other hand, the Doctor seems quite reconciled to taking the "slow path" with Reinette. It is written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat and was broadcast on 27 May 2017 on BBC One. While inspecting the fireplace, the Doctor notices her mantle clock is broken and goes "Okay, that's scary". (, It was also sold as part of the Series 2 Box Set, which included all 13 episodes of Series 2, along with the, This story was released in the Series 2 Blu-Ray set in, This release was initially bundled with the first seven series of the revived. The Doctor spots a clockwork droid in the corner, crosses through the window and freezes it again with the extinguisher; this doesn't work for long though. [9] The final rating for the episode was 7.90 million, making it the thirteenth most watched programme on British television that week. The programme's executive producer Russell T Davies, who conceived the idea while researching for Casanova, described the episode as a love story for the show's protagonist the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant). If static electricity was passed through the mirrors, more than images could be reflected and whole objects could be sent back in time. Tenth Doctor Rose tries to aim her gun at the droid, but another appears behind her, grabs hold of her and pulls her down. ", a reference both to the series' title and to the long-running mystery about the Doctor's actual name. "GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE" was a very good Dr. Who episode. He realises that this is the night she and the king first met, explaining to Rose and Mickey that soon afterwards Reinette became the king's official mistress, gaining the title of Madame de Pompadour. She informs the Doctor that she is in her bedroom in Paris, the year is 1727 and her name is Reinette. This is Mickey's first trip in the TARDIS as a companion. The Doctor explains to the droids that they are no longer needed. 5 The Girl In The Fireplace (9.3) Past, present, and future collide in this wacky episode that invokes both space travel and corsets. "Girl in the Fireplace" is one of Tennant's best episodes. [7] After reading the Doctor's mind, Reinette says "Doctor who? He is attacked by a ticking creature in period dress. The fact that he has just "snogged Madame de Pompadour" gives him great happiness as he returns to the future, watched by an extremely bemused servant. Reinette calls into the fireplace again, yelling that this was the night he promised to show up. Lacking the necessary mechanical parts, they cannibalised the crew and used their organic parts to replace damaged mechanisms. He traces the noise to Reinette's bed and has a look underneath. [citation needed], While the episode appears to follow immediately from the previous episode "School Reunion", Moffat says in the DVD audio commentary that when he wrote "The Girl in the Fireplace" he had not yet read the end of "School Reunion", hence the lack of Rose's continuing animosity shown towards Mickey after he joins the TARDIS crew. 171 Reinette and the Doctor kiss before she leaves to join her mother. Einar tries to explain he has always felt like a girl despite being in a male body. "The Pyramid at the End of the World" received generally positive reviews from television critics. It can also be purchased on iTunes. As Amy Pond, Rory Williams and River Song are pursued across America by Canton Everett Delaware III and the FBI, the Eleventh Doctoris locked in the perfect prison. Searching for her, he instead finds the now much-older king. Apparently taking this request literally, it teleports away. Another memorable moment The only connection: they all have ATMOS installed in their vehicles. As well, certain trace elements in the machine, li… Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In the episode, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) crashes his time and space machine, the TARDIS, into the small English village of Leadworth, where he meets a young Scottish girl named Amelia Pond (Caitlin Blackwood). Three thousand years later, in the 51st century, the Doctor's TARDIS arrives on an abandoned spaceship. He tells her to pack a bag and pick a star - if she wants to join him, he will take her wherever she wants to go. [15] IGN's Matt Wales ranked "The Girl in the Fireplace" the third best Tennant Doctor Who story, calling it "one of Doctor Who's most touching adventures". Premiere network: [5] During the production, Moffat considered "Madame de Pompadour", "Every Tick of My Heart", "Reinette and the Lonely Angel" and "Loose Connection" for the episode's title. 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