The Tenth Doctor, Rose, and Mickey explore a derelict spaceship in the 51st century. When the Doctor is spying on Reinette, he ducks behind the pillar, though he is still clutching the pillar. He then pours his glass of wine down the lead droid's head, revealing it's anti-oil: "if it moves, it doesn't." Carey, takes place in a grim post-apocalyptic future. "The Queen must have loved her" Rose quips; to her surprise, the Doctor says Reinette and the Queen were good friends. He tells Reinette to prepare to leave. As understanding dawns upon the Doctor that she is truly gone, he is obviously deeply affected. Although the other side of the fireplace should be the outer hull of the ship, there is another room with a little girl. The Doctor uses his telepathy to look into Reinette's mind, hoping to find something linking her to the droids; he tells her to keep anything private from his view by imagining a door, resulting in quite a few. The Doctor realises Reinette is Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV. 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. It is written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat and was broadcast on 27 May 2017 on BBC One. The only connection: they all have ATMOS installed in their vehicles. The Doctor attempts to shut the gateways before the droids damage Reinette's timeline further. The androids threaten to decapitate Reinette, but the Doctor, on Arthur, crashes through the mirror to save her. In 2004, Russell T Davies—Doctor Who's executive producer—was responsible for Casanova, a serial set in the 18th century. He goes on to explain that the droids are monitoring Reinette's "milometer"; apparently when she's thirty-seven and thus "complete", the droids will steal her brain to replace the broken command circuit of the ship. He deactivates the tables. [MAJOR SPOILERS for Split ahead.]. As the light in the fire dies, the TARDIS dematerialises, revealing that it stood in front of a picture of Reinette.  In early 2005, Steven Moffat—who had written "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" for the series—was assigned to write the story. 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. The ship drifts through space, lifeless. We break down the ending here. Later on, the Doctor would meet another young girl, When the Doctor expresses a preference for 18th century France it tallies up with the opinions of the, The Tenth Doctor remarks positively about bananas. (, 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. David Tennant is the best Dr. Who since Tom Baker, and i think he was born to play the character. He manages a small smile before looking away again, but he is fooling no one. King Louis gives the Doctor a letter in which Reinette hopes for the Doctor's quick return. This was why Rose and Mickey saw a heart and an eye earlier, but the Doctor remarks that the droid was merely doing what it was supposed to; no-one thought to inform them that "the crew weren't on the menu". It's very understated, very beautifully done, but it's nonetheless a Time Lord falling in love and Rose's reaction to him falling in love with someone else. Taken from the episode "The Girl in the Fireplace." Rose and Mickey pursue it, taking the horse with them; Rose tells the Doctor that they are not keeping it as a pet, only for him to retort that he lets Mickey stay on the TARDIS as her pet. 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. Main setting: 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.. 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. Using his sonic screwdriver, the Doctor reactivates the link. She asks the question "Doctor who? The Doctor and Rose depart, along with Mickey, who is happy to have gotten a spaceship on his first go in time travel. 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). Zombies, known as hungries, run rampant in this world, thanks to the mass spread of a fungal disease. When the Doctor reinforces his demands with the sonic screwdriver, the creature advances in him and threatens him with a bladed appendage. • With thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She yells the man's name: Doctor! Tooth and Claw It received an Appreciation Index of 84, considered "excellent". With David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell. When the Doctor reads Reinette's memories, in some views, his left ring finger is above her ear and in others, it is below her ear. Reinette calls into the fireplace again, yelling that this was the night he promised to show up. He has just come back from the dead, and has begun to see life in a new perspective. 49 mins Available for over a year. There was good acting from Sophia Myle who well cast in the role of Madame de Pompadour. 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. It consisted of twelve stories and fourteen episodes. On the other hand, the Doctor seems quite reconciled to taking the "slow path" with Reinette. He traces the noise to Reinette's bed and has a look underneath. The Doctor discovers a horse that stepped through a time window; he names it Arthur. It teleports away before the Doctor has a chance to disassemble it. Format: , Ross Ruediger from Slant Magazine wrote that the episode "may be the crowning achievement" of Doctor Who's second series. Directed by Hettie Macdonald. (, Before they are attacked by the clockwork droids, Rose and Mickey briefly discuss the women with whom the Doctor has had relationships, including. Directed by Euros Lyn. Tennant's head was superimposed upon that of the stunt rider in post-production. While complaining about Rose and Mickey wandering off, the Doctor remarks that there could be anything on the ship; round the next corner, he finds a horse, of all things. David Tennant, unusual amongst other Doctors, began and ended on special episodes, not regular ones. It can also be purchased on iTunes. The Doctor Foster ending was indeed theatrical and dramatic, as claimed by … Mickey comes to inform Rose that the Doctor has found the correct time window. 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.. Initially, the programme's staff considered the use of special effects but realised this would be very expensive and rejected the idea. Production code: The Doctor tells Reinette not to worry as it's a nightmare; even monsters have nightmares. The Doctor has shown a resistance to temporal effects and has demonstrated telepathic ability, both the ability to mentally connect to other incarnations of themselves they have encountered (The Five Doctors), and an ability to enter into the memories of other individuals ("The Girl in the Fireplace"). In reality, it was a hoax, but Davies hoped to give it a sinister past. Companion(s): The Doctor states the portals to 18th century France are.  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. , 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. Once on the other side, the Doctor turns back to look through the fireplace at Reinette. When Mickey comments that the Doctor said they were supposed to be in the 51st century, the Doctor explains that the excess of power can "punch a hole in the universe" and they just found it. For their first trip with Mickey, the Tenth Doctor and Rose end up on a spaceship in the future that contains several portals to pre-Revolutionary France. Once back in the TARDIS, the Doctor tries to act nonchalant. The Doctor tells her that the smoking pods are empty, so that's not it. They do and the doctor makes notes of the nosebleeds, as well as the stomach cramps he imagines having once a month. Original theme music by Ron Grainer That episode has the Doctor facing off against a viral infection called The Flood. Even stranger is that it smells like somebody is cooking. The Girl in the Fireplace was the fourth episode of series 2 of Doctor Who. As she continues, she hears the Doctor's voice approaching, singing; she tries to continue the threat much to her increasing confusion. The episode was filmed in England and Wales in October 2005. He stops the other droids with a lever on a nearby console. He warns Rose and Mickey not to go looking for it and returns to Reinette's bedroom. Production order 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. In the letter, Reinette tells of her love for the Doctor and how she fears that she may never see him again as her body weakens. Rose mentions that Reinette is a pre-Revolutionary France "Camilla" - referencing Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Thus, the elements of the Doctor riding through the mirror, the horse, the mirror breaking and the reactions of the extras in the ballroom had to be filmed separately and then composited together with chroma key. The final rating for the episode was 7.90 million, making it the thirteenth most watched programme on British television that week. The Doctor discovers that the androids plan to open a time window to Reinette's life at the age of 37, believing that her brain at that age will be compatible with the ship. And just why she needed the Doctor … When he asks Reinette how she managed that, she says, "A door once opened may be stepped through in either direction." The Doctor cannot enter the time window without being stranded in the 18th century. Despite Rose's protests that the Doctor will be furious, Reinette rushes into the spaceship and hears her own screams from the future as the Doctor fixes an audio link to the window. 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.  The scenes on the spaceship, which were shot by the second unit, were also filmed in Newport. The Girl in the Fireplace. 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. By this point, even Mickey can see that all is not well. Reinette notes that she sees a lonely childhood, had by the Doctor; this shocks him, as she's only called him Fireplace Man until now. In the original script, it was that the "mind meld" with the Doctor is what actually attracts the clockwork robots to Reinette. Tenth Doctor 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. Due to its experimental nature, The Girl in the Fireplace was shifted in the running order from second to fourth episode in the series. , Two horses were used in the episode; one was used for the scenes in close quarters on the spaceship, and another for jumps. Rose sees a Clockwork Droid coming up behind Mickey and tries to warn him, but he is seized by the droid, which injects him with a sedative. It is implied that the clock on the mantle in Reinette's room was broken not by a, The Doctor had encountered (unrelated) clockwork robots before in, The Doctor managed to convince a crowd of his skill at the harp once, at first without playing a single note, later playing it, albeit briefly. " 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. He activates the spinning fireplace to pull the creature back into the ship, where he freezes it with a fire extinguisher. "The Pyramid at the End of the World" received generally positive reviews from television critics. 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".  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. While inspecting the fireplace, the Doctor notices her mantle clock is broken and goes "Okay, that's scary". 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!). Remember, however, that this list only gives the first year in which an episode from a series was broadcast. The king simply says "quite right" and the Doctor leaves without another word. Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS. In order to allow the Doctor some time alone, Mickey suggests that Rose show him around the TARDIS and leads her away. The words seem innocuous enough, but the king's tone hints she has not just gone on a simple trip.  Metro said the clockwork androids were one of the "most memorable villains" while The Guardian's Daniel Martin said, "The Girl in the Fireplace" is "one of the most acclaimed episodes from the Davies era". Rose, Mickey 171 It is Reinette who suggests that there might yet be a way back for him. Fifty-two people across the world in eleven different time zones die at the exact same time. This story is available for streaming via Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. Against the backdrop of the first moon landing, the Doctor and his companions must solve the mystery of the aliensand the little girl. She brings him to a room with a bed covered with flower petals and shows him the fireplace from when they first met. The Doctor is forced to leave, but promises Amelia he will return in five minutes. 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. The Doctor notes that the creature has been scanning Reinette's brain and asks it why, but the creature only answers questions asked by Reinette. 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. The, This is the second time the Doctor has used an "anti" substance to disable an enemy. Swallowing hard, he puts the letter back into his pocket; no tears fall, but there is anguish in his eyes. Some … He flips a switch on the mantle to rotate the fireplace into Reinette's bedroom, which is peaceful save for a rather loud clock. This error happens several times. The Doctor explains the windows to Reinette's life are all over the ship. Moffat said that he added the dialogue because he believes that because the Doctor does not tell even his closest companions his name, there must be a "dreadful secret" about it. Series 2, Episode 4 Several additional time windows are on the ship which lead to different moments in Reinette's life. The Doctor finds that the fireplace is operating and uses it to return to the spaceship. Once he is sure they are gone, the Doctor pulls the letter from his pocket and slowly unfolds it. For their first trip with Mickey, the Tenth Doctor and Rose end up on a spaceship in the future that contains several portals to pre-Revolutionary France. When asked what about, the Doctor yells with a smirk: "me!" His friends have left him, his girl has married some one else, assuming he is dead, and right now he is not really sure what to do with his life. The Doctor notes she sounds like her mother, before going about how he accidentally invented the Banana daiquiri a few centuries early. When the King of France meets the Doctor for the last time, he claims that Reinette was 43 when she died, when in actuality, she died when she was 42. Despite his business-as-usual demeanour, Rose senses that he is in pain. In fact, For the purposes of this list, "Series 4" is considered to be the. The Doctor explains to the droids that they are no longer needed. 1x45-minute Episode Reinette senses the Doctor's presence, but he hides. How Doctor Sleep’s Book Ended. This particular T-shirt, a limited edition, could be obtained either by subscribing to the British Nintendo Official Magazine or by being purchased at selected GameStation outlets. Mickey, on a table next to Rose, has received the same treatment. 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. They ask about the horse, which the Doctor calls Arthur. As the episode ends, the lifeless ship drifts through space; its name is SS Madame de Pompadour. In 2015, it was released by BBC Worldwide on BitTorrent and iTunes, in. The Doctor returns to Reinette, but finds that seven years have passed for her and she has died. "GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE" was a very good Dr. Who episode. After quickly greeting his very relieved companions and rushing them into the TARDIS, the Doctor turns back to get Reinette.  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". She also says that it is "more than just a secret", but does not elaborate further. Time travel by use of mirrors was based on the principle that mirrors reflect light and time travel is moving faster than light. The, The Doctor has previously been at a masque. Shannon Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel), https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/The_Girl_in_the_Fireplace_(TV_story)?oldid=3051000, Pages with inline Wikipedia links that correspond to pages at Tardis. New Doctor Peter Capaldi thinks back to 2006 episode "The Girl in the Fireplace". 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. "Give me two minutes," he tells her before hurrying to find Rose and Mickey. 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. However, when he rides the mantle around again, she is not there. It identifies as Repair Droid 7 and the ship encountered an ion storm which caused 82% systems failure. 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