The Girl In The Fireplace
5 May 2006
Sophia Myles (Reinette), Ben Turner (King Louis), Jessica Atkins (Young Reinette), Angel Coulby (Katherine), Gareth Wyn Griffiths (Manservant), Paul Casey (Clockwork Man), Ellen Thomas (Clockwork Woman), Jonathan Hart, Emily Joyce (Alien Voices).
|Written by||Steven Moffat|
|Directed by||Euros Lyn|
|Produced by||Julie Garner and Phil Colinson|
In the court of Versailles the dignitary of France are running for their lives, chased by an unseen pursuer. In one of the court’s rooms King Louis XV warns his mistress Madame de Pompadour that they are under attack by inhuman creatures and must flee. However, his courtesan does not listen.
She points out the broken clock on the mantle before her and claims that soon a man will be visiting Versailles, a man who has watched over her entire life, the only other man she has ever loved. She turns to the fireplace and calls out to the man she claims promised to return and save her – The Doctor…
- Clockwork robots were also seen in the BBC Ninth Doctor novel The Clockwise Man. they were returned in Deep Breath with the Twelfth Doctor (Half Face Man)
- The Doctor talks about bananas being ‘good’ a hark back to the series one episode The Doctor Dances.
- There is no Torchwood reference in this episode, which is understandable since the part of the story taking part in the past predates the creation of
- Torchwood during the reign of Queen Victoria. The official reason is hovewer that the author, Steve Moffat, has not been informed he should include one.
- The scene where The Doctor plays Reinette’s harp is a reference back to The Five Doctors, when the Fifth Doctor experimentally played the ‘Harp of Rassilon’ (Really a fake).
- The Doctor’s comment about monsters having nightmares about him was mentioned again in Love and War.
- This is Mickey’s first trip in the TARDIS as a companion. His name does not appear in the opening credits, the first triple opening credit would not occur until John Barrowman returned temporarily in Utopia the next season, it’s not until A Christmas Carol in 2010 that an ongoing “third companion” receives a credit in the opening.
- In a Production Notes column for Doctor Who Magazine #363 (November 2005), writer Steven Moffat stated that the working titles for the episode were Madame de Pompadour, Every Tick of My Heart and Reinette and the Lonely Angel.
- Sophia Myles and David Tennant started dating after working together on this story, according to an interview with Myles on GMTV (25 April 2006). It was rumoured she carries a “Doctor Who” doll in her handbag. However, their relationship ended in 2007.
- 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.
- Throughout this episode, Mickey wears a T-shirt which has a picture of the Nintendo Entertainment System controller over the caption, “Know Your Roots”. 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. In Doctor Who Magazine #367 Noel Clarke admitted to being a Nintendo fan and to being the owner of a Nintendo DS console. He also comments upon the T-shirt in the commentary which accompanies the episode on the BBC Website.
- Appropriately, Mickey is involved in a video game-related adventure in the spin-off novel Winner Takes All. Mickey also mentions playing a Playstation in The Age Of Steel.
- As seen in The Doctor Who Confidential episode “Script to Screen”, Arthur, the horse, was not allowed to set foot in the ballroom in the climactic scene. The various elements of The Doctor riding Arthur through the mirror (the horse, the mirror breaking and the reactions of the extras in the ballroom) all had to be filmed at separate times and then composited together
- There are many sexual metaphors throughout this episode.
- Reinette asks The Doctor to “dance”, a word used by Moffat in The Doctor Dances as a euphemism for sexual activity. Moffat remarked in the MP3 audio commentary with Noel Clarke that Reinette’s use of the word “dance” was merely done as flirtation, that no sexual activity took place and that the only “dancing” that was done was at the Yew Tree Ball.
- In the commentary for this episode, David Tennant remarked on the “intimacy” of the mind-reading scene and the ambiguity of the scene where Reinette and The Doctor part, the bed in the foreground hinting at seduction.
Radio Times credits Jonathan Hart as ‘Voice of Clockwork Man’ and Emily Joyce as ‘Voice of Clockwork Woman’. The collective on-screen credit reads ‘Alien Voices’.
- Sophia Myles’ dress in the ballroom scene was originally worn by Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George. (The Girl in the Fireplace)
- Reinette is the first non-companion character to kiss The Doctor on-screen.
- The Seventh Doctor used a similar method to read the mind of his companion Bernice Summerfield as he does with Reinette
- The Doctor has previously been at a masque in The Masque of Mandragora.