Doctor Who The Girl in the Fireplace (2005– ) HD online
|Episode complete credited cast:|
|David Tennant||-||The Doctor|
|Billie Piper||-||Rose Tyler|
|Noel Clarke||-||Mickey Smith|
|Ben Turner||-||King Louis|
|Jessica Atkins||-||Young Reinette|
|Gareth Griffiths||-||Manservant (as Gareth Wyn Griffiths)|
|Paul Kasey||-||Clockwork Man|
|Ellen Thomas||-||Clockwork Woman|
|Jonathan Hart||-||Alien (voice)|
|Emily Joyce||-||Alien (voice)|
Sophia Myles was David Tennant's girlfriend at the time.
Take a look at the cup the Doctor is holding in the scene where Rose and Mickey are tied up. That is not the traditional wine glass, but one that is based, according to an urban legend, on the shape of the breast of Madame De Pompadour, the lady this story is about.
When the Doctor returns to Mme de Pompadour's room for the final time, the wall behind the fireplace has been painted blue with paler rectangles that resemble the TARDIS and its outer panels.
Steven Moffat was dismayed to discover that the key exchange between Rose and Reinette in which they discuss the Doctor and the monsters had largely been trimmed down to just a few lines. He subsequently convinced Euros Lyn to reinsert the remainder of the dialogue.
Steven Moffat was inspired by Audrey Niffenegger's novel "The Time-Traveler's Wife".
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. David Tennant's head was superimposed upon that of the stunt rider in post-production. Initially, the programme's staff considered the use of special effects but realised this would be very expensive and rejected the idea.
This was planned as the second episode of the 2006 series, however when Russell T. Davies realised how experimental it had become in Steven Moffat's hands, he decided to move it to fourth in the running order between Doctor Who: School Reunion (2006) and Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen (2006).
The clockwork robots originally wore wigs which completely hid their faces in shadow. Phil Collinson was concerned that this would limit camera angles too severely and risked appearing comical, so the creatures were given carnival masks to wear instead.
In the original script, it was that the "mind meld" with the Doctor is what actually attracts the clockwork robots to Reinette. 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.
Mickey mentions to Rose about the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, whom The Doctor had a relationship with in an earlier incarnation. Later, in Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010), River Song pretends to be Cleopatra. Both episodes were written by Steven Moffat.
The working titles for this episode were 'Madame de Pompadour', 'Every Tick of My Heart' and 'Reinette and the Lonely Angel'.
Because the horse was not allowed in the ballroom, Steven Moffat was asked to rewrite the story's climax, and came up with two alternatives: one in which the Doctor is thrown from the horse's back through the mirror (which was felt to be too humorous) and another where the Doctor simply smashes through the glass himself (while the horse is described in dialogue as having retreated to the TARDIS, where it proceeded to void its bowels). After episode writer Steven Moffat threw, in his own words, "the biggest queeny strop yet done on Doctor Who (2005), the effects team did it anyway.
Sophia Myles's gold and jewel encrusted gown in the final ballroom scene was previously worn by Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George (1994) and Jodhi May in Aristocrats (1999) (during the scene at the court of George III).
The actual clockwork apparatus was a working prop, designed by Neill Gorton of Millennium Effects and constructed by Richard Darwin and Gustav Hoegen.
The robots driven by intricate clockwork and mechanical gears are based on self-operating machines called "automatons" which were present in 17th century Europe.
The Spaceship is designed in the shape of a key.
The weather was appalling for a lot of the day filming, and due to the very intricate nature of the costumes, the cast were not allowed out of their trailers or the set before a crew member ensured they had umbrellas bought to them.
Various members of cast found their costumes tight and would eat lunch standing up to avoid costume damage such as lost buttons.
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.
Russell T. Davies came up with the episode while doing research for Casanova (2005).
In a deleted scene, the Doctor met the cruel owner of the horse (Phylip Harries) that gets trapped on the Spaceship; he is trying to find the horse and threatens to hurt it when he finds it.
For the dialogue between the Doctor and the seven year-old Reinette, Steven Moffat drew upon The Virgin New Adventures novel Love And War by Paul Cornell. This was the original source of the Doctor's claim that he is what monsters have nightmares about.
This episode takes place in the 51st Century, 1721, the 1730s, the 1740s, 1753, 1758 and 1764.
Reinette is the first non-companion character to kiss the Doctor on-screen.
This episode was watched by 7.900 million viewers on its original transmission.
In an interview with The Independent, Russell T. Davies said the episode is "practically a love story for the Doctor ... 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."
"The Girl in the Fireplace" won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
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 Doctor Who: Utopia (2007) the next season; it's not until Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010) in 2010 that an ongoing "third companion" receives a credit in the opening.
Jessica Atkins' only acting role.
The episode's script was nominated for the 2006 Nebula Award.
Various VIP people from the BBC visited the set for this episode.
When reading each other's minds, Reinette says 'Doctor who? More than just a secret isn't it'. This theme is played out over the Matt Smith era where Steven Moffat is show runner. He also wrote this episode.
Sophia Myles stated in an interview on Doctor Who Confidential (2005) that she did not have to audition for the role of Madame de Pompadour, she was offered it.
After the Doctor comes back from the ball, he sings "I Could Have Danced All Night", which is from the musical "My Fair Lady".
Two horses were used in the episode; one was used for the scenes in close quarters on the spaceship, and another for jumps.
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 Doctor Who: The Age of Steel (2006).
Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) (TV Series) is speculated to be an influence behind (#2.4). Both The Doctor and Captain Kirk travel back through time to Earth in the past and falls in love with beautiful and important women in those time periods and both stories end with the women's deaths which The Doctor and Captain Kirk regret.
It received an Appreciation Index of 84, considered "excellent".
The horse "Arthur" also appears in the 50th anniversary special "The day of the Doctor" also written by Steven Moffat
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.
An alternate ending would had seen Reinette leave with The Doctor, Rose and Mickey aboard the TARDIS.