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Doctor Who Story 171 – The Girl in the Fireplace


Oh, we see the crew before they all die. That was creepy.


This is the first episode where Mickey is officially a companion. I’ve been tagging him in all episodes he appears in as he eventually became a companion. If you look at all the stories, I tag the actors who play the Doctor, Master and the companions (by character name, not actor name).

Okay, this is definitely one of my all time top Doctor Who stories.

Madame de Pompadour screaming out for the Doctor into the fireplace is such a good teaser and then to jump 3000 years later to a spaceship is great.

“They didn’t nip out for a quick fag.” I don’t think you know what that means, Rose.

“That’s the TARDIS, translates for ya.” “Even French?” Oh, the UK.

I really enjoy Tennant’s interactions with young Reinette.

“I’m the Doctor and I just snogged Madame de Pompadour.”

“What’s a horse doing on a spaceship?” “Mickey, what’s pre-revolutionary France doing on a spaceship?”

Moffat was good at planting little bits of mystery to bring it back to Doctor Who, just don’t let him solve any of them.

What’s with Moffat and bananas?

The Doctor is stuck now.

The Doctor should know about relativity, and he shouldn’t have to be too dumb about how he won’t return immediately. If she needed to pack a bag. He should have waited.

Is that the first time that Mickey successfully read the room, by knowing to leave the Doctor alone.

The ending of this episode is perfect.


Nothing to write about, other than Moffat crying because he wasn’t going to get a horse. They gave him a horse.

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