Doctor Who Review: “The Girl in the Fireplace”

Warning: Spoilers for US viewers!

Doctor Who “The Girl in the Fireplace”

Plot: The Doctor visits 18th-century France and helps Madame de Pompadour fend off aliens. 


  • Interesting spaceship
  • Heh. Mickey’s excitement.
  • Mickey Smith, meet the universe.
  • Interesting way to get from one time period to another.
  • Well that explains the pre-title sequence comment about the Doctor protecting her since she was a little girl.
  • Heh. She lays a pretty good one on the Doctor.
  • Using people to repair the ship. Ew.
  • Look what the cat dragged in: The Oncoming Storm. Heh.
  • Love the tie and sunglasses on the Doc.
  • So they think her 37 year old brain will be compatible to replace their control circuit.
  • Yeah, well I’m the Lord of Time. *snerk*
  • The Doctor forgot about the time slippage, unfortunately.
  • SS Madame de Pompadour. Well that explains that.

Miscellaneous Comments: 

I’d been hearing about this episode from friends and associates both in the UK and US for a while and I was pleased to find that I enjoyed the episode as much as they did. It’s admittedly not the best written episode and seems a bit weak and unfocused as a plot but it was still fun to watch.  

I definitely have noted a more lighthearted trend in the recent Doctor Who episodes compared to the series with Eccleston.

Rating: 7.5/10

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