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The continuing adventures of The Doctor, an alien time traveler – a Time Lord – from Gallifrey. Together with his companions they travel through time and space in the TARDIS, battling evil where they find it.
Main DetailsCreated by: Russell T. Davies
Based Upon: Original Doctor Who TV Series (1963–1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Filming Locations: Ragley Hall, Tredegar House, Dyffryn Gardens, David Broome Events Centre
Runtime: 45 minutes per episode
Rating UK: 12 / US: PG
Premiered on TV UK: March 26, 2005 on BBC / US: October 20, 2006 on Syfy
DVD Release UK: November 20, 2006 / US: January 16, 2007
Series 2: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Noel Clarke
Other cast members include: Christopher Eccleston, Freema Agyeman, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darrell, Peter Capaldi, Jenna-Louise Coleman
Episodes featuring Sophia Myles
The Girl in the Fireplace (Aired on May 6, 2006)
Directed by Euros Lyn
Written by Steven Moffat
Additional Episode Cast
Sophia Myles, Ben Turner, Jessica Atkins, Angel Coulby, Gareth Wyn Griffiths, Paul Kasey, Ellen Thomas
Madame de Pompadour finds the court at Versailles under attack from sinister clockwork killers. Her only hope of salvation lies with the man who has haunted her dreams since childhood – a mysterious stranger known only as the Doctor.
Sophia plays Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson (often known as Reinette or Madame de Pompadour) who was a member of the French court and the official chief mistress of King Louis XV of France.
During the episode she is visited throughout her life by the Tenth Doctor. Reinette is intelligent and open-minded in her thinking, accepting both the futuristic world and the fact of the Doctor’s non-human nature. She also shows amazing courage and has great compassion for the Doctor, pitying him for his loneliness.
- The weather was appalling for a lot of the day filming, and due to the very intricate nature of costumes cast were not allowed out of trailers or the set before a crew member ensured they had umbrellas bought to them.
- Sophia’s gold and jewel encrusted gown in the final ballroom scene was previously worn by Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George and Jodhi May in Aristocrats (during the scene at the court of George III).
- The Spaceship is designed in the shape of a key.
- The working titles for this episode were ‘Madame de Pompadour’, ‘Every Tick of My Heart’ and ‘Reinette and the Lonely Angel’.
- The real Madame De Pompadour was apparently nicknamed “Reinette” by her mother after a fortune teller claimed that she would someday ‘reign’ over the heart of a king.
- Two horses played Arthur in the episode: one named Bolero was used for close-ups on the spaceship, and another, actually named Arthur, for the scene where the Doctor jumps through the time window.
- This episode was watched by 7.900 million viewers on its original transmission.
- This episode won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
Quotes from Sophia
Birthday message for the 10th anniversary of ‘New Who’
Dear Time Lord, You’re timeless. Happy Anniversary! Yours forever in the fireplace, Sophia Myles
Quotes from Reviews
Tor.com / Teresa Jusino
As Reinette, Sophia Myles infuses her performance with steel and softness, creating a thoroughly engaging character, but it is clear that Moffat’s writing gave her a lot to work with, creating one of Doctor Who‘s most compelling women.
A.V.Club / Alasdair Wilkins
I can’t finish off this review without noting how terrific Sophia Myles is as Madame de Pompadour. She never betrays Reinette’s 18th century origins, yet she plays the character with such passion that she transcends the character’s potentially stuffy historical origins. It’s instantly plausible that the Doctor would be so intrigued by the woman that Myles creates.
Myles and Tennant have fantastic chemistry and their connection feels extremely powerful.
The Consulting Detectives
Sophia Myles is compelling as Madame Pompadour. You have to watch her every movement as she mesmerises us with her beauty and grace. Myles’ depiction of Pompadour makes us sit up and pay attention. This is one strong, intelligent, sexy woman who knows what she wants. Myles’ Pompadour develops through the episode and only an actress of a certain calibre could have pulled this off as successfully as Myles.