Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Girl in the Fireplace

This is the fourth episode of Series Two.

Where does this fit?

This happens immediately after the previous story, School Reunion

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The tenth Doctor wears a brown pinstripe suit with trainers. He is much more jovial and good-humoured than his ninth incarnation, appearing to have largely recovered from the mental scars of the Time War. He does, however, have a hard edge to his personality, being the sort of man who doesn't give second chances.


Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London 2005. Before meeting the Doctor Rose lived with her mother, Jackie Tyler, on a council estate and had a boyfriend called Mickey Smith. Her father, Pete Tyler, died when she was a baby.

In Rose she worked in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store and saw him blow it up. Rose then helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS. In The End of the World the Doctor upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.

Rose took some time to get over the Doctor's regeneration from his ninth to his tenth incarnation in The Parting of the Ways the 2005 Children in Need Special, and The Christmas Invasion.

Mickey Smith is Rose Tyler's boyfriend. In Rose he was captured by the Nestene, witnessed the Doctor and Rose defeating the Nestene, saw the inside of the TARDIS, and was there when Rose departed with the Doctor. Because he had trouble adapting to what had happened the Doctor took a dislike to him. During the year Rose was missing Mickey did a lot of research into the Doctor and his impact on human history. He met the Doctor and Rose again in Aliens of London/World War Three when he helped the Doctor and Rose defeat some aliens called the Slitheen. He gained the Doctor's respect and was willing to wait for Rose's return.

In Boom Town he and Rose effectively split up. Although Mickey was still hopelessly in love with Rose he knew that the Doctor would always come first for her. Unfortunately for him Rose didn't really take in what he was saying about how he wanted her to come back for him. In School Reunion Mickey asked the Doctor if he could join him on the TARDIS.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Madame de Pompadour Madame de Pompadour was the mistress of King Louis XV of France in the 18th Century. You don't really need to know anything about her to follow this story.

King Louis XV Louis was king of France in the 18th Century and took Madame de Pompadour as his mistress. You don't need to know anything else about him to follow this story.




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