The Doctor wanders the ship, lost, calling out for Rose, like a child. "Will you stop following me? I'm not your mother!" he snits at the horse, who noses at him. There's a set of white French doors around one corner, and the Doctor opens them: "So this is where you came from, eh, horsey?" The doors open onto a grassy courtyard at Versailles, and the Doctor can see Reinette walking with a companion in the garden. The Doctor smiles and hides behind a fence, because a Doctor with a crush is like the creepiest teenage boy ever. "Catherine, you are too wicked!" Reinette exclaims, and then suddenly turns, as though catching the Doctor out of the corner of her eye. He ducks behind a pillar. Catherine continues: "Oh, speaking of wicked: I hear Madame de Chateneux is ill, and close to death." Catherine and Reinette laugh about how sucky she is, and how devastating it is that she's dying, and the Doctor smiles. "The King will therefore be requiring a new mistress," says Catherine. "You love the King, of course?" He is the King, says Reinette: "And I love him with all my heart. And I look forward to meeting him." Catherine laughs, and again Reinette spins around like she's being watched. "Is something wrong, my dear?" asks Catherine. Reinette thinks, distracted: "Not...wrong, no." The women link arms and continue their walk. "Every woman in Paris knows your ambitions," says Catherine, and Reinette smiles: "Every woman in Paris shares them." They discuss the Yew Tree ball, which the King is to attend, and wander away from the (still creepy!) hidden Doctor.
Mickey is having trouble believing that they saw a real heart; Rose is pretty sure it was totally real. "Is this like normal for you?" Mickey asks her. "Is this an average day?" Rose gets expansive, and maybe a little irritating: "Life with the Doctor, Mickey: no more average days." There's a window, now, with a view into another luxurious room. "It's France again," says Mickey. "We can see France." Rose intuits that they're looking through the back of a mirror; the King enters with two servants. "Blimey, look at this guy!" says Mickey. "Who does he think he is?" And the Doctor walks up behind them: "King of France." He fills them in on his adventures -- and all in a list, they are rad: "Became the imaginary friend of a future French aristocrat, picked a fight with a clockwork man..." The approaching horse whinnies from around the corner. "...Oh, and I met a horse." Who comes trotting into view. "What's a horse doing on a spaceship?" asks Mickey, and the Doctor says the funniest thing in the episode: "Mickey, what's pre-Revolutionary France doing on a spaceship?" He urges Mickey to get some perspective, and says he's noted the windows and doors and gates all over the ship: "On every deck. Gateways to history. But not just any old history..." He taps the glass softly as Reinette enters: "Hers. Time windows...deliberately arranged along the life of one particular woman. A spaceship from the fifty-first century, stalking a woman from the eighteenth. Why?" The Doctor wants to know what it is that makes Reinette special, that time and space could bend around her like this. There's no reason. (There's never a good reason, she's not special, that's the point.) "Who is she?" Long story short: "One of the most accomplished women who ever lived." Rose asks if she's looking to be Queen, and the Doctor, uninterested in explaining the French court, just tells it straight: "No, he's already got a Queen. She's got plans of being his mistress." Rose and Mickey laugh and call her "Camilla." "I think this is the night they met," says the Doctor. "The night of the Yew Tree ball..." As they watch Reinette spruce and preen, Rose shakes her head: "Queen must have loved her..." The Doctor assures Rose that she did: "They get on very well." Mickey, stuck on this again: "The King's wife and the King's girlfriend?" France, the Doctor says: "It's a different planet."