So the first episode of Doctor Who that I ever saw was "The Girl in the Fireplace". My friends chose it to show me because of my love for ballgowns. (their plan worked!)
I know a lot of people don't like GITF for various plot reasons, or dislike the DW character of Madame de Pompadour, but I think the episode is very beautiful and poignant.
So here's a what if for "the slow path".
inspired of course by the François Boucher painting of Madame de Pompadour.