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Forest of the Dead 

With the library darkening, the Doctor takes on the Vashta Nerada while figuring out what links River Song to his future. Meanwhile, Donna finds out the mystery of Dr. Moon and the Girl.




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Donna finds herself in a world where she is happily married and has two children. She has virtually no memory of what may have happened to her in the Library or anything prior to that in the real world. When she does get a glimpse in her mind of her past life, it is quickly shut down. In the Library itself, the Doctor and Professor River Song try to find out what happened not only to Donna but to the over 4000 people the computer says were saved when the library was shut down 100 years ago. The solution to it all lies in understanding what the computer has been telling them all along. Written by garykmcd

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27 June 2008 (USA)  »

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(50 episodes)

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(Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?


The wedding dress Donna wears in this episode is the same dress she wore in Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride (2006). See more »


The later episode,"The Husbands of River Song" depicts the Doctor's date with River and from her point of view, it takes place prior to this adventure. However, in the former episode, River is aware that she will likely die soon, but here, she does not realize it until just before it happens. See more »


River Song: If you die here, it will mean I never met you!
The Doctor: Time can be rewritten!
River Song: Not those times. Not one line. Don't you dare.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: End of an Era (2008) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The man Moffat does it again....
8 June 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Whenever I think of the future of "Doctor Who" in the hands of one Steven Moffat, I have a warm glow in my heart. Without a doubt, Moffat is one of the most talented writers the series has ever attracted (and a massive talent outside the series). One wonders what delights his "Tintin" script will deliver...

The second part of the library tale manages to trump the first episode. Without going into any details, it's all clever stuff and emotional too.

The cast are splendid and Alex Kingston's River Song adds a whole new layer to the series.

9 out of 10. Fantastic entertainment. Expect a BAFTA, Mr. Moffat...

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