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
The concept of downloading human consciousness as data - even after physical death - and the philosophical issues surrounding this is an issue being addressed by futurists in real-life, with scientists such as Ray Kurzweil speculating that technology will allow the uploading of consciousness to computers within a generation in his book, The Age of Spiritual Machines. See more »
[the shadows are advancing]
Don't play games with me! You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand! I'm the Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the Universe. Look me up.
[the shadows stop advancing, pause, and shrink rapidly]
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"Forest of the Dead" ends Steven Moffat's two-parter for this series of Doctor Who with a bang, providing plenty of laughs, scares, tears (of both sorts) and surprises. What is especially striking about Moffat's writing here is that he manages to take an ending that is UNBELIEVABLY hokey on paper and turn it into some of the most effective, stunningly well-written drama on modern television. It is simply remarkable.
The developments in the story in this second part are brought to life wonderfully in terms of production design and especially direction with Euros Lyn being on top form here. The acting is superb all around with Catherine Tate showing off her dramatic chops and David Tennant proving once again that he is a remarkable actor. My only small complaint is Murray Gold's score. Very predictable, very over-the-top, and just not right. I hope Moffat will find a new composer when he takes over.
It appears that the Doctor's relationship to River Song was romantic. Could this be part of a Moffat 'straight agenda' for Who? Yes, that's a joke, but think about it- in every last one of his stories he's had a romantic element in the script. Sally Sparrow met two men who loved her in "Blink", "The Girl in the Fireplace" saw the Doctor and Madame du Pompadour getting along quite nicely, and "The Empty Child" had a sub-plot with Captain Jack and Rose finding numerous ways to flirt with each other. I don't think we'll be seeing an asexual Doctor when Moffat takes over and I definitely don't think he will handle this change poorly given his track record. Let's hope for a decided lack of another 'pining after the Doctor' companion.
Just a remarkable, fantastic 90 minute story from Mr. Moffat. Brilliant.
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