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 »
I've been a DW fan since the beginning (here in the U.S. this show really blew up big in the 70's with the Tom Baker years. I've always relished in the genius of the writers of this series (where DO they get these ideas from????) and the action and humor of the show. But I don't recall such a brilliant and touching episode as this one in recent memory! It feels almost like a great feature film with the smart and poetic narration by Ms. Kingston. And without spoiling, the subplot between River Song and the Doctor is fascinating to say the least. The ending is as touching and beautiful as anything Steven Spielberg could dream up (remember the end of "E.T."? It is that powerful!). If this episode doesn't win a pile of awards, then something is wrong with the world! Absolute brilliance.
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