Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 8

Silence in the Library (20 Jun. 2008)

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The Doctor and Donna join a group of archaeologists at a 51st century library. What caused the library to become abandoned? What are the Nodes? And what links the library to one little girl... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Sarah Niles ...
Node 2 (as Joshua Dallas)
Jessika Williams ...
Other Dave (as O-T Fagbenle)
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The Doctor and Donna join a group of archaeologists at a 51st century library. What caused the library to become abandoned? What are the Nodes? And what links the library to one little girl? All they have is one warning - count the shadows. Written by Anonymous

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When the Doctor and Donna are standing on the balcony of Biographies after first arriving at the Library the Doctor snatches a book from Donna saying "Spoilers". This is a major catch phrase of River Song, whom the Doctor will meet for the first time later in the episode and who will become a major character in later episodes. See more »


When the Doctor scans for "any kind of life form" he's surprised to find a million million life forms. Considering that "any" kind of life would include microbes the surprising thing would be that there are so few. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Moon: Close your eyes and tell me what you see.
The Girl: [fade in to POV of drifting outside and above] The Library.
[the Girl looks down, sees herself suspended in the air, drifting above The Library]
Dr. Moon: Open your eyes again. Where are you now.
The Girl: [as if this is obvious] My living room, Dr. Moon.
Dr. Moon: When you close your eyes...?
The Girl: [finishing] I go to The Library.
Dr. Moon: [we see Dad seated behind Dr. Moon's right, concerned] Go to The Library now.
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References Doctor Who: Bad Wolf (2005) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Steven Moffat does it again!
24 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Yes, another excellent story from the ever-inventive brain of Steven Moffat - Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead proves that you can have intelligent science fiction that appeals to the whole family AND which makes you think. No dumbing down required, just a great story, great script and some characters who you really care about. What more could you ask for? My only slight disappointment was with the direction

  • Euros Lyn is a very fine director but I don't feel that his style

suited this kind of story - I would have chosen someone like Hettie MacDonald (director of the excellent 'Blink'), Alice Troughton or perhaps Charles Palmer as they all have the ability to direct 'dark and creepy' stories. Okay, so Euros directed the successful 'The Unquiet Dead' series 1 story, but he was helped a lot by it being set in the rather dark and moody Victorian times.

Anyhow, an excellent two parter nonetheless. Here's hoping that we see more like this in series 5 when Steven Moffat takes over as the show runner.

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