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? All they have is one warning - count the shadows. Written by Anonymous

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According to Steven Moffat, the squareness gun used by Professor River Song to help the party escape from the impending Vashta Nerada is intended to be the same sonic blaster that was used by Jack Harkness in the episode Doctor Who: The Doctor Dances (2005). Moffat suggests that it was left in the TARDIS after Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways (2005), and taken by River Song in the Doctor's future. The name "squareness gun" was coined by Rose in the earlier episode. See more »

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When the Doctor and Donna are running down the corridor with the lights that are switching off, and Donna kicks open the door, you can plainly see that when they relax, there is still a crack of light coming through the door, indicating that there was no need to run in the first place. See more »

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[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 Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Moffat steers the series back on track with a corking first parter
31 May 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Just as my interest in this latest series was starting to wain, writer-extraordinaire and future saviour of "Who" Steve Moffat delivers the goods with the two-part "Silence in the Library".

Moffat does creepy very well and although I'd encountered the most terrifying element of this first parter in similar form in an early copy of "Hellblazer", the shocks are original and chilling.

The cast includes the delightful Alex Kingston as the mysterious future-friend of The Doctor and Colin Salmon as the Earth-bound psychologist.

A complex, intriguing episode, I'm waiting with baited breath to see how things conclude next week.

9 out of 10.


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