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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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 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 »


[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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Count the Shadows
2 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll save my full blown review when the story is complete but as usual Moffat and Doctor Who never disappoints especially with this chiller of an episode providing us with a slew of iconic imagery to go with the already bursting array of memorable moments which this show is notorious for providing.

The first part provides so much beautiful setup for what could be an incredibly striking second part.

We're just gonna have to get used to this when Moffat takes over in 2010.

Bring on Forest of the Dead

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