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 »
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
There are a number of books in the library that reference previous episodes. Those seen are the operating manual for the TARDIS, Origins of the Universe, (Destiny of the Daleks) The French Revolution, (An Unearthly Child) A Journal of Impossible Things, (Human Nature/The Family of Blood) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (written by Douglas Adams, former Doctor Who (1963) writer and script editor), Everest in Easy Stages, (The Creature from the Pit) and Black Orchid (Black Orchid). See more »
Moments after the first anomalous shadow is noticed to have disappeared but before the expedition team arrives, the security camera The Doctor had been inspecting on the floor in the center of the room disappears. See more »
Close your eyes and tell me what you see.
[fade in to POV of drifting outside and above]
[the Girl looks down, sees herself suspended in the air, drifting above The Library]
Open your eyes again. Where are you now.
[as if this is obvious]
My living room, Dr. Moon.
When you close your eyes...?
I go to The Library.
[we see Dad seated behind Dr. Moon's right, concerned]
Go to The Library now.
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I suppose comparisons between this episode (and its follow up, Forest of the Dead - it's hard to review them separately, so most of my comments here apply to the two as a combined story) and Blink are inevitable given that they're both written by Steven Moffatt, both excellent, and both scary as hell. Even the beginning fragmentary warning "If you want to live, count the shadows" is a bit reminiscent of Blink's "Don't blink, or you're dead".
However, given that Blink tends to be pretty widely regarded as the best Doctor Who episode ever, there are far less promising ways to start a new one than evoking it. And overall, Silence/Forest doesn't come across as derivative at all. Both of them are very fast-paced and alternately terrifying, tragic, touching and funny, but beyond that the themes are very different. This story is a lot more complex and thought-provoking, packing in enough really interesting ideas and twists that even spread across two episodes, it keeps you constantly on the edge of your seat and never drags at all. It also includes some really top-notch performances from some of the cast, particularly in Forest of the Dead.
All in all, one of the best episodes (or pairs thereof) yet, and good reason to look forward to Moffatt taking over the series in 2010.
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