Doctor Who (2005– )
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Forest of the Dead 

With the library darkening, the Doctor takes on the Vashta Nerada while figuring out what links River Song to his future. Meanwhile, Donna finds out the mystery of Dr. Moon and the Girl.


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Steven Moffat

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Alex Kingston ... River Song
Colin Salmon ... Dr Moon
Harry Peacock ... Proper Dave
Steve Pemberton ... Strackman Lux
Jessika Williams Jessika Williams ... Anita
O-T Fagbenle ... Other Dave
Eve Newton Eve Newton ... The Girl
Mark Dexter ... Dad
Jason Pitt Jason Pitt ... Lee
Eloise Rakic-Platt Eloise Rakic-Platt ... Ella
Alex Midwood Alex Midwood ... Joshua
Talulah Riley ... Miss Evangelista
Jonathan Reuben Jonathan Reuben ... Man


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 garykmcd

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


(50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?


The characters Joshua and Ella are respectively named after Steven Moffat's son and his son's friend. See more »


The later episode,"The Husbands of River Song" depicts the Doctor's date with River and from her point of view, it takes place prior to this adventure. However, in the former episode, River is aware that she will likely die soon, but here, she does not realize it until just before it happens. See more »


The Doctor: [the shadows are advancing] Don't play games with me! You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand! I'm the Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the Universe. Look me up.
[the shadows stop advancing, pause, and shrink rapidly]
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Featured in Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008) See more »


Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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2 October 2018 | by holhog-557-666976See all my reviews

Completely and utterly brilliant, the beginning AND the end of a ten year story arc.

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