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
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 »
A legendary episode that sets the ground work for many future stories
The Silence in the Library was an utter joy to watch, the conclusion picks up the action immediately.
With the Vashda Nerada in pursuit River Song manufactures an escape. The little girl continues to view the action from her sitting room, Donna is transported somewhere rather random, having a pretty wonderful life, where time passes in an instant. More shadows appear, more victims. Donna receives a note from Miss Evangelista, who convinces her the world she's in isn't real. We learn who Cal is, what her purpose is.......
A very poignant moment where River tells the Doctor something, it convinces him that he can trust her. The look on his face tells a story. Tennant is particularly good in this 2 parter.
Tate once again deserves major plaudits for her acting, the scenes with the kids are acted with pure devastation, she's amazing. Donna's character had developed throughout the series more so then any other companion's I can think of.
Wonderfully scary moments, particularly Donna's meeting with Miss Evangelista, and the subsequent disappearance of the children, the music helps as well.
Donna gets a little bit ousted for the Doctor to start and build his relationship with River Song, but I can't complain, Alex Kingston has been a joy.
It is simply wonderful, a second part equally as brilliant as the first, I can't describe just how good it is.
Did they have to do that to poor Donna at the end with the gorgeous Lee? that was mean.
Scary, adventurous, intelligent, deeply moving, it's perfect. I truly love Series 4, and this is at the heart of its purple patch, more brilliance was to come. 10/10
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