Doctor Who - Silence in the Library / Doctor Who - Forest of the Dead
episode 4.8, 4.9
Phil Collinson, Russell T.Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Euros Lyn
starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon, Eve Newton, Mark Dexter, Sarah Niles, Joshual Dallas, Jessika Williams, Steve Pemberton, Talulah Riley, O.T.Fagbenle, Harry Peacock, Jason Pitt, Eloise Rakic-Platt, Madeleine Rakic-Platt, Alex Midwood, Jonathan Reuben
written by Steven Moffat, music by Murray Gold
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Donna Noble
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Doctor Who (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) visit a library
planet that seems to be totally deserted - until an archeological
expedition arrives, led by professor River Song (Alex Kingston), a woman
who trusts the Doctor implicitely right away, even though he has never met
her - and as it turns out they are lovers in his future but her past. Now
that would be the basis for endless discussions, but there are more
pressing matters at hand, like shadows attacking and eating up people ...
As if that wasn't bad enough, it turns out that the library planet
only exists in a girl's (Eve Newton). head, and soon enough, Donna is
teleported away from the library and into the girl's world, where a
psychologist (Colin Salmon) cures her from her visions of the
library, her past life and everything, and before you know, it, she has a
husband and children and leads a happy quiet life. Until one day, a woman
(Talulah Riley) killed by the shadows visits her and opens her eyes to the
In the meantime, the Doctor, under constant attack from the
shadows, has figured out what is going on: The girl who thinks she has
only imagined the library is actually a computer who has, when the
shadows' attacks began, sucked all of the library's visitors into its
system and created a virtual reality for them - a virtual reality that's
presently about to collapse. And somehow, the Doctor also finds a way to
save the computer system, bring all the people caught in there back to
(real) life and do away witht he shadows ... thing is, the rescue mission
will cost a human life ... and of course, the Doctor is more than willing
to give his own, but ultimately River song tricks him to sacrifice
herself, since if he dies now, he'll never be able to become her lover ...
writing, the story of this double-episode might sound incredibly
incomprehensible, but for the most part it works just fine on screen, its
complexity working for and not against it. There are quite some flaws in
the plot, admittedly (like what exaxtly happens to the shadows, and what
exactly are they to begin with), but by and large, this is one of the best
episodes from the show's fourth season.