Doctor Who Silence In The Library S04E08 (BBC)

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

The Doctor and Donna Noble in the library, which houses all of the books of humanity in the 51st century. It takes over a whole planet. More than a few mysteries are put forth to the Doctor.

Mainly, that all of the inhabitants and visitors to the Library have disappeared. It’s empty. The Doctor meets a friend in Professor River Song, who knows the Doctor in one of his later incarnations. Actually, he met her while he was still in this regeneration. But just like the Doctor, as soon as Song realizes that the Doctor she meets isn’t the right Doctor, she doesn’t reveal much about what happened between them. Song must have traveled with the Doctor, since she knows about Donna Noble and the TARDIS.

The Vashta Nerada are loose on the planet and are eating up people. They are the main enemy. The Doctor says that there are Vashta Nerada on all planets, but there are too many here. The Vashta Nerada inhabit the shadows. They consume a few people on the expedition and take over a space suit. The Doctor mentions that Donna and him are protected in some fashion, probably by the TARDIS.

There is also a little girl who dreams of the library. She is in 20th century Earth, yet she manifests in the Library in the 51st century in a surveillance camera. The Doctor is able to communicate with her. She is told by her psychologist that the world of the Library is real. The one she thinks is real is just a dream.

This was another great episode. This is a great episode for the two part episode arc. My guess is that the next episodes will involve Rose Tyler in some fashion.

During the other serials, the Timelords were alive and well. The Daleks and the Time Lors annihilated themselves during the last great Time War. The Doctor fought in this war and is the only survivor of his race.

Rose Tyler was actually seen at the end of the first episode of this season. Rose was the new Doctor’s first companion back in 2005. She stayed for two seasons before being sucked into another universe. She was seen once again in this episode, on the screen of the TARDIS when Donna was looking at the Doctor’s message to the Sontarans.

There, she finds herself trapped on the parallel Earth albeit reunited with Jackie, Mickey and the alternate Pete Tyler. Later, the Doctor manages to project his image through the last crack between the universes, sharing a tearful farewell with her. He informs Rose that she is presumed dead in the aftermath of the invasion, thus verifying Rose’s soliloquy at the start of the episode “This is the story of how I died”. Rose in turn mentions working with that parallel Earth’s (non secret) version of the Torchwood Institute due to her experience with aliens. Finally, Rose tells him she loves him, even though they denied it many times during the course of their time together. The Doctor begins to reply, getting as far as “If it’s my last chance to say it…Rose Tyler–” before the connection fails.

Rose is back for three episodes this season.

It’s incredible how entertaining these new Doctor Who episodes. Torchwood isn’t anywhere near as entertaining. David Tennant really knows how to portray his character well.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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A young girl is flying through a city. She sees a library. She opens her eyes. She’s in her living room. She’s talking with Dr. Moon. She says that someone is trying to get in. It’s the Doctor and Donna. They burst into the library and lock the doors.

The Doctor and Donna arrive in a 51st century library. A whole planet is taken over by the library. The core of the planet contains the index system. It’s the biggest library in the universe.

The library is eerily silent. The whole planet is silent. They are the only humanoids on the planet. A million million non-humanoids life forms are on the planet, but they can’t see them.

The head librarian has left a message for them. It tells them to run. They have entered. The library has sealed itself. If they want to live, they need to count the shadows.

The Doctor admits to Donna that he was called here by an anonymous message on the Psychic paper.

The lights start to go out. They start to run. This is when they burst into the sealed room. They found a security camera in the place of the little girl. The Doctor tampers with it and it tells him to stop doing this. She tells her father and Moon that others are coming. The library has been breached. This is told to the Doctor thanks to a LED display on the camera which is alive. They find a strange shadow and don’t find anything casting it. The shadow moved. The doors are breached by people in space suits. It’s an archeology expedition.

Dr. River Song tells the Doctor that the library has been silent for 100 years. The Doctor tries to send them away. They don’t want to. The Doctor says that almost all species have a fear of the dark, but they are wrong. It’s something to do with the Vashtan Narada. It’s always been the Vashta Nerada. They are the ones in the darkness.

Song knows the Doctor. She’s got a diary. It looks like the TARDIS. She’s going through it. She asks him about the things of his future. She knows his futureself, but he doesn’t know her at all. She realizes that he’s younger than she’s ever seen him before. They hear a strange phone ringing. It’s ringing in the girl’s flat.

The Doctor activates something. He talks with the little girl. She knows him. He’s in her library. He sees Song’s diary. She tells him that he’s not allowed to see it. It’s against his rules.

As the little girl is playing with the buttons on her TV, books start flying around in the library. A door opens.

100 years ago, the lights started going out. The library sealed itself. It’s taken that long to decode the seals and get back into the library.

Evangelista tries to tell the others about the door that opened, but they don’t listen. She goes through the door by herself.

The last part of the message from the library said 4022 saved, no survivors.

Evangelista screams. The others come running. They find a skeleton. It’s Evangelista. She screamed a few seconds ago. Song says that Evangelista is ghosting. They hear Evangelista’s voice on the com. Song says that it’s a data ghost. A neural relay is included in the communicator. It can hold a person’s memory for a while. As the lights go out, Donna talks with her.

The Doctor requests a pack lunch. He wants to introduce them to the Vashta Nerada.

Dr. Moon tells the girl that her nightmares are real. Only she can save them. The shadows are real. There are people in the library that need to be saved. He knows a lot more about the situation that he lets on.

Song tells Donna that she goes way back with the Doctor. The message went wrong. It arrived before she ever met him. Song knows Donna.

The Doctor says that Vashta Nerada are the shadows, the piranhas in the air. Most planets have them, but only in small clouds.

A man named Dave has got two shadows. The Doctor wants his helmet. He puts it on Dave. Song has got a sonic screwdriver as well. They push the mesh up to 800%.

The Doctor sends Donna back to the TARDIS thanks to a teleporter. She’s intercepted midway.

The Vashta Nerada infiltrate Dave’s suit. They ate him. They make themselves bigger and hunt everyone. Song has also got a raygun, just like Jack Harkness. She uses it to smash a door. They run away from the suit and the Vashta Nerada. She says that she can’t tell the Doctor anything because of the spoilers.

The little girl says that Donna Noble has been saved. Song says that he gave her the sonic screwdriver. The TARDIS hasn’t notified him of Donna’s arrival. Something is wrong. Song knows that the TARDIS is ancient.

The Doctor finds that a robot Node has Donna’s face. It says that Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved. They have to run away. The suit filled with the Vashta Nerada is after them. It’s coming to get them.

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