Doctor Who in Review: Season Four, Episode #8 – Silence in the Library

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6 Responses

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    Once again, Stephen Moffat crafts a perfect story – he sets his rules, uses them expertly, and never underestimates the audience. Defintely the best cliffhanger in the series so far. The characters are all set up quickly and fleshed out enough so when they start dropping like flies, you really feel for them.GUEST STAR REPORT – Alex Kingston, star of ER, plays the mysterious Professor River Song, and just owns the role from the moment she takes off her space helmet. Steve Pemberton (as Mr. Lux) is the second member of The League of Gentlemen to make an appearance on Doctor Who, with Mark Gatiss writing both The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot's Lantern, and appearing as the titular character in in The Lazarus Experiment. Ironically, the third member of the team, Reece Shearsmith, got his first screen time on one of the Doctor Who tribute videos, P.R.O.B.E. produced by BBV (Mark did one two years earlier). Talulah Riley (Miss Evengelista) also now starts in the New St. Trinians film, based on the Ronald Searle cartoons.

  2. mike weber says:

    A "Trivia" post i did on IMDB about this episode apparently failed to pass moderation – note that the characters' helmets have computer-type cooling fans set in the tops, presumably to keep the actors from roasting inseid.And a "Goof" that they *did* accept – notice that in the shots of the character standing there with multiple shadows, the multiple shadows are seen only in overhead shots – in shots from other characters'; POV they forgot to put in the extra shadows.

  3. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    The cooling fans were a lesson learned from last year's Satan Pit – they had lights in the helmets last year, which looked great, but were very uncomfortable for the actors. They got hot REAL fast.

  4. Neil Ottenstein says:

    Another great episode. I listened to the commentary (Phil Collinson and Euros Lyn) right afterward. They said that they were in a library for 2.5 weeks and used 7000 "books" which were just spines. They jokes that for the nodes the actors put their heads through a urinal. The Shadow triangles were just cardboard. The shadow concept was something that was "easy to write on paper" but difficult to execute (as noted by the goof Mike Weber points out). They mentioned that Steven Moffat is very interested in the mechanics of being a time traveler and so that's why his stories have people knowing each other before they meet, etc. The description for the girl's house was "crushingly ordinary." The location apparently was also used as someone's flat in Torchwood. They thought the flying book sequence was hilarious. There were 20 books they could fire using gas behind them. They wanted to hit the actors, but this was discouraged.The episode actually ran short with the scenes going faster than expected. Steven was asked to write more for a few scenes. As mentioned in the "hints of things to come?" they pointed that was the first sense of foreboding for Donna. As opposed to how the scenes for part 2 were shown on SciFi, in England they were shown after the credits. In previous series they received complaints from showing before the credits and thus giving away that characters survived the cliffhanger.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The dead astronaut looks like an old Scooby-Doo ghost.