Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead ★★★★★

Chilling two-part introduction to the enigmatic River Song (Alex Kingston)


Story 195
Series 4 – Episodes 8 & 9


First UK transmission
Saturday 31 May 2008
Saturday 7 June 2008

The Doctor – David Tennant
Donna Noble – Catherine Tate
Professor River Song – Alex Kingston

Writer Steven Moffat
Director Euros Lyn


Reams of brilliant ideas dovetail here: a library planet; data ghosts; flesh-eating shadows called Vashta Nerada; a child’s virtual-reality world that has “saved” people digitally; the need to resist spoilers… Plus, the Doctor is startled by Professor River Song (Alex Kingston), a future love he has yet to meet but who knows a good deal about him, including his real name.