in the Library / Forest of the Dead - Guest Reviewed
I wonder if Steven Moffat likes two-part titles for two-part stories.
I suppose what annoys me more than the fact they exist is the fact that
fans seem to be unable to refer to the story by the title of part one alone,
for fear of confusion in the anal little world of Getting Everything Right.
Just like it annoys me that there's this bloody-minded insistance on writing
Doctor Who And The Silurians. It's just a mistake, okay? Accept
it, and remove the "Doctor Who And" from the beginning! No-one
will get confused if you leave it off, honestly!
And if certain fans are so hung-up the rule of What's On Screen Must Be
Right, then why are so many fans sensitive to calling the Time Lord "Doctor
Who"? They should go and look at the title of episode five of The
So why will this story forever be referred to as "Silence in the
Library / Forest of the Dead"? Thank God we don't have to talk
about a story called "The Nightmare Begins / Day of Armageddon
/ Devil's Planet / The Traitors / Counter Plot / Coronas of the Sun / The
Feast of Steven / Volcano / Golden Death / Escape Switch / The Abandoned
Planet / Destruction of Time". It's a bit of a mouthful.
Anyway I digress. Mr Moffat's feelings on two-part story titles are just
one of many things I wondered as I watched this story, knowing it was written
by the man who would be in charge of the next full season of this marvellous
Everyone has waited with trepidation to see if the new man in the hot seat
would continue to look like the best candidate in the world to take over
When Moffat has brough on both previous "normal" episode was sense
of excitement and mystery as the Doctor and companion explore their new
surroundings. Despite other writers attempting the same traditional Doctor
Who format of finding something wrond and then investigating, Steven Moffat
maintains the level of suspense far better and makes the mystery far more
confusing, and therefore mentally stimulating.
He also constructs a puzzle and provides clues. I started to fathom that
the girl was in a digital world, and that "saved" was a computing
reference quite early. But other people I know were not so quick off the
Next episode - Midnight
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