The Smell of Books, 4x08[requested by: the-dreamer-of-impossible-dreams]
It’s almost like my computer screen it’s the only thing between us
Doctor Who Series 4: Silence In The Library
50 Days of Doctor Who: If you could go anywhere in Time and Space with the Doctor, where would it be?
The Library (pre-infestation obviously)
This is actually a homework assignment for my production design class, we had to draw something in two-point perspective. Of course, when I couldn’t think of anything to draw, I happened to be watching one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes, Silence in the Library. So I ended up drawing this, the Doctor and Donna running from the Vashta Nerada. It’s nothing too fancy (and doesn’t really go with the episode, but whatevs), but I might just clean it up and make it a full painting (gonna add some book shelves and fun stuff, too :D). But for now, here’s the WIP.
River: Pretty Boy, with me I said.
The Doctor: Oh, I’m Pretty Boy?
Donna: Yes. Oh, that came out a bit quick.
The Doctor: Pretty?
Donna: Meh… [x]
Oh. Hello! Sorry to burst in on you like this. Okay if we stop here for a bit?
Watched Silence in the Library again.
SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY
Sshhh! There’s a library full of dark horrors in this week’s Doctor Who, as guest star Alex Kingston gets a creepy introduction to the show…
This article originally appeared in Radio Times for the week 31 May-6 June 2008.
Outside Swansea Library, it’s February 2008 and the sun is bright in a crystal blue sky. But inside Swansea Library… it’s the 51st century; it’s dark, dusty and crawling with shadows. It’s a city made of books. Every book ever written is in here. (Except The DaVinci Code – that’s illegal in the 51st century.) Amidst this Terry Gilliam-esque nightmare stands ER’s Alex Kingston – effortlessly hip in a slim-fitting astronaut’s suit – playing Professor River Song. If Clint Eastwood were a woman, this would be her.
She’s the guest star in Silence in the Library, the first instalment of a two-parter written by Steven Moffat. He recently won a BAFTA for last year’s terrifying episode Blink, in which statues came to life. This time, it’s shadows that bite. “It’s scary stuff,” says Kingston, “but quite esoteric in places. Grown-ups will be scared, too!”
For this scene, David Tennant is on all fours. The Doctor is temping a shadow out from under a desk… with a chicken leg. “Not sure how long I can hold this position,” says Tennant, flinching. “Bit uncomfortable.”
“Try wearing a spacesuit!” teases Kingston. For the close-ups, though, she’s removed her boots. “Why wear boots when your legs aren’t in shot?” she reasons. “After a while, you want to tear the whole suit off. Some days we’ve had our helmets on in every scene. That’s claustrophobic.”
“You’re not listening to this man?”
“Apparently, I am.”
Doctor Who Series 4: Silence in the Library