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
Doctor Who rewatch: Silence in the Library, 4.08
Quick note re: the casting of Alex Kingston on Arrow—they’ve also cast Colin Salmon, who played Dr. Moon in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, as Oliver’s stepfather, Walter. Fans for sure!
SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY.
He has a completely different face from the one she knew, yet his eyes tell her he’s younger than she’s seen him?
Because he doesn’t know as much in his 10th body than he does in his 11th body. And the Ponds haven’t happened yet. The Ponds can change a man.
“I live for the days when I see him, but I know every time I do, he’ll be one step further away.” -River Song
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
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From Doctor Who Series 4: Silence in the Library