Silence in the Library

First a confession, I am an enormous Doctor Who junkie.  Any given episode of the current series will leave me with a big stupid grin afterwards, no matter how many times I may have seen it.  To my mind it is simply the perfect show, clever, witty, and just full of joy in every frame.  Oh and David Tennant is just awesome.

It has also always been a very literate show, often delving into answering literary mysteries.  Episodes have focused on the ending to the Mystery of Edwin Drood, the fate of Love’s Labours Won, and the 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie.  So it was only a matter of time before the show decided to focus on a library.

And man was this a brilliant episode, but then I would expect no less from Steven Moffat, the show’s best writer.  For one thing the story takes place on a library planet (which may or may not be a creation of a little girl’s imagination).  For another the Doctor makes a point of talking about how well books are doing in the future.  This episode takes place in the 51st century, in which books are more obsolete than ever, but people still can’t properly replicate the feel, smell, and experience of opening a real book.  Oh man was that good to hear.

And then as if that wasn’t enough there were a few gibes regarding copyright legislation and security measures thrown in for good measure.  There’s a brilliant life and death SOS message in the episode that has been redacted via a content filter.  The Doctor is also shown ripping up a contract that would give up the intellectual property rights to his experiences within the library.

Oh and there are killer shadows, and it’s a two parter!  Television just cannot get any better than this.

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