Silent Runs the Doc

“I can fix that. It’s easy, really.”

Silence in the doorway

Tonight’s part 2 of the Doctor Who premiere was terrific – though to avoid spoilage for those who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll refrain from further comment for now.

For those who have seen episode 2, here’s a prequel for episode 3:

Pirates! Makes one wish for Captain Jack H. to meet Captain Jack S. …

Heading into more spoileriffic territory: if the casting info in this chart is correct, we know which characters will be recurring this season, and in what episodes.

I’ll relegate the chief revelations to the comments section. If you’re spoiler-averse, stay away.


4 Responses to Silent Runs the Doc

  1. Roderick May 1, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    One again, SPOILERS:

    River will reappear in episodes 7, 8, and 13.

    Amy’s younger self (from last season’s first and last episodes) will reappear in episode 8.

    Craig and Sophie (the couple from last season’s “The Lodger”) will reappear in episode 12 (and I assume we’ll see that alien TARDIS again).

    Winston Churchill and the Silence will reappear in episode 13.

    Dorium (the blue-skinned alien who sold River the vortex manipulator last season) will reappear in episodes 7 and 13.

    The mysterious woman who stuck her head out of the disappearing panel in the orphanage in tonight’s episode will reappear in episodes 3, 7, and 8.

    The actress who played the little girl in the spacesuit will not reappear (though I assume the character will, or perhaps already has).

    I suspect we’ll be revisiting not just places but times from last season ….

    • Brandon May 1, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      You can use the more tag to split the post in two, with the spoiler in the second half, which would only be visible to people reading the full post. Then you wouldn’t need to write a comment that’s essentially part of the post.

  2. Mandel May 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    I watched it this morning, and I am impressed how it manages to evoke so much creepy surrealism while remaining squarely an 11th doctor episode. Not as many of Matt Smith’s clever and brilliantly delivered one-liners, but still his personality was intact.

    The atmosphere they create by exploring the central conceit behind The Silence reminds me a bit of the atmosphere of China Mieville’s “The City and the City.” Read it? If not, you ought to check it out. In it, there are two cities that inhabit precisely the same geographical territory. One street or building or even room might be in both cities at once, and the inhabitants of each city live among the inhabitants of the other in as close proximity as they do the inhabitants of their own. However, inhabitants of each city are forbidden from interacting with or even consciously noticing anything or anyone else in the other city. The punishment for doing so it being permanently spirited away by mysterious figures who look like little more than blurry after-images. The juxtaposition of spatial proximity and cognitive distance makes for a similar sort of horror as one feels with The Silence. And, in a brilliant turn, the narrative Mieville sets in this strange, wonderful setting is a noir detective story. Fantastic!

  3. Michael Carabini May 3, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    ….Today were reviewing the second most famous Captain Jack just slightly behind Jack Sparrow is another Captain Jack from the Doctor Who and Torchwood franchises. Captain Jack Harkness is played by John Barrowman in Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood.

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