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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Super Episodes!
People who gave this a 1 star obviously don't know class even if it's thrown in their face! These episodes are very good, clever and scary at the same time!
Silence in the Library: The Doctor and Donna arrive in the biggest Library in the world (called 'The Library'!) and they are given one message 'run and count the shadows'. There are no human life-forms on a...
Published on 6 Aug 2008 by Giles Deacon

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1.0 out of 5 stars Three Rubbish Episodes
These three episodes are by far the worst episodes of Series 4. Forest of the Dead is slightly better than the other two, because it introduces Donna to the alternate world. The other two are almost as bad as Boomtown from Series 1, and Love and Monsters from Series 2. Steven Moffat, the next producer, continues to write over rated drivel. I just don't know the appeal of...
Published on 3 July 2008 by Jill Leddington


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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Midnight episode the best!, 29 Mar 2009
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I really enjoyed this DVD of Doctor Who and I am a fan of David Tennant's doctor! I thought the episodes on this DVD were very interesting and the stories very creative. Midnight was my favorite in particular.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Superb Episodes, 7 July 2008
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 3 [DVD] (DVD)
'Silence in the Library' and 'Forest of the Dead' are intricate, dark, witty, just as you'd expect from the pen of Steven Moffat. And then Russell T Davies goes and tops them with one of the best episodes of Doctor Who in its 45 year history. 'Midnight' is something very special indeed, showcasing a flawless script and wonderful acting, particularly David Tennant and Lesley Sharp.

Television doesn't get much better than this. Well, not until the final three episodes of the series, anyway.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As 'Doctor Who' should be!, 3 July 2008
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These episodes are how I always thought 'Doctor Who' should have come back - gritty, witty, non-patronising, paradoxical and engaging and at a later, more adult time slot! But considering that such quality acting and scripting were shown at thickie-viewer-primetime is an accolade to the production team. Keep going experimental and don't bother trying to appeal to the general public's lack of imagination! Horrahs all round!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars series 4=still going strong, 15 Jun 2008
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S. J. Pinder "scifihorror fan" (Cornwall,UK) - See all my reviews
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3 MORE FANTASTIC EPISODES
SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY-10/10-i found this episode to be very entertaining and deeply intense,which asked viewers plenty of questions and provided the doctor with one of the most brutally fearsome villains he has ever faced...the Veschta Nervada(psychopathic shadows that possess victims bodies)and an excellent cliffhanger.
FOREST OF THE DEAD-10+/10-one of the greatest episodes ever!!!after dealing with the events of the previous episode the Doctor tries to find Donna after being 'saved' and transported to a dreamworld where her life flashes before her eyes...leading to her death!?! can the doctor save her in time?.
Catherine Tate delivers a powerful performance and delivers on all levels(humorous/emotional)...David continues to add depth to the doctor,and the pace of the episode keeps viewers consistently on the edge of their seat throughout...amazing!!!
MIDNIGHT-10+/10-Russel T.Davies delivers us with a scorcher of an episode with another terrifying foe for the doctor to face(one with no form or name and possesses victims)Lesly Sharp provides a terrifying tour de force of a role that lures viewers into the story,while David adds a sense of fear to the doctor and answers the question 'can the doctor survive without a companion?'(Donna is busy sunbathing ha ha)the supporting cast members provide the chills to this episode and again MIDNIGHT is a sheer spectacle that is already a classic episode(look out for an appearance of Rose).
series four has shown to be the best season of the show to date,throwing out excellent episodes every week and genuinely being entertaining and scary at the same time,Tate+Tennant=great television.
with only three episodes to go it looks like series four is going to go out with a bang!!!!(series 4 will be the first season for me to get on DVD!-already on my Christmas wish list:))series 4 has been fantastic all the way through and by far is the most consistent out of the four series' to date...I LOVE IT!!!and so will you.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series 4 disc yet, 22 Jun 2008
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Charles "mrfreedom" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 3 [DVD] (DVD)
This is the best DVD of series 4 yet.

Silence in the Library - the perfect part one of a two part story. So many questions are posed that you're left drooling in anticipation of the second part. The amount of IDEAS in the script is incredible - there's the invisible Vashta Nerada that feast on flesh (an invisible species is not a daft concept: of the 23 different life forms on Earth, we can only see three of them with the naked eye); the nodes that are the remnants of people saved to the library; data ghosts, which are linked to the consciousness and give voice to your last ever thoughts; someone meeting the Doctor before he's met them in his future; and the idea of a planet as the biggest library in the universe. Brilliant, thought-provoking ideas.

Forest of the Dead - even better than its predecessor. What's going on here you don't often get at 7pm on a Saturday night on BBC1. It's extraordinary, highly imaginative stuff. And the IMAGES here - there's the mysterious woman in black; the children in the playground; the sky of Donna's world going red; the walking skeletons in their spacesuits; the planet's vista. Donna and the Doctor are apart for most of the episode and, if anything, Donna's adventures are the more compelling. But it's all superb drama, thoroughly spine-tingling. Some viewers might recognise a few themes from the book The Time Traveler's Wife or from the excellent Japanese film After Life.

Midnight - a mini classic written by head honcho Russell T Davies. Quite unlike any other Doctor Who story ever, it can almost hold its head up in company like dialogue-led examinations of human psychology such as 12 Angry Men or Hitchcock's Lifeboat and Rope. For the episode to work, confined as it is to one small set, the writing, acting and sound engineering have to be top drawer, and here they come up trumps. The idea of having a 'monster' that repeats what you say, then speaks the same words at the same time as you do, is a brilliant one. The actress's performance makes it work: she has the perfect creepy face for the part.

So, in conclusion, another great DVD featuring the best show on television.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring stuff, 9 Oct 2008
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Silence in the Library and Forests of the Dead is an enthralling 2 parter concerned with the terrible vashda nerada. Shadows that have a life of their own and the mysterious River Song all work splendidly to make this a 'must not miss' volume. Midnight finishes it off very well, the Dr scared? Frightened by the potential violence humans are capable of in disturbing conditions, this gives a completely new angle to the Dr's personality. Ripping stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Aug 2014
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Great series
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 13 Jun 2008
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G. Gibson - See all my reviews
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Have only seen Silence in the library and forest of the dead so far but because these episodes are so brilliant this DVD is already worth a buy!!

Silence in the Library=+10/10 This episode really keeps the tension going for the second part. This is also quiet a scary episode but kids would probrably be fine!!! :)

Forest of the Dead=+10/10 This episode is the second part of the silence in the library. It is not as scary but is realy action packed and also emotional, best in disk so far . . .

Midnight=+10/10 This episode is a brand new turn for doctor who!!! The episode does focus on the doctor with this being the Donna-lite episode.The episode is the scariest in the series (not as scary as blink but just as good!!)

Overall I would highly recommend this to any-body who hasn't watched doctor who as a starting point in their collection. For anyone else BUY IT, UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE BOX SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Most species have an irrational fear of the dark, but it's not irrational.", 18 Jun 2008
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Doctor Who has really reached it's stride now with the excellent two parter `Silence In The Library' and `Forest Of The Dead'. Steven Moffat once again delivers one of the best Who scripts and a premise guaranteed to send chills down your spine.
The Doctor and Donna arrive at the Library Planet only to find no-one there, despite the fact that the computer says there are billions of life signs and he'd received a message on his psychic paper to come. They discover shadows where there shouldn't be any and the Doctor deduces that there is an infestation of Vashta Narada, creatures that live in shadow and devour flesh.
When a team of archaeologists, led by River Song, arrive to find out what happened here a century ago they all find themselves in danger. However, Song knows the Doctor, and knows him well. It appears as though she is a companion, or will be a companion of his, some time in the future. When members of the teams start dying, they are in a race against time to escape before they are killed in the shadows.
As well as all this, a young girl is seeing the library in her dreams and on her television set. She interacts with our team at various points, both helping and hindering them. Is the library all in her head, is it telepathic communication, is it a dream or collective consciousness? The plot is so well crafted and leads to a great cliff-hanger that you can forgive the shaky start to the whole series for getting us to this point. The resolution is satisfying but in the second part there really is no doubt as to who Dr. Song is. Hopefully we'll see more of her in future episodes.
The segments with Donna go on to long. I know they're trying to show Tate's range as an `actress' but the story was not as engaging as the Doctor's plight in the Library.
The disc ends with `Midnight', a clever and nicely written self contained episode which is reminiscent of the classic `Lifeboat'. The Doctor and Donna arrive on the dead planet Midnight to enjoy a break at a resort. The Doctor goes off on a `bus' tour across the surface to see the sapphire waterfalls. When the vehicle breaks down and a strange hammering is heard outside where there can be no life, one of the passengers seems to be possessed by an unknown life-force.
This is a great examination of the human race through he Doctor's eyes and the paranoia and weirdness factor of the plot are very high. The enclosed set enhances this and it's a good piece for Tennant to showcase his acting abilities. The story is helped by the distinct lack of Ms. Tate as if she were aboard it would've devolved into the `angry Donna' bit almost immediately. See if you can spot Rose in this one and I don't mean in the trailer for `Turn Left' at the end.
Of the discs for season four that have been released so far, this is definitely the best and gets us ready for that oh-so-dramatic three part season finale coming next. Enjoy!
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moffat, and Lyn triumph again two years later!!!, 23 Jun 2008
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Mr. Jack Gray "jackmaster" (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 3 [DVD] (DVD)
"Silence In The Library", and "Forest Of The Dead", marks a welcome return for Director, Euros Lyn after a two year absence, and what better than to team up with partner in crime, and successor to Russell T Davies, Steven Moffatt who won a Hugo Award with, "The Girl In The Fireplace", in 2006.

These two episodes are, I have to say are the best you're likely to see in this series, and Alex Kingston who plays River Song is absolutely outstanding, and Moffats' simplistic idea for shadows as monsters are a masterstroke, but what really makes this two-parter compelling to watch is Lyn's direction. He really makes the whole thing gel, and gets the best from his actors making Steven's scripts stand out, and the Vashda Nerada really scared the hell out of me I can tell you.

After the disappointing, "Phoo Action", Euros Lyn's return to Doctor Who is more than very welcome.
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