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Forest of the Dead 

With the library darkening, the Doctor takes on the Vashta Nerada while figuring out what links River Song to his future. Meanwhile, Donna finds out the mystery of Dr. Moon and the Girl.

Director:

Euros Lyn

Writer:

Steven Moffat
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Alex Kingston ... River Song
Colin Salmon ... Dr Moon
Harry Peacock ... Proper Dave
Steve Pemberton ... Strackman Lux
Jessika Williams Jessika Williams ... Anita
O-T Fagbenle ... Other Dave
Eve Newton Eve Newton ... The Girl
Mark Dexter ... Dad
Jason Pitt Jason Pitt ... Lee
Eloise Rakic-Platt Eloise Rakic-Platt ... Ella
Alex Midwood Alex Midwood ... Joshua
Talulah Riley ... Miss Evangelista
Jonathan Reuben Jonathan Reuben ... Man
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Storyline

Donna finds herself in a world where she is happily married and has two children. She has virtually no memory of what may have happened to her in the Library or anything prior to that in the real world. When she does get a glimpse in her mind of her past life, it is quickly shut down. In the Library itself, the Doctor and Professor River Song try to find out what happened not only to Donna but to the over 4000 people the computer says were saved when the library was shut down 100 years ago. The solution to it all lies in understanding what the computer has been telling them all along. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC Wales See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
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Trivia

A twist revelation in which Donna's artificial-reality husband, Lee, turned out to be an overweight woman in the real world was excised for fear of being too confusing. See more »

Goofs

(Around 18 minutes) the girl in the playground has blood on her knee but doesn't fall over until later in the episode (around 25 minutes). See more »

Quotes

River Song: You know, it's funny, I keep wishing the Doctor was here.
Anita: The Doctor is here, isn't he? He is coming back, right?
River Song: You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it's from years before you knew them. and it's like they're not quite finished. They're not done yet. Well, yes, the Doctor's here. He came when I called, just like he always does. But not my Doctor. Now my Doctor, I've seen whole armies turn and run away. And he'd just swagger off back to his Tardis and open the doors with...
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Connections

Referenced in Doctor Who: Hell Bent (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Who Closing Credits
(uncredited)
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Possibly The Best Doctor Who Episode Of All Time?
27 June 2008 | by PoppaRotziSee all my reviews

I've been a DW fan since the beginning (here in the U.S. this show really blew up big in the 70's with the Tom Baker years. I've always relished in the genius of the writers of this series (where DO they get these ideas from????) and the action and humor of the show. But I don't recall such a brilliant and touching episode as this one in recent memory! It feels almost like a great feature film with the smart and poetic narration by Ms. Kingston. And without spoiling, the subplot between River Song and the Doctor is fascinating to say the least. The ending is as touching and beautiful as anything Steven Spielberg could dream up (remember the end of "E.T."? It is that powerful!). If this episode doesn't win a pile of awards, then something is wrong with the world! Absolute brilliance.


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