I may post on this again properly later in the week, as is more usual, but this is a quick one to gush about how fantastic "Silence in the Library" was. Five TARDIS groans, best of the series so far, absolutely no doubt about it. Moffat is a genius! Here's the pre-credit scene again:
Doctor Who is clearly in very safe hands (Steven Moffat to take over Doctor Who). The episode was atmospheric, scary, intriguing, mysterious and there were a few laughs too. The layering of the episode, with the library located in the little girl's mind, the "count the shadows" refrain and Dr River Song, from the doctor's future, with her little TARDIS shaped book. Television just does not get any better than this. And with a great cliffhanger, and a whole bunch of mysteries, and a whole week to wait, it's like being a kid again! Everyone, of course, loved this episode. Nevertheless, pick of the reviews so far is on SFX:
. . . . After giving an entire generation of kids a phobia of statues with last-year’s Hugo-nominated “Blink”, Who showrunner elect Steven Moffat has now guaranteed they’ll also be sleeping with the lights on. The “count the shadows” theme has the same elegant simplicity as “Blink”’s “don’t look away”, and Moffat once again shows he’s a master at mining maximum chill power from an unseen enemy. The Vashta Nerada may be faceless “piranhas of the air” (aside from when they possess a spacesuit-clad skeleton), but no monster created courtesy of special effects could ever be as creepy as those which Moffat implants in your mind. To say they live in shadows all over the galaxy, even on Earth, might seem a little cruel to this planet’s more impressionable kids, but isn’t that what Doctor Who’s supposed to be about? The intriguing parallel plotline about the nameless little girl telling her psychiatrist Dr Moon (Colin Salmon) about the library in her head -or perhaps, as is hinted in the closing scenes, her world is fiction and the library reality - only serves to emphasise the episode’s claims to being the best of the series so far . . .Not easy to choose a favourite clip from this week, but the pre-title sequence is as good as any, and I've stuck that at the top of the post.