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Silence in the Library theories

June 2nd, 2008 (10:37 pm)

So, Moffat's doing one of his favourite tricks - setting one important strand of the story off in a side setting that appears to have no connection with the main storyarc. The Girl, her father and Dr Moon certainly provided some of the more fascinating parts of the episode.

So, just imagine... You've got a brain the size of a planet, and suddenly you're all alone with little to do and nobody to talk to for a whole century. So you do what the Toclafane did: you regress yourself to a child, and transport yourself to 21st-century England--only for you, it's just a self-imposed virtual reality. It's a way to stay close to sane and close to happy.

Now imagine you're building the library. Problem with a computer the size of a planet: how can you possibly maintain it? How can you make alterations, or fix problems? You'd need a really powerful diagnostic computer, and you'd need it to be nearby. So you hollow out a great big moon, build it inside that, and and put it in orbit.

The diagnostic computer is simpler, and more stable. It's stayed aware of what's going on, but it let CAL have its fantasy. But now there are lives at stake, so it's projected an avatar of itself into CAL's world to gently pull it back to reality. Naturally, it came in the form of Dr. Moon, psychiatrist.
(spotted on Television WithOut Pity, and so, so much better expressed than I could have done)

That seems the most obvious explaination. However, it's Moffat we're talking about and I don't think it's quite that simple. Around 9:41, you can see CAL inscribed on a briefcase on the floor, and CAL is more of a man's name. I wonder whether the father is meant to be Cal, and The Girl is more of a new system coming online, learning how to operate the system, etc. Literally next generation.

And then there's River Song. Possibly a Time Agent (51st Century, same squareness gun as Jack had), definitely knowing the Doctor in the/his future. However, she doesn't know Donna by sight, but definitely by name, so the Doctor's talked about her to River.

Chances of her surviving next episode though : very low. I really think Moffat's the type of guy who would (and has already, with Reinette!) introduce the love interest and kill them immediately. It's the sort of timey-wimey thing he loves, to have the first time Ten meets River to be the last time she meets him.


Posted by: omegar (omegar)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Dr who 10

I think it is also possible that the young girl is one of the people "saved". Just as a thought.

Also there is little in the episode to indicate song is a time traveler. The journal used would also be used by someone who is interacting with a timetraveller crossing their own timeline.

Still I wonder how much of this will follow up later in the season.

Posted by: Jason Grey (foenix)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)


I love meeting people before they meet, in time travel stories.

Or after they've parted or...

Grah, timey wimey inded.

And I can't help reading some of this post in the voice of the Book from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The BBC version.

Posted by: mymatedave (mymatedave)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)

I think it's possible that the 21C equivalent world is a kind of memory storage device and that's where everyone who's been 'saved' has been transfered too.

But I do see where you're coming from and I absolutely love that timey-wimey is now part of a whofans lexicon to explain the paradoxes of timetravel.

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