Saturday, May 18, 2013

Doctor Who-Forest Of The Dead

                          Donna Noble finds herself in a hospital looked after by a man named Doctor Moon. In a whirlwind she finds herself married and with children. Though she doesn't know what is transpiring around her. Meanwhile she receives a note from a black clad,dusky visitor telling her to met them in a nearby park. Meanwhile inside the library,the doctor and the surviving archaeologists struggle to figure out exactly what is going on   when one of them named Anita finds herself with two shadows-forcing the doctor to put up the shielding to keep away the remaining Vashtra Nerada. When Dave's corpse arrives to confront them,the doctor reminds them they can communicate with him through the neural interface inside the suit that holds in the memory patterns of those wearing it. It is when this is successful that they reveal that,while forest dwellers on their world,they've come to see the library as their forest,their hunting ground and they inhabit the pages of all the books stored them. That is when the doctor comes to a vital conclusion about what has happened at the Library. The dusky figure,by showing Donna how all the children in her new world look exactly alive, that it is not real. She is in fact the physically mutated-restored unlike Donna in an incomplete fashion,of Evangelista-who has gained only great intellect by what has actually happened. The explosion that bought the Vashta Nerada to the library created a catastrophe that reacted as any computer would in a time of danger: stored the population and anyone else in danger from the Vashta Nerada's invasion as date patterns within its massive hard drive. 

              Donna,extremely protective of the new family she'd always desired,is as equally frightened of the red sky that is appearing as the doctor is attempting to restore the hard drive to normal and restore the lives of all the stores library patrons. Yet in this stored world and the real one the word CAL continues to come up. When the doctor and the team arrive at the date core of the library,the find the face of the little girl he'd seen on the viewer earlier. Apparently CAL stands for Charlotte Abigail Lux,the youngest aunt of Dr.Lux,who died young and whose mind was left as the guardian of the library out of her love of books. Yet someone will ave to enter into the data bank itself to stop the Vashta Nerada from using the surviving patrons as bait and give it extra energy to continue. The doctor volunteers but River Song knocks him out volunteering herself-claiming he cannot die,but she must because he already knew her fate when last she saw him. She is successful and all of the library patrons,including Donna are restored. Before departing the doctor realizes River stored herself in her own sonic screwdriver to be implanted into the data core-where upon arrival she reunites with the deceased members of her archaeological team and three children of her own.

                Of all the tenth doctor stories,this and its predecessor very much follows the similar epic time/space tale that would manifest itself in The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang story line for the 11th doctor some years after this.  It interestingly enough presents a possible theory for the afterlife-a more optimistically toned take on the idea that Hollywood had already introduced by this time in The Matrix: the idea of people being stored as a computerized data stream and living in that alternate reality. Though here,the story is presented as one about saving lives rather than battling evil forces-that is,aside from the predatory Vashta Nerada. The doctor begins to understand more how River Song relates to him here,as she reveals in a whisper we don't hear that she knows his real name. This apparently would be known to someone who would have an extremely significant relationship to him. Which is why,after this revelation,he is forced to allow her to sacrifice herself. This contrasts with Donna's need for family relationships and children while saved in the library's hard drive as well.
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