The Silence are an overarching menace that has been present yet never seen..that is until the new Series of Doctor Who kicks off from next week!

But perhaps you’ve seen The Silence before ..without even realizing it?

Head past the Whojump for more intriguing details on the mythology of The Silence from Matt Smith and Steven Moffat. (spoilers on the concept of The Silence).

Speaking in the Daily Mail, Smith had this to say about The Silence:

‘They are pretty repulsive, but it’s their history that will really chill people. They could turn up anywhere and everywhere, and they’ve been undermining and controlling us for thousands of years but we don’t realise it.

‘And yet, here they are — for the very first time — made flesh in front of our eyes.’

And if The Silence looks familiar to you, it’s because they’ve been around for more than just a hot minute, according to the man who imagined them up – exec producer Steven Moffat:

‘Humans will have been subconsciously aware of The Silence for many centuries and that awareness will have manifested itself in paintings such as The Scream.

It’s clever story-building like this that makes Doctor Who such a joy to experience. By seeding the Silence mythology over time and actually using the ‘real world’ to enhance their back-story – that’s just cool!

I wonder what caused the ‘Silence’ to be caught ‘Screaming’ in the famous painting by Edvard Munch? Interestingly enough, Munch described his inspiration for the image as follows:

I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

“An infinite scream” – explaining why Smith offered the following description in an earlier interview:

”They’re also very clever and I love the fact they’ve been silently working since the dawn of time to make The Doctor come unstuck.”

Tell me I’m not the only one excited for the new series? :)


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  1. Page 48 says

    You’re definitely not the only one in a lather.

    2011 brings us a fresh slab of “Torchwood: Miracle Day” squeezed between 2 freshly baked slices of “Doctor Who”. Ha, pinch me, I think I must be dreaming. That’s more Whoverse than we’ve had in years.

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  2. says


    It’s gonna be a treat, that’s for sure. And with ‘Torchwood MD’ in there, the DW ‘split season’ might not be too unbearable.

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