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Published on July 9th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Behind the Silence

Giving children nightmares and causing no small amount of chin stroking by everyone else- Series Six of Doctor Who would have been a lesser place without the calculating menace of The Silence – who you can learn more about in this exclusive clip from – taken from the Doctor Who Series 6 – Part 1 set which is to be released on the 11th July.

The clip taken from the Monster File extra from the DVD/Blu-ray release shares the secrets behind making the Silence, a collaboration between Head Writer Steven Moffat and Millennium Effects guru Neill Gorton.

Taking their influence from Edward Munich’s iconic painting The Scream – The Silences’ party piece became the high pitched cry – right before they decimate you to atoms:

“It’s all very well that you can’t remember them and they’re everywhere, but they needed to have a superpower that was scary, intimidating and utterly horrific. The way they kill is to borrow the static energy around them, draw it in and fire that energy out in one giant bolt into the heart of the person that they want to kill, and that just completely wipes them from the face of the Earth.”

Chilling or thrilling? A scare too far or a much needed threat? What ever your opinion of The Silence no-one can fault the brilliant iconic design work that has gone into creating one of the series most effective foes…

Doctor Who Series 6 – Part 1 is available to pre-order on DVD from Amazon for £15.93 and will be released on the 11th July.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to Behind the Silence

  1. avatar ChrisL says:

    In the interests of accuracy, and also to continue in my role as annoying pedant, I’d just like to point out that the artist responsible for “The Scream” was in fact Edvard Munch and not Edward Munich as stated.

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