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  • "The Silence" is the seventh episode of the final season of Six Feet Under. It was written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, directed by Joshua Marston and first aired on July 17, 2005.
  • From the CBS Video Library cover: "Wanting only to enjoy a little peace and quiet at his men's club, aristocratic Archie Taylor is infuriated by the endless prattle of fellow member Jamie Tennyson. Taylor makes him a bet: if Tennyson can remain silent for a year, he will pay him half a million dollars. To insure his silence, Tennyson must remain a virtual prisoner in the club's basement. Deep in debt, Tennyson agrees to the wager. Taylor feels sure Tennyson will soon crack under the strain. But as the weeks go by, it becomes increasingly clear that Tennyson is determined to win at all costs. Taylor is desperate to make him speak, but he has no idea to what lengths Tennyson has already gone to win the bet."
  • The Savant Caste fervently adhered to the Sacred Strictures, which was a mantra that educated Savants on how to deny themselves to the Silence. To some magnitude, the Animites were also known to foster a belief in the Silence, although did not consider themselves destined unto it. Those condemned to the Silence were believed to have been prevented from achieving passage to the Coalescence, which was ultimate unity with the Void itself and the revelation of the secrets of the existence, time and the universe.
  • The Silence (Hominus Redivivus Latin: Recycled Man), is a parasitic space-faring organism that converts all infected biomatter into Drones, that then form a hive mind and a collective conciousness. They are a deadly foe and are usually found populating deserted spacecraft, whose occupants more often than not were consumed by the Silence. They can also survive in a vacuum for up to four hours (four months for all Egg types). If you want to create a new article, go to the main page, scroll down a bit and you will find a box with the option create next to it. This will allow you to type in a heading for your new article.
  • The Silence was the time when the whole of Annar was taken over by the Nameless One and was called the silence because the songs of bards were no longer heard in the entire kingdom. During the silence a number of schools of barding were completely destroyed. The main one amongst these was Afinil, it was the most powerful and beautiful of all the schools. it was even more powerful than Norloch.
  • This question was "the First Question, the oldest question in the universe, that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight." Dorium Maldovar told the Eleventh Doctor that the question was: "Doctor Who?", which was a question the Doctor had been apparently running from his entire life. This question was later revealed to be a code word intended to allow the Time Lords to know that it was safe to return to the universe from the pocket realm that the Doctor had placed them in to end the Time War. The Silence feared that if the Time Lords and Gallifrey returned, the Time War would begin anew and the only way to stop this from occurring was to prevent the Doctor from giving his true name to the Time Lords through a crack in time at Trenzalore.
  • The Silence is the seventh episode of the tenth season of Doctor Who. It sees the Doctor and Christina trapped on a ship in the 30th century, where a dark alien group prey on the crew.
  • The Church of the Papal Mainframe enforces a truce around Trenzalore in an attempt to assist the Doctor in containing the situation. It is made clear that if the Doctor speaks his name, the Time Lords will open up and bring Gallifrey back, and then the entire universe will descend upon them and start a brand new Time War. Therefore, the church of the Papal Mainframe changes its faith and becomes the Church of Silence. On the fields of Trenzalore, at the Fall of the eleventh, when no living thing may lie or fail to answer, the question will be asked and silence must fall.
  • The Silence was a provision under the Code of Ammuud that forbade members of the planet's seven clans from disclosing important information regarding the clan's internal affairs and dealings with others to outsiders, even if they were threatened with death. The only circumstances under which a clan member could break the Silence would be in a case where a party with whom they had dealings betrayed their trust. Otherwise, any clan member who broke the Silence would be considered to have broken his or her oath under the Code of Ammuud and became an outcast.
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  • Madame Kovarian, Kovarian Chapter Order of the Headless, The Church, Papal Mainframe,
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  • The Silence
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  • 173
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  • The Silence and Academy of the Question, The Sentinels of History
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  • 1961-04-28
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  • Season 2, Episode 61
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  • Mark Gatiss
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  • HMMS Aragard, 30th century
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  • The Church of the Papal Mainframe enforces a truce around Trenzalore in an attempt to assist the Doctor in containing the situation. It is made clear that if the Doctor speaks his name, the Time Lords will open up and bring Gallifrey back, and then the entire universe will descend upon them and start a brand new Time War. Therefore, the church of the Papal Mainframe changes its faith and becomes the Church of Silence. On the fields of Trenzalore, at the Fall of the eleventh, when no living thing may lie or fail to answer, the question will be asked and silence must fall. One part of the church, the Kovarian chapter, broke off from the church of the Silence and went radical. They chose to approach the situation proactively and thus prevent the Doctor from having ever reached Trenzalore to begin with. To that end, they captured his companion, who'd become pregnant while traveling in the Time Vortex, and replaced her with a ganger duplicate. The ganger was drawn into a series of adventures during this time, with the Doctor slowly becoming aware that his companion had been kidnapped. During and after her pregnancy, the Kovarian chapter performed experiments on her daughter to turn her exposure to the time vortex into full-blown Time Lord-hood. They then sent this child, Melody Pond, to live in an orphanage in America, tended to by the genetically engineered priests of the Silence, who had been on the Earth for thousands of years (since the wheel and fire, at least) driving the human race to the stars so that they would have a power armor space suit to put Melody Pond into. This was pointless because they already came from the future with real power armor and real space weapons to use. The Silence relocated Melody Pond from the spooky orphanage she lived in to a warehouse in Florida, built overtop a proto-TARDIS designed and built by the Silence. The process of being put inside the space suit was so traumatic for Melody Pond that she called up the president of the United States to try and get rescued from it, but it was pointless because she ripped her way free anyways. The president sent Canton Everett Delaware III, the Doctor, Amy and Rory Pond, and Melody Pond to investigate Melody Pond's phone calls. Melody Pond, by now going by "River Song", was pretending not to know what was going on (to avoid causing a paradox), and thus was already actively sabotaging the plan to kill the Doctor. It's possible that this was all part of the plan, because it was during these events that Amy Pond's Ganger was captured by the Silence, tests were conducted on it over the course of a few days, and she was also told to inform the Doctor that she was pregnant, thus leading to the events of her rescue from the Silence by the Doctor. The remainder of the adventure resulted in the Silence losing their foothold in the 20th century when the Doctor used their own powers against them to force them into exile from all human-controlled territory. During this battle, their proto-TARDIS was lost in time and eventually landed above Craig Owens' apartment in Colchester, 2010. As a result of this exile, the Silence were unable to recapture Melody Pond and put her back in the space suit. The half-Time Lord child toddled from Florida to New York, where she regenerated in an alleyway in early 1970. 19 years later, she'd aged 8 years and managed to toddle across the Atlantic ocean, where she enrolled herself in Leadworth elementary school and grew up with her parents, making sure they would grow up and fall in love in order to assure her own conception aboard the TARDIS thus giving herself half Time Lord powers, which she needed for reasons left unclear. After the Doctor rescued Amy Pond from the Kovarian chapter of the Silence in the future, he went on a journey to try and find out where Melody Pond had been taken. We're forced to assume that by the time he caught back up with them during the events of Miracle Day that he'd figured out she was the girl in the useless power armor space suit, but hadn't figured out that she'd gotten lost in New York somehow and ended up growing up with her parents. Amy decided to name her daughter after her layabout daughter who was always getting into trouble. The Doctor visited the Ponds to give them a status update on his search for Melody, met Melody, and took her on an adventure to Berlin in the late 1930s at gunpoint. Rather than shoot him with a pistol twice while he was there in the field, or in his TARDIS, or immediately upon arrival in Berlin, or any of the times that he'd returned to see the Ponds during her entire history with them up to that point, Melody instead chose to try and assassinate the Doctor immediately after regenerating into the form most commonly known as River Song. She first tried to shoot him with her pistol, then with Hitler's pistol, then poisoned him with lipstick made from the poison of the Judas tree, poison that could shut down the ability of a Time Lord to regenerate. It was nearly fatal, but by this point the Doctor had become so attached to River Song's future self that his pleas alone was all it took to get even the past version of herself to help him heal from the poison, thus removing her future ability to regenerate and further sabotaging every future attempt by the Kovarian chapter to kill the Doctor. Never again would the Silence use this incredibly valuable toxin, despite knowing the Doctor's eating habits. After attempting to assassinate the Doctor and failing, Melody Pond is sent to a hospital in the future. After that, she becomes an archeologist with the intention of finding the Doctor, but her adventures come to an end when the Silence again recapture her, putting her back in the useless power armor space suit from the 1960s that can move on its own so she doesn't even need to be inside it and in fact can sabotage its efforts from within it. She was then submerged in Lake Silencio, Utah in April of 2011, a still point which would make it easy to cause the Doctor's death to be a fixed point in time. The Doctor went to Lake Silencio willingly after ages of dillydallying. During this dilly-dallying, he met the Tesselecta while it was investigating the church of the Silence (who, for reasons unknown, had kept their entirely noble motives a secret) and planned to use it to fake his death. He further blackmailed another member of the Silence into helping him uncover a bit about their motives, namely the central mythos of their church's obsession with the Doctor's silence falling. Before he arrived at Lake Silencio in what appeared to be a rented station wagon, he invited Amy and Rory Pond, a future version of their daughter Melody, Canton Everett Delaware III, and to get caught up in events. River attempted to stop the second assassination attempt from happening, either unaware or unwilling to accept that doing so would break one end of a stable time loop and thus cause a massive time paradox, exacerbated by her being present at the events three times (twice as Melody Pond's third incarnation, once as a ganger fetus) and the Doctor being present twice. The resulting time crash nearly destroyed the universe, and during it Madam Kovarian herself was seemingly punished severely by the priests for her terrible plans. The time crash was resolved when Melody Pond realized that the Doctor was riding inside the Tesselecta, thus allowing him to fake his own death and make the faking of it a fixed point in time even the Silence couldn't alter. Melody Pond was taken to the future by... someone and sentenced to spend seemingly the rest of time in Stormcage prison, where she would regularly break out and go on adventures with the Doctor. Once such adventure took place during the last attempt by the Kovarian chapter of the church of Silence to assassinate the Doctor. Melody broke out of prison when Winston Churchill called her and told her to break into the national archives and find the Van Gogh painting entitled "The Pandorica Opens", which was influenced by seemingly psychic dreams Van Gogh was having of events that were going to have happened in 102 AD. These events were the result of a conspiracy arranged by an alliance of alien races, COINCIDENTALLY THE SAME ONES THE SILENCE HAD FORMED TO PROTECT THE DOCTOR FROM, all converging on Britain in 102 AD and laying the seeds of mysterious events around the universe, using imagery drawn from the mind of his companion, all in order to lure the Doctor there and lock him inside the Pandorica prison. Thus, he could not stop the Kovarian chapter from blowing up his TARDIS. The exact mechanism by which this was achieved has never been stated and at this point it's safe to assume it never will be, so my best bet is Melody Pond, their ultimate perfect agent, did it herself while flying the TARDIS (after it had taught her how to do so in the future from its perspective and the past from hers) after her "Silence will fall" programming kicked in. The Doctor and all his companions were effectively dead and the universe was destroyed, but the resulting explosion being poured through the vortex at all moments in space and time caused the universe to be and temporarily destroyed. These actions caused the structural weakness in Trenzalore that the Time Lords were calling through, thus creating the very situation that called for Silence in the first place. Through these actions, the Kovarian chapter of the Silence created the very impetus for its own existence, regularly sabotaged its every plan, and throttled their every plot right in the cradle. Melody Pond went on to become an archeologist, still meeting the Doctor out of order, until one day she met the tenth Doctor before he ever met her and died as a result, was uploaded into a computer, and then visited one possible future version of Trenzalore where other stuff happened that had nothing to do with the main plot. Madam Kovarian made two significant appearances in series 6 and was never seen again. The eventual revelation of the Silence undermined everything interesting about them and turned one of the eleventh Doctor's coolest moments into a pointless act of self-sabotage. The Kovarian Chapter of the Church of Silence can and *must* go down in history as one of the worst villain conspiracies ever conducted on the program.
  • "The Silence" is the seventh episode of the final season of Six Feet Under. It was written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, directed by Joshua Marston and first aired on July 17, 2005.
  • From the CBS Video Library cover: "Wanting only to enjoy a little peace and quiet at his men's club, aristocratic Archie Taylor is infuriated by the endless prattle of fellow member Jamie Tennyson. Taylor makes him a bet: if Tennyson can remain silent for a year, he will pay him half a million dollars. To insure his silence, Tennyson must remain a virtual prisoner in the club's basement. Deep in debt, Tennyson agrees to the wager. Taylor feels sure Tennyson will soon crack under the strain. But as the weeks go by, it becomes increasingly clear that Tennyson is determined to win at all costs. Taylor is desperate to make him speak, but he has no idea to what lengths Tennyson has already gone to win the bet."
  • The Savant Caste fervently adhered to the Sacred Strictures, which was a mantra that educated Savants on how to deny themselves to the Silence. To some magnitude, the Animites were also known to foster a belief in the Silence, although did not consider themselves destined unto it. Those condemned to the Silence were believed to have been prevented from achieving passage to the Coalescence, which was ultimate unity with the Void itself and the revelation of the secrets of the existence, time and the universe.
  • The Silence was a provision under the Code of Ammuud that forbade members of the planet's seven clans from disclosing important information regarding the clan's internal affairs and dealings with others to outsiders, even if they were threatened with death. The only circumstances under which a clan member could break the Silence would be in a case where a party with whom they had dealings betrayed their trust. Otherwise, any clan member who broke the Silence would be considered to have broken his or her oath under the Code of Ammuud and became an outcast. The Silence prevented the Mor Ewwen Glayyd from allowing Han Solo access to information regarding his clan's dealings with the slaver Zlarb. However, Solo revealed to him that Zlarb was a Malkite Poisoner and the Mor Glayyd eventually discovered that Zlarb had been responsible for the poisoning of his father — the previous Mor. Because of this, the Mor Glayyd furnished the information that Solo had requested and assured the smuggler that his clan would not inform the Corporate Sector Authority's Security Police of his activities during his stay on Ammuud.
  • The Silence (Hominus Redivivus Latin: Recycled Man), is a parasitic space-faring organism that converts all infected biomatter into Drones, that then form a hive mind and a collective conciousness. They are a deadly foe and are usually found populating deserted spacecraft, whose occupants more often than not were consumed by the Silence. They can also survive in a vacuum for up to four hours (four months for all Egg types). If you want to create a new article, go to the main page, scroll down a bit and you will find a box with the option create next to it. This will allow you to type in a heading for your new article.
  • The Silence was the time when the whole of Annar was taken over by the Nameless One and was called the silence because the songs of bards were no longer heard in the entire kingdom. During the silence a number of schools of barding were completely destroyed. The main one amongst these was Afinil, it was the most powerful and beautiful of all the schools. it was even more powerful than Norloch.
  • This question was "the First Question, the oldest question in the universe, that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight." Dorium Maldovar told the Eleventh Doctor that the question was: "Doctor Who?", which was a question the Doctor had been apparently running from his entire life. This question was later revealed to be a code word intended to allow the Time Lords to know that it was safe to return to the universe from the pocket realm that the Doctor had placed them in to end the Time War. The Silence feared that if the Time Lords and Gallifrey returned, the Time War would begin anew and the only way to stop this from occurring was to prevent the Doctor from giving his true name to the Time Lords through a crack in time at Trenzalore.
  • The Silence is the seventh episode of the tenth season of Doctor Who. It sees the Doctor and Christina trapped on a ship in the 30th century, where a dark alien group prey on the crew.
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