Doctor Who actress teases role of the Silence in the upcoming Xmas ep

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Dec 20, 2013, 11:56 AM EST

The Doctor is heading to Trenzalore in the upcoming Doctor Who Xmas episode, and we all know those freaky aliens the Silence will have a role to play: but which?

Actress Orla Brady (Fringe), who plays the role of Tasha Lem in the yuletide special and also happens to be an old friend of the Doctor (Matt Smith), has revealed some interesting tidbits about her character and how the Silence will fit in “The Time of the Doctor.”

Speaking to Flicks and the City, the actress said:

“I do play a galactic nun. Tasha Lem is somebody who is from the Doctor’s past. She’s an old friend of his and in this episode he comes to her for help.
“We have not met Tasha before, but we’ve met her forces. We’ve met the troops of the Papal Mainframe in a former episode and this is the big boss. She’s the Mother Superious of the Papal Mainframe.
“She’s extraordinarily powerful. So she’s like the head of the Galactic UN. She’s a peacekeeping force but they’ve got more firepower and more willingness to use it than the Earthly UN. They are a scary outfit if you are on the wrong side of them, but I think the Doctor has to feel that she will help them, and indeed she will, because she’s an old friend of his.”

So what about the role of the Silence in all of this?

“Obviously the Silence are part, or become part, of the Papal Mainframe, so I did have scenes where Silence were present and they have a certain allegiance to me.
“Broadly speaking I’m on the side of good. I’m supposed to be not frightening, but authoritative. You’re supposed to believe that she can run these troops and the Silence, and this giant ship and the UN of space.
“She will use her firepower if necessary because she does get cross, shall we say, with the Doctor at a certain point because she’s used to troops pretty much being under her control and doing what she asks of them. She does ask the Doctor to do a particular thing and he’s a bit of a loose cannon and goes rogue, so she’s not best pleased to a certain point.”

As to who, or rather what, her character really is (we did see a Dalek eyestalk sprout from her forehead, after all: see exhibit A below), Brady had this to say:

“She’s human, but Steven Moffat said she’s a descendant of humans. It’s like there’s some element of her that is not quite human. She doesn’t have specific superpowers, much to my huge disappointment, but there’s a strain of something else, something alien.”

As we're headed full steam ahead toward the "Fall of the Eleventh," where Matt Smith's Doctor will regenerate into Peter Capaldi at the end of the Christmas special, and we'll finally see the wrapping of loose ends, are you surprised about what Orla Brady revealed about the Silence? We can’t wait to see how this'll all play out when “Silence Will Fall.” How about you?


(via Doctor Who TV)