I went back and watched my favorite two episodes of Doctor Who yesterday (Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead) and something caught my attention. The Vashta Nerada are intelligent as a swarm in that they can assimilate knowledge from a living being (as when when they take over the consciousness of the expedition team), but at what point were they actually the Library itself?
At the end, the Doctor tells them 'you are the biggest library in the Universe, look me up' (paraphrased) at which point the Vashta Nerada in the suit coming for him stopped and responded "You have one day."
How did they have the ability to look through the knowledge in the books?
- I rewatched it to make sure I didn't miss anything, which made about the twentieth time I have seen it, and still couldn't figure it out.
- The only answer I could come up with it the knowledge from the people they "assimilated" allowed them to read, and as a swarm they could read the entire Library in a short amount of time... but that doesn't even make much sense to me.
- Thanks in advance for any insight and sorry if this question is redundant, I looked and couldn't find anything like it.