The Monks on Doctor Who are a group of aliens that control human society and manipulate human memories to achieve their goals. They resemble a religious order (they are, after all, named the Monks). They also are capable of killing people with electrical discharges. They resemble living corpses.
The Silence (also on Doctor Who) are a group of aliens that control human society, and manipulate human memories (they can’t be remembered if one is not looking at them). They are a religious order, and are capable of killing people with electricity. They also look a bit like corpses.
Are these similarities coincidental? Has anyone associated with the show mentioned if there was an intentional effort to make the Monks resemble the Silence?