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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?

  • Ooh, and the fingers. Don't forget the long fingers. And the fact that when they talk, you don't see their mouths moving in sync. I think you're on to something there. – Mr Lister Jun 4 '17 at 8:58
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    The purpose of their memory manipulation is different of course, but it's not just any difference. It's the exact opposite: the Monks want to be remembered, even if they weren't there, the Silence want to be not remembered, even if they were there! So here we see a symmetry as well. Well played, Moffat. – Mr Lister Jun 4 '17 at 9:04
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    They also have heads – Doctor Two Jun 4 '17 at 9:57
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    Because Moffat has literally no imagination this season. In episode 1 we had a cross between the Midnight entity and the Martian flood people; in episode 3 we basically had the star whale again, with a setting that's come up twice before; and the resolution of the 3-parter with the monks was an absolutely shameless ripoff of "The Rings of Akhaten". – Rand al'Thor Jun 4 '17 at 12:41
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    Moffat is just mailing it in this season. After waiting for a year and a half, I can't believe I'm disappointed. Can't wait for the new guy to take over next year. – tilley31 Jun 6 '17 at 4:06

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