This is one aspect of that episode that I don't think was particularly well explained. I think it was injected into the script just to "swerve" the audience. However, it does seem like telling The Doctor that she was pregnant was part of the Silence's plan. The evidence of this, though, doesn't show up until the later episode "A Good Man Goes To War".
The circumstances of the episode imply that it was abandoned in 1969 (or shortly thereafter; emphasis mine):
Doctor: You just raised an army against yourself and now, for a thousand generations, you're going to be ordering them to destroy you every day. How fast can you run? Because today's the day the human race throw you off their planet.
Doctor Who ...
There is nothing that prevents a person from knowing of the Silents' existence.
While you cannot remember anything that you do in the presence of a Silent, that does not prevent you from, say, reading about them, or hearing about them. That was the whole point of the nano-recorders and the tally marks in "Day of the Moon"; they allowed the Doctor and his ...
I don't see them vanishing, just not being there, initially. I believe they are taking a bit of artistic license with what we are being shown, much as we later see with the Doctor & Churchill in The Wedding of River Song. Just as we see there, there is no visible transition (to us) but we come to understand that the sections of time that are edited out ...
After confessing, the silent confessor would tell you to forget about the thing you just confessed. They have the power of post hypnotic suggestion. You confess, they tell you that you have been absolved, and tell you to forget. So the moment you walk out, not only have you forgotten about the confession, but also the thing you just confessed.
The crack in time is the key element here.
1. It can be used to eavesdrop.
This is proven by Amelia hearing that "Prisoner Zero has escaped" through the crack.
DOCTOR: It's a crack. But I'll tell you something funny. If you knocked this wall down, the crack would stay put, because the crack isn't in the wall.
AMELIA: Where is it then?
This is an ontological paradox, or a time loop, really. Like the Doctor said in Series 9 Before the Flood,
Basically, in an ontological paradox the cause becomes the effect.
In this example, The Silence was actually a "splinter cell" that broke away from the Papal Mainframe, according to The Time of The Doctor. They traveled back in ...
It is true that the Silence did not want the Doctor to speak his name. However, the Silents in this episode were associated with the Papal Mainframe, which was revealed to be an intergalactic peacekeeping force. By assisting the Doctor in his efforts to stave off the enemy forces, they also managed to keep him from saying his name - as long as the forces ...
The Papal Mainframe of the Church of the Silence (or Silents?) was committed to keeping the Doctor from speaking his name and bringing back the Time Lords. The stalemate over Trenzalore was this:
The Daleks and other hostile aliens wanted to destroy Trenzalore and any possibility of the Time Lords ever returning
The Doctor wanted to protect Trenzalore ...
Mainly because Clara was born after the events of "Day of the moon".
Clara was born 23rd November, 1986, whereas Day of the moon occurs in 1969.
Relevant excerpt from Death in Heaven
CYBERMAN: Born 23rd November, 1986.
CLARA: Yeah, I chose that date. Always liked it.
This gives us a fair probability that she hasn't seen the footage. According to ...
I think the answer is that Moffat cleared up all the loose ends that he thought he could (or perhaps should) in The Time of the Doctor, the Christmas special that was Matt Smith's swan song as the 11th Doctor.
A July 2013 interview with io9 contains the following (emphasis mine):
When we caught up with Moffat last weekend at Comic-Con, we asked him, "...
She has been brainwashed
From "Let's Kill Hitler" (S06E08):
MELODY: Well, now, enough of all that! (pulls a gun and aims It at the
DOCTOR) Down to business.
DOCTOR: Oh, hello. I thought we were getting married.
MELODY: (walks towards them) I told you, I'm not a wedding person.
RORY: Doctor, what's she doing?
DOCTOR: What she's ...
Well, we aren't shown a lot of the time that the character in question is held by the Silence.
However, in Let's Kill Hitler, we see that the character has a very clear compulsion - which was probably instilled during the time they spent with the Silence.
As for the suit:
This is not really revealed before the season 7 Christmas special time-of-the-doctor, so I'll use spoiler tags here and strongly urge you to not follow the links before having watched up to that episode:
Maybe its the other way around - suits are the natural clothing of the silence and humans have just subconsciously adopted this clothing style. So suits and ties are nothing typical, ordinary human but instead a total alien artifact.
The Silents are a genetically engineered species.
This is clarified in The time of the Doctor when Clara asks The Doctor about them:
CLARA: What are those things?
DOCTOR: Confessional priests. Very popular. Genetically engineered so you forget everything
you told them.
"The Silence"(The Kovarian chapter) were a cult within the ...
While the events were in the Doctor's future the Pandorica opening and destruction of the TARDIS happened in the past (AD102). The cracks in time had been appearing back through the universe's history. The Vampires in Venice is set in 1580 and the Saturnyne came to Venice when they saw the cracks appearing in the universe. It is highly likely that many many ...
As far as I'm aware, this has not been explicitly confirmed one way or the other, and you can make a decent case for either side.
On the one hand, Moffat's comments (cited in my answer to your last question) seem to imply that the ships are distinct, or at least that there's a non-zero chance of them being distinct (emphasis mine):
Those were ...
This question is explicitly answered in the script;
CLARA: What are those things?
DOCTOR: Confessional priests. Very popular. Genetically engineered so you forget everything you told them.
CLARA: Told who?
DOCTOR: There you go.
The principle is that when you visit a Silent Confessor, it's in your best interests to tell them your ...