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Why did the Silence want Amy to tell the Doctor she was pregnant?

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 ...
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Why was the Silence ship from "The Lodger" abandoned?

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'...
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Why do the markings on their skin disappear and reappear in Day of the Moon?

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 ...
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How could Prisoner Zero know about the Silence?

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 ...
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In Doctor Who, why do the Silence want to prevent the Doctor coming to Trenzalore?

This is an ontological paradox, or a time loop, really. Like the Doctor said in Series 9 Before the Flood, Google it. Basically, in an ontological paradox the cause becomes the effect. In this ...
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Why didn't Clara do what humans were supposed to do when encountering the Silent?

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 ...
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Why was the Silence ship from "The Lodger" abandoned?

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 ...
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Was the Silence ship an early attempt to kill the Doctor?

Although it was revealed in a later episode to be a Silence ship as you stated, and almost certainly created for the purpose of their mission to kill or imprison The Doctor, all available information ...
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In Doctor Who S6, who are The Silence, really?

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 ...
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How does the Silence train / raise this person?

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 ...
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How does the Silence train / raise this person?

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 ...
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Have the Silence always worn suits?

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 ...
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In Doctor Who S6, who are The Silence, really?

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? SILENT: Confess. DOCTOR: ...
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How could Prisoner Zero know about the Silence?

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....
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Was the Silence ship in "The Lodger" the exact same ship?

Unknown 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 ...

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