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The Scream
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The Scream after being defaced. (TV: The Power of the Doctor)

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The Scream was a painting by Edvard Munch created to trap the Warp Core, which he described as an infinite scream through nature. (AUDIO: Dust Breeding) Munch painted multiple versions. (AUDIO: The Web of Time) The Tremas Master, sensing its power, stole the painting while it was on Earth but awakened the Warp Core. Damien Pierson took the painting back to the Warp Core's home Duchamp 331. The Seventh Doctor attempted to quietly steal the painting before its historical destruction for his personal gallery. (AUDIO: Dust Breeding)

When shown two versions of The Scream near the Relic Room, Professor River Song noted that one of those copies was made to trap the Warp Core. She also sensed something about the face depicted which reminded her of something she couldn't quite remember. Mx Neon agreed, saying that they felt the same way about it. (AUDIO: The Web of Time)

Another version of The Scream depicted a Silent, the Eleventh Doctor, and Amy Pond. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters)

In 2022, The Scream was one of many famous paintings removed from display after it was discovered to have been defaced, depicting the Spy Master as Rasputin. (TV: The Power of the Doctor)

In the 26th century, The Scream was one of many priceless artworks transported aboard the spaceship Gallery. (AUDIO: Dust Breeding)

Its fame persisted into the 30th century and beyond the planet Earth. In 2992, the Eighth Doctor made a gesture similar to the individual in the painting when expelling the Omnethoth from his respiratory bypass system, which reminded President Stefan Vargeld of Yquatine of a "very old and very famous painting". (PROSE: The Fall of Yquatine)

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DWM 306 art depicting AUDIO: Dust Breeding.

  • Munch actually painted two other versions of this painting, which have not yet appeared in the Doctor Who universe.
  • The Doctor Who Magazine preview illustration (in DWM 306) depicting AUDIO: Dust Breeding was a parody of the Scream.
  • The Shriek from PROSE: The Art of Destruction was possibly named after this piece.
  • The Silents were designed after the image of the screaming figure in the painting. Steven Moffat has said that the idea was that the aliens had been with us for centuries and the painting actually depicted one. [1] According to The Brilliant Book 2012, Rory Williams, while hunting the Silence in Texas, realised that the aliens he was searching for resembled Munch's painting, and so deduced that the aliens must have been behind its repeated thefts. The Web of Time, an audio story released in 2019, had River make reference to the figure in The Scream reminding her of something, though she can't quite remember what.