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The Silence took control of the TARDIS somehow and blew it up, in their first attempt to kill the Doctor so that The Question will never be answered. When he foiled it, they decided to go after Amy and Melody to create River Song to kill the Doctor.

That is speculation. We do not know the Silence took control of the TARDIS. We don't yet know who did, let alone how. Many people, like the above answerer, assume it was the Silence. They might be right or they might be wrong.

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"The Silence took control of the TARDIS somehow and blew it up, in their first attempt to kill the Doctor so that The Question will never be answered. When he foiled it, they decided to go after Amy and Melody to create River Song to kill the Doctor." - Now that is a bit of fiction there.

River Song was piloting the Tardis, and while communicating with the Doctor, she repeatedly said that someone else was controlling it (or something.) And the Doctor told her to get out as quick as possible, which was impossible, and then it locked up into a timeloop upon explosion. Why it exploded has not been said. The Silence may have something to do with it... But that is unknown at this time.