Nightmare in Silver
Written by: Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Stephen Woolfenden
Produced by: Marcus Wilson
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Broadcast Date: Saturday 11th May at 7:00pm on BBC One
Reviewed by Oliver Jenkins for The Gallifrey Times
The Gallifrey Times have seen Series 7, Episode 12: Nightmare in Silver and have put our spoiler-free preview together:
After putting on their best Yorkshire accents in The Crimson Horror, the TARDIS crew, and their special guests, are off to the whimsical land of Hedgewick's World for Nightmare in Silver.
The episode is a chance to completely set the canon of the Cybermen straight. Ever since the creative decision was made to remove the Cybus logo from the Cybus Cybermen's chest plates, fans have been completely and utterly confused as to what type of Cybermen the Doctor is fighting, be it Mondasian or Cybus. This episode produces a complete re-design of the Cybermen, and so naturally one would assume that now would be a good time for the Doctor to explain to the characters once and for all that these Cybermen are either Mondasian or Cybus. This doesn't happen at all, and the audience are just left to guess what type these Cybermen are, which for me just felt like a completely missed opportunity and actually quite annoyed me to the point that it ruined the episode for me to a degree.
Another surprise for the episode is the complete and utter lack of references to the Classic Series. The Doctor's Wife, Gaiman's previous episode for Doctor Who, was absolutely teeming with them, and a great deal of the fanbase that like both the New and Old series were very much looking forward to that being repeated in this episode, but it isn't. In fact I was very hard pressed to find any Classic Series references at all and at one point in the episode the Classic Series is dismissed altogether, which quite frankly shocked me.
The characters in the episode are wonderful, and are brilliantly portrayed by their actors. The usual TARDIS crew are on top form as always, and Matt Smith delivers one of the greatest performances as the Eleventh Doctor since he took on the role. The new additions to the crew, Artie and Angie, are acted well by Kassius Carey Johnson and Eve de Leon Allen respectively and don't detract too much from the serious tone of the story. Warwick Davis delivers a wonderful performance as Porridge and Tamzin Outhwaite delivers a brilliant performance as the Captain.
The special effects for the episode look absolutely stunning, and follow the realistic and breathtaking quality set by Series 7 Part 2 so far.
The Gallifrey Times Rating: 8/10
Pictures courtesy of BBC.
Pictures courtesy of BBC.