‘NIGHTMARE IN SILVER’
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Clara and the Cybermen
This is the penultimate episode of Series 7 in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. The episode is by Neil Gaiman and it features the return of the Cybermen, making this a fun and an enjoyable episode.
The story has the Doctor taking Clara with her nanny responsibilities, Angie and Artie Maitland on an adventure in the TARDIS. They all go off to visit ‘Hedgewick’s World of Wonders’ on an alien world.
This is an extra-terrestrial theme park, that was filmed in Castell Coch, a castle close to where I live in Cardiff. But there are Cybermen waiting to wake and the battle is set between them and humanity.
The Cybermen in this episode undergo a complete make-over and a new upgrade for a new audience. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether you think these Cybermen look great in this story.
I think they look great, but I prefer their original look of the Cybermen when they returned in 2006. There’s lots of Borg influences from ‘Star Trek’ with the Cybermen featured in the episode.
The way the Doctor looks with those metallic implants on his face makes him almost like Borg-like. Also with Webley’s face looking so half human, half Cyberman seems very Borg-like in this.
The Cybermen can also adapt like the Borg when they get shot and adapt to new frequencies. They can also trudge through a moat and overcome obstacles with stating ‘Upgrade in progress!’
The Cybermen voices are still provided by Nicholas Briggs. But they sound throaty and on first viewing I couldn’t hear what they were saying. I preferred it when their voices sounded deeper.
I found the Doctor as the Cyber Planner quite frightening on some level. Matt Smith gives a vicious performance when he’s playing two characters in his head, as he enthuses lots of venom.
However, I’m not sure if the Cyber Planner should have expressed so much emotion in the way that Matt Smith plays him. This is taking into account Cybermen are emotionless and unfeeling.
Jason Watkins guest stars as Webley. I’ve seen Jason Watkins in the ‘Dirk Gently’ TV series. I liked his eccentric and whimsical as Webley, before he gets Cyber-fied very quickly in the story.
Warwick Davis guest stars as Porridge. Warwick was in the BBC version of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as Reepicheep and was in the movie version of ‘Prince Caspian’ as Nikabrik. It was a joy to see him in this.
This episode also features Eve de Leon Allen as Angie and Kassius Carey Johnson as Artie, the Maitland children. Angie is quite abrasive in this episode whilst Artie is very clever playing chess.
It was terrifying when Angie and Artie get cyber implants in their ears and are under control by the Cybermen. Clara’s not happy about this and expects the Doctor to get them back to normal.
I have enjoyed Clara in this episode. Jenna’s a lovely person to play a ‘Doctor Who’ companion and I enjoyed it when Clara gets to be leader of some soldiers in this battle against the Cybermen.
Matt Smith’s Doctor is also good in this episode. I liked how determined he is to save the children and he immediately puts his faith in Clara when she takes charge of the human troops.
‘Nightmare in Silver’ is a really good entertaining episode with the Cybermen. They’re good in this story, although I’ve missed the 2006 new series Cybermen with their deep, menacing voices.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 7’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there’s the ‘Behind-The-Scenes: Nightmare in Silver’ featurette featuring cast and crew interviews.
‘Nightmare in Silver’ rating – 8/10
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