Doctor Who

Season 7 Episode 12

Nightmare in Silver

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 11, 2013 on BBC America
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    Doctor Who "Nightmare in Silver" Review: Cybermen Really Get Inside Your Head

    Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode explored a familiar character from the Whoniverse in a completely new way.

  • Episode Summary

    One of the Doctor's oldest enemies return when he and Clara visit Hedgework's World of Wonders for a holiday.

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    • First half was lacking, second half was a fun ride.

      Of course it's no Doctor's Wife. Of course it's not. But for all the people moaning about this episode, give it a chance. The last monologue is worth it alone. I don't know, I just love how he wrote for Matt Smith in this episode, and what Matt did with the material. I keep forgetting he's an actor and not just the guy who plays the Doctor til this one :)moreless
    • A total snooze-fest

      I didn't think Neil Gaiman's first episode was as brilliant as everyone else did, but this one? I think I fell into a coma about ten minutes in. Years from now I won't even remember this episode exists. As with Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling last week, Jason Watkins and Warwick Davis deserved better.
    • Finally! A GREAT Cyberman Episode! It's about time! (Yes, pun intended)

      Reading a lot of fan reviews, it seems that the people that were disappointed with the episode were those who had super-high expectations that it was to be the greatest episode ever as it was penned by Neil Gaiman. However, my first reaction was even though it was penned by "The Doctor's Wife" writer Neil Gaiman, it was still a CYBERMAN episode, which gave me fairly low expectations. Ever since the Russell T. Davies Cyberman reboot "The Age of Steel", I just couldn't like the new Cyberman and did not find them at all interesting but a cheap knock-off from Star Trek's Borg. Those who remember "The Pandorica Opens" will remember the Cyberman head telling Amy "You will be assimiliated!" for instance. The Cybermen had never been portrayed properly and have been a far-cry from the Second Doctor's brillant "Tomb of the Cybermen".

      But Neil Gaiman has done the impossible - the Cybermen were so menacing and the threat was certainly real here - with every upgrade the Cybermen were one step closer from defeating their enemies and retaking the world.

      And kudos to Matt Smith. Mr Clever was such a great villain to watch and the dialogue between the two doctors was so much fun to watch - not to mention their fun interactions with Clara.

      And while some feel that this was another Deus Ex Machina, I disagree. Throughout the episode they made multiple references to the bomb, there were some extended shots of the Emperor wax-work that indicated that there was something more than just a fleeting comment, and they explained that the "hand buzzers" were an EMP device. I felt the ending was quite clever and much more well-earned than the ending to "Closing Time" where I felt ill after the Cybermen were defeated by a father's love for his baby.

      I'm definitely looking forward to the next Neil Gaiman episode. I feel he is easily becoming the second best writer for Doctor Who after Steven Moffat.moreless
    • What a let down..

      When I heard that Neil Gaiman was going to write this episode I was so happy. I love love the Doctor Wife I think one of the grestest episodes of Doctor Who in a long time. But this time it didn't work. It was off some how and it was nice to get into the Doctor head for once and see the new cool looking cybermen but other than that this story was all over the place. The Kids were really bad actors not sure why we really needed Clara she didn't really do much and as an Companion she kind of boring. I know she the girl who die twice but other than that she just another forgetable companion to me. (Believe me you will forget her in a couple of years). Maybe Neil Gaiman can come up with a better episode but this one falls by the wayside.moreless
    • Cybermite

      After Gaiman's last episode, this felt over-written and not terribly progressive. By now, the Doctor should know that any "last" of anything is bound to return to life somehow when he's around, that he should never trust that it's contained or dead or what have you. The kids felt tacked on and their dialogue was stereotypical. I got angrier and angrier each time the girl said something was stupid. It seemed that was all she said and she didn't lose that attitude at all by the end of the episode. As for Clara re-learning the Doctor calls her the impossible girl, that was progress, but about all we had. I will say that this felt very classic Who but probably would have benefited being a multiple-part episode, of which we've had very few this season. Mixed feelings overall.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • The Doctor: Yeah, um, no. Not actually ready to leave.
        Clara: Why not?
        The Doctor: I don't know. Reasons.
        Clara: What reasons?
        The Doctor: Insects. Funny insects. I should add them to my funny insect collection.
        Clara: You collect funny insects?
        The Doctor: Yeah, I'm starting to. Right now.

      • The Doctor: Okay, as Imperial Consul, I'm putting Clara in charge. Clara, stay alive until I get back. And don't let anyone blow up this planet.
        Clara: Is that something I'm likely to do?
        The Doctor: Go to somewhere defensible.
        Clara: Where are you going?
        The Doctor: I'm getting Angie, finding Artie, and looking for funny insects. Stay alive. And you lot, no blowing up this planet!

      • Captain: We need to find somewhere defensible.
        Clara: Where?
        Captain: The Beach. Giant's Cauldron. Natty Longshoe's Comical Castle.
        Clara: Real castle? Drawbridge? Moat?
        Captain: Yes. But comical.
        Clara: We'll go there.

      • Clara: I trust the Doctor.
        Captain: You think he knows what he's doing?
        Clara: I'm not sure I'd go that far.

      • Clara: Other good news?
        The Doctor: Well, other good news, there are a few more repaired and reactivated Cybermen on the way, and the Cyberplanner is installing a patch for the gold thing. No, wait, that--that isn't good news, is it? Umm, so, good news... I have a very good chance of winning my chess match.
        Clara: What?
        The Doctor: I'll explain later. In a bit of a hurry.

      • The Doctor: Listen. Right now they have a much better chance of getting out of this situation alive than you do.
        Clara: Which one of you said that?
        The Doctor: Me. Cyberplanner. Mr. Clever. Now, if you don't mind, I have a chess game to finish, and you have to die pointlessly and very far from home. Toodle-loo.

      • Webley: Welcome to Webley's World of Wonders, children. Now presenting delights, delicacies, and death.

      • The Doctor: Ah, hello. Somebody come and untie me.
        Clara: Do you think I'm pretty?
        The Doctor: No. You're too short and bossy, and your nose is all funny.
        Clara: Good enough.

      • The Doctor: Impossible girl. Mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too... tight.

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