All the great Doctors have met their own doppelgangers – The Chase, The Enemy of the World, Meglos… even Journey’s End. This week in Nightmare in Silver, the Doctor is pitted against a cybernised alter ego which he must defeat to save Clara, Angie and Artie as their trip to the biggest theme park in the galaxy goes from bad (it closed a year ago) to worse (the Cybermen live there).
Yes, it’s the return of the Cybermen in Neil Gaiman’s script that was previously known as “The Last Cyberman”. That particular character is an intriguing one, but it is the new version of the creatures that will be the talk of the town on Monday morning, echoing the creations of the Doctor Who Magazine strip The Flood back in 2004/5.
Once again, I really want to tell you so much about this episode, about the dialogue, the futile deaths, the excellent casting and fate of the two new additions to the TARDIS crew.
But of course, this being a preview all I can do is tell you that for many, this might be the episode in which Doctor Who Series 7b starts. Nightmare in Silver has a maturity to the script that could quite easily have seen it appear in the Russell T Davies era, while visually it evokes the feeling of Moffat’s first series back in 2010.
After all, you’ve perhaps seen some of the fan pleasing moments in the trailer or the gallery, and beyond those things I can tell you very little – other than the that I’ll be very surprised if the episode goes down badly.
Neil Gaiman has once again done a great job, despite being lumbered with the weight of breathing new life into a classic foe. The only real problem with the episode is a good one – someone has to write for these Cybermen again at some point, and maintain the new momentum that Gaiman has given them…