Doctor Who News Doctor Who Series 7b: Nightmare in Silver

Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Nightmare in Silver Spoiler Free Preview

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).

Doctor Who Series 7b: Nightmare in Silver

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…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

8 Responses to Nightmare in Silver Spoiler Free Preview

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I’m definitely geared up for the episode tomorrow. :)

    And in a related topic, I’ve tried to send this in as a scoop but I don’t know if its gone through, but Big Finish are having a weekend sale on all Cyberman audios.

  2. avatar Paddy says:

    Very interesting and quite excited for this now. Have to say though, this is the only spoiler free review of yours I’ve read which has spoiled something for me – had no idea about the doppleganger bit. Odd really, I don’t particularly avoid spoilers so not sure how I hadn’t come across that already. No ill will for the spoiler though, it’s not giving that much away.

    • avatar Simon Barlow says:

      Hmmm, I would agree. I’ve read a few spoiler free reviews which haven’t given away anything that’s not in the trailer. I know it is a tricky line to walk but I would suggest this isn’t as cautious as it could be for those looking for spoiler free. Anway, a minor quibble, I am sure there is plenty more to discover.

    • Very sorry about that Paddy – as TonyS mentions below, the appearance of a doppelganger is in the image gallery, but to be honest I’ve been quite vague about it anyway.

      Still, not to worry – we won’t be previewing the finale :)

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    Still not a massive spoiler if one considers that pictures have been released showing both versions of the Doctor in the same shot

  4. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    “Maturity of the RTD era”….so are the Cybermen going to be farting?

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking, lmao.

      Are there going to be oral sex jokes involving pavement slabs?

    • avatar phillip_k_slick says:

      Thank you.

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