Nightmare in Silver
Now we’re cooking with gas, or to be more accurate, Neil Gaiman is. I said in my review of Cold War that it was nudging The Snowmen and Asylum of the Daleks in quality. Nightmare in Silver is right up alongside those two – rating as one of the best Nu-Who’s of them all, and definitely the best Nu-Who Cyberman story.
This season has been a little uneven, but the consistent note of excellence has been Matt Smith – and in this story he is better than ever. He gets to play the Doc (of course) but is also on fire as the Doctor possessed (implanted?) by the Cyber-planner consciousness. I’ve often found a lack of strong villain characters in Nu-Who, but this season has made amends (Daleks being supremely villainous, that nasty sod with the Dinosaurs, The Great Intelligence, Celia Imrie, the Ice Warrior, Diana Rigg) – and Smith, himself, provides possibly the best.
There is strong support all round – the soldiers are great, Warwick Davis is wonderful and Jenna-Louise Coleman’s Clara is now firing on all cylinders – being put in charge by the Doc, and making sure that no one blows up the planet.
The Cybermen get a thorough upgrade (naturally). Part of me worried that they were turning a bit Borg, especially the implants and ability to upgrade on the fly. However, as we Who fans all know, the Borg were ripped-off Cybermen in the first place (I’m ashamed to say that the Borg were the Cybermen done right) so I see this episode as just the Cybermen retaining their place as THE sci-fi cyborg/ robot men type of villain. Frankly, even The Terminator would have trouble against these Cybermen.
The story has mystery, then pace, then action, then scariness, then a big reveal, and then a big explosion. What more do you want?
Next time – The Name of the Doctor. Which has some of my UK chums in a right tizzy – in a good way....
And now, can I possibly make some sense out of this flash fic story?
Consequences of Time - Episode Seven
“Would you be the Frozen Terror?” asked the Doctor.
“LET THE SACRIFICE PROCEED.”
Graf started walking forwards. The wind began to pick up again.
“Stop,” shouted the Doctor. Graf halted. The wind died.
“IF THE SACRIFICE STOPS, THE WIND STOPS,” said the Black Box.
“So?” shrugged the Doctor. Beside him, Graf gasped.
“THE WIND WILL STOP.”
“All wind stops,” said Graf. “No wind, no power, no people.”
“Wind happens naturally. You don’t need people to fuel it,” said the Doctor.
“THE WIND IS CONTROLLED. THERE IS NO NATURE.”
The Doctor used the Sonic Screwdriver. Not good, not good at all.