Cybermen In A Theme Park.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald
Eve De Leon Allen as Angie
Kassius Carey Johnson as Artie
Jason Watkins as Webley
Warwick Davis as Porridge
Tamzin Outhwaite as Captain
Eloise Joseph as Beauty
Will Merrick as Brains
Calvin Dean as Ha-Ha
Zahra Ahmadi as Missy
Aidan Cook as Cyberman
Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Cybermen

Written by Neil Gaiman

Produced by Denise Paul

Directed by Stephen Woolfenden

Premise

The Doctor takes Clara and her young charges to the biggest amusement park in the universe. Unfortunately it’s closed, and there are Cybermen there.

High Points

  • “Difficult to beat an enemy that uses your army as spare parts.”
  • “I’m not scared, if you’re wondering. I just think, I ought to turn the lights back on.”
  • “A mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that’s just a little bit tight.”

Low Points

  • The Cybermen are more like the Borg every time they appear in the new series. I know you can argue that the Borg drew inspiration from the original Cybermen, but that doesn’t mean it has to feed back the other way, does it? Cybermen didn’t used to assimilate (sorry, ‘upgrade’) people.
  • Oh and now the Cybermen adapt as quickly as the Borg do too.

The Scores

Originality: Unlike any Cyberman story I’ve seen before, although I’ve not quite seen all of the original series stories yet, in that it includes humans who know about the Cybermen and know how to fight them, in theory at least. The overall structure isn’t particularly new, but the people involved keep it fresh within the Doctor Who universe. Four out of six.

Effects: Cyberman transmat effects again. Beautiful. Unfortunately some of the other effects weren’t quite so great. Four out of six.

Story: Pretty classic story structure. Make things bad, make things worse, mess up all your plans and then pull salvation out of… well, watch it and find out. I liked the pacing and the regular, if not entirely surprising, curveballs. Four out of six.

Acting: Some more good guest stars again. I liked Warwick Davis’ very matter of fact portrayal, and Coleman delivered us a magnificent dose of Stroppy General Clara. I can’t let this pass though without mention of Matt Smith having to have an argument with himself, and succeeding. Five out of six.

Emotional response: It was an enjoyable episode, but the things that mostly tugged the heartstrings for me weren’t the events of the story itself but Porridge’s recitation of the end of the Cyber Wars, and his last scene. The rest of the story didn’t really do that much for me, because although I found it interesting we see this kind of thing all the time. Four out of six.

Production: There were some good sets this week, and some fairly mediocre ones, but the atmosphere was suitably derelict amusement park, although maybe not quite derelict enough compared to the original impressions of it. Music this week pleased me because I didn’t really notice it, it was just there, adding to the mood. Five out of six.

Overall: It was a more entertaining episode than the individual scores might suggest. I particularly liked how they dealt with the consequences of the ending of the previous episode. Five out of six.

In total, Nightmare in Silver receives 31 out of 42.