Doctor Who

Series 7 - 12. Nightmare in Silver

Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

It’s the penultimate episode of this patchy mini-season, and the Doctor takes Clara and her young charges, Angie and Artie, to Hedgewick’s World – billed as the biggest amusement park in the universe, it’s now in ruins. They befriend impresario Mr Webley (Jason Watkins) and his henchman Porridge (Warwick Davis) in a waxworks where the main distraction is a chess-playing Cyberman. So far, so bizarre in Neil Gaiman’s quirky script.

We get to see aspects of the Cybermen never seen before: they can move and upgrade very fast, and employ earwig-like Cybermites. Developments in the plot mean that Matt Smith has to act his socks off, but apart from the odd frisson here and there, this episode is essentially a procession of duff notes that, frankly, leaves the cast floundering. And guest star Tamzin Outhwaite is utterly wasted.

About this programme

12/13. The Doctor and Clara have ended up with a couple of extra companions, whose first trip in the Tardis brings them to Hedgewick's World of Wonders, once known as the greatest theme park in the galaxy. Sadly it has seen better days and is now home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon. However, there is an even bigger surprise in store for the Time Lord with the re-emergence of one of his oldest foes - the Cybermen are back, and they're deadlier than ever. Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins guest.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Stephen Woolfenden
Executive Producer
Steven Moffat
Executive Producer
Caroline Skinner
Producer
Marcus Wilson
Series Producer
Marcus Wilson
Writer
Neil Gaiman
Categories
Drama

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