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S7-E12 Nightmare in Silver

S7-E12 Nightmare in Silver

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Review

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.

Summary

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 & Crew

The Doctor Matt Smith
Clara Jenna 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
Director Stephen Woolfenden
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Executive Producer Caroline Skinner
Producer Marcus Wilson
Series Producer Marcus Wilson
Writer Neil Gaiman
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