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Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis (Story 154)

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Earth, 1988: While the Doctor and Ace flee from emotionless men wielding futuristic pistols, neo-Nazi Herr de Flores is intent on heralding the Fourth Reich. Meanwhile, the villainous Lady Peinforte uses black magic to propel herself forward from 1638 for a final confrontation with her sworn enemy – the Doctor. And, at the same time, a spacecraft full of Cybermen sets down on Earth. As the Doctor desperately evades multiple enemies, a meteor containing a Gallifreyan super-weapon is hurtling ever nearer to the planet. Whoever is able to unite the validium statue with its bow and arrow will hold power of life or death over the entire universe.

Special Features

Audio commentary by actors Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor) and Sophie Alred (Ace) and script editor Andrew Cartmel
Industrial Action: Making of with Gerard Murphy (Richard), director Chris Clough, writer Kevin Clarke, stunt arranger Nick Gillard, and musician Courtney Pine
Deleted and extended scenes
Trailers and continuity
Isolated score
Optional English Dolby 5.1 mix
Photo gallery
PDF materials: Radio Times listings
Production notes subtitle option

Product Details

  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Alred, Fiona Walker
  • Directors: Chris Clough
  • Writers: Kevin Clarke
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X3BYME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bachand on November 17, 2010
Format: DVD
When Silver Nemesis came out on video in the 90s, it was in the form of a greatly extended director's cut. The video was accompanied by an excellent documentary on the making of the story produced by an American PBS station. As a package, it was an excellent value and a fan's delight.

This DVD release of the story is, by comparison, a wasted opportunity. The stories from the seventh doctor's era were often poorly paced and nonsensical, in part due to extensive edits for timing. Silver Nemesis is a prime example. The added footage (more than 20 minutes' worth) in the video release wasn't just for kicks, but actually improved the coherence of the narrative by leaps and bounds. And the accompanying documentary added valuable insight into the characters and the philosophy of the writers.

I can understand why the documentary may have been left out for reasons related to copyrights, but to release this story in "vanilla" form when hours of extant material exists in the BBC archives is, frankly, cheap. I'm going to hold off on buying this DVD and hope it gets the "Revisitation" treatment as several other Doctor Who stories have.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Miller VINE VOICE on January 18, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
"Silver Nemesis" is "Doctor Who"'s 25th anniversary story only in the sense that Part One aired 25 years to the night after the first episode of "An Unearthly Child". It wasn't even the season premiere, and there wasn't a whole lot of celebrating going on. Most of the nods to "Unearthly", in fact, came in the Season 25 opener, "Remembrance of the Daleks". What made "Silver Nemesis" the anniversary -- apart from the token appearance of classic "Who" adversary the Cybermen -- was the plot, which purported to reveal great secrets about the Time Lord's true origin.
As an actual story, "Silver Nemesis" never got off the ground. Most of the best material was left on the cutting room floor, as evidenced when the extended VHS release added nearly half an episode's worth of extra scenes.
Each of the three parts of "Nemesis" contains one utterly pointless extended sequence that adds nothing to the ongoing story, except lame laughs. In Part Two, 17th century villainness Lady Peinforte is stalked through the streets of 1988 Windsor by a couple of skinheads, who repeatedly berate her as a "social worker". What the heck is that about? In Part Three, Peinforte takes a long car ride with a tourist from Virginia, who speaks in the most inflated Southern accent since the movie "Steel Magnolias". All right, this actually gets funnier in retrospect, but it sure wasn't amusing in 1988. In Part One there is some promise, as "Doctor Who" veteran Nick Courtney makes an unbilled, dialogue-free cameo as a tourist at Windsor Castle. A stand-in for the Queen also shows up, walking her dogs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Little Roy Blue on December 29, 2010
Format: DVD
This review applies to the 2010 DVD release of Silver Nemesis, which - amazingly - is much less interesting than the old VHS release. You see, the VHS version featured an extended edition of the story with many deleted scenes worked back in; it also included a good "making of" documentary made by an American PBS station. Alas, while this DVD does include the deleted scenes, they are only viewable as a separate special feature (in other words, there's no option to watch the extended edition of the story); and the American documentary is nowhere to be found here.

In short, this is a lazy DVD release. Other Doctor Who stories have gotten better treatment - extended editions, new special effects, multiple new documentary features - but here, we get only one short retrospective and no fancy extended version.

Of course, the laziness of this release is easy to explain - Silver Nemesis is a much-hated serial, and perhaps rightfully so. I enjoyed this story when I was nine years old, but now that I'm older, I find that I have little tolerance for its sloppiness. Silver Nemesis suffers from a glut of poorly developed characters and concepts, and intrusive humor segments that only occasionally manage to be funny. The Cybermen - allegedly Doctor Who's second-most-important villains - serve no function in this story, except to make stupid decisions and die pathetically. And the plot, as many other reviewers have pointed out, is a rehash of the far superior Remembrance of the Daleks.

To make matters worse, the production style of 1980s Doctor Who has aged terribly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Makkabee on December 29, 2010
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Doctor Who in the late 80s was clearly a show staggering toward cancellation, and this story, and the special features that go along with it, show why. We see stereotypical characters, ham-fisted over-acting, and some really poorly written dialog (but I am eeevil....) A once-serious antagonist is reduced to a bad joke. The Cybermen, originally written as a terrifying look into humanity's possible future if we allow ourselves to become too wedded to and dependent on machines, complete their decay into oafish posturing lummoxes who can be taken out with a slingshot.

The special features reveal that the story looks so thrown-together because it is -- the writer didn't even have an actual story idea when he went in to deliver his story pitch to the producer, but got hired on the basis of an extremely vague off the cuff presentation. Concern for tight, serious story-telling had declined that much in the Doctor Who production office by the late 80s.

The sloppiness of the original production is matched by the sloppiness of the DVD presentation. The VHS release of this story included extra scenes that many viewers felt enhanced the story greatly, but rather than present both versions of the story (as has been done on several other Doctor Who releases) we are only given the original TV version here. Some of the extra scenes appear out of context as a DVD special feature, but (in spite of promises from 2|Entertain, the company that releases Doctor Who on home video) not all. The reason? They forgot.


If you're a completist you may still want to get this. Or perhaps not. 2|Entertain has rereleased several other Doctor Who stories with enhanced extras packages, they may do so with "Silver Nemesis" in hopes of getting fans to double-dip.
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