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Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis (Story 154) (2010)

Sylvester McCoy , Sophie Alred , Chris Clough  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X3BYME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Plot Thickens 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Wasted Opportunity November 17, 2010
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 25th anniversary, Doctor! January 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
In an untelevised adventure in 1638, the Second Doctor launched an asteroid containing a statue made of the living metal (yes, living metal) validium into space, but got the sums wrong, so that its decaying orbit would lead it back to Earth on 23 November 1988 (read, Doctor Who's silver jubilee).
Three parties are striving to control the statue, named Nemesis: Herr De Flores, leader of a band of neo-Nazis, Lady Peinforte and her servant Richard, and that silver menace whom De Flores calls the Giants (q.v. Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen), the Cybermen. The Doctor and Ace get involved in this when the former's alarm sounds at a Courtney Pine concert. They jet back and forth from 1988 to 1638 to discover answers, answers that the Doctor already knows but is keeping from Ace.
Our heroes must gain possession of the Nemesis to correct the Doctor's mistake, and it ends triumphantly when the everybody in the other three parties perish, save one.
Dolores Gray has a pleasant moment as a kindhearted Virginian tourist who gives Lady Peinforte and Richard a lift in her limo, replete with accent.
And the pair of skinheads mistaking Lady Peinforte and Richard for social workers is cause for a chuckle or eye rolling.
The concept of a comet causing events on Earth with its arrival every 25 years is interesting, as evidenced by the eve of the Great War (1913), the Anschluss of Austria (1938), Kennedy's assassination (1963), and the Cybermen invasion of Earth (1988). What other events did the Nemesis influence? The eve of the War of the Ausberg League (1688), the eve of the French Revolution (1788), the Battle of Gettysburg (1863)? Maybe.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 years is a long time in space. May 1, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Yes, alright, so the meteor containing the statue would take less time to orbit the earth each time if its orbit was decaying. But would it? Perhaps the statue, made of a mysterious living metal the statue, sent into orbit by the Doctor to stop it falling into the hands of a medieval woman with dangerous powers, might have some influence over its orbital time.
Whichever way you look at it, Silver Nemesis is everything that has made Dr Who great - an interesting plot, genuine characters, the Doctor as an enigmatic figure, plenty of gripping suspence and spectacular sci-fi action. The Cybermen return, as ruthless and entertainingly evil as ever, and Anton Diffring, playing the leader of a neo-Nazi organisation hell-bent on gaining possession of the powerful living metal, makes one of the most memorable human villains of the Sylvester McCoy era.
And the addition of scenes cut from the original TV broadcast, together with the Making of Silver Nemesis, make this a must for everybody even slightly interested in sci-fi. And if you're not into sci-fi, then this will convert you into a fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great Doctor Who episode for McCoy and his time to save man kind and the Universe from evil charters. Worth getting.
Published 4 months ago by Edward Kirven
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Menace
There aren't many good Cybermen stories, but this one is exception for having one of the best shoot outs in the show's history. Read more
Published 4 months ago by WeirdRaptor
5.0 out of 5 stars Much much better than I remembered... a great Doctor Who adventure!
I recently watched Silver Nemesis again and hadn't seen it in over 20 years but thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ferris Bueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series
Sylvester McCoy is one of my favorite Doctors, and I've almost finished collecting his entire series as the intrepid Time Lord.
Published 13 months ago by Mackie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Exciting 25th Anniversary Episode of Doctor Who
This Seventh Doctor story represents the 25th anniversary episode of the show, and is it ever packed with interesting story elements! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Keitheaux
5.0 out of 5 stars A good end to the 25th anniversary celebration.
I have to admit, this was probably my least favorite of the episodes from season 25. Don't get me wrong, it's still great, but this felt more like a 4. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Patrick Correa
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Nemesis Story 154
ALL of Doctor Who stories are great! The Whoniverse is GREAT!

The original meeting of the Silver Nemesis and Doctor Who is not known to me. Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by Granny ;-D
3.0 out of 5 stars An Idea, not a Story
I really wanted to like this story. It is the last Cybermen adventure of the Classic Series and the only encounter McCoy got with the silver baddies. Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Connor
2.0 out of 5 stars I really am trying to like the 7th doctor's stories
Every Who fan has their Favorite Doctor, and their favorite stories. Growing up I had very little exposure to the 6th and 7th Doctors do to my mother's dislike of them and not... Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Zachary W. Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor has to deal with Cybermen, Nazi's and a Lady from 1638. All...
Earth 1988 The Doctor and Ace decide to relax and take in the day by listening to a local jazz group and just enjoy that nothing is going wrong. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Jacob
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