Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis (Story 154)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another Awesome offering. Threes episodes on one disc as well as Special Features. As always good production value with no skips or jumps on the video and consistent sound. Read morePublished 23 minutes ago by Jim Phillips
Must have for your DW collection. Great to compare "classic" to "current" after the 50th Anniversary.Published 8 months ago by Tony P
When watching part two of Silver Nemesis, it freezes several times to the point where it cuts back to the menu and it's because there's grease-like prints on the disk that I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve Wilson
Silver Nemesis is a weird mix of Cybermen, Nazis , and magic. The plot is hard to follow and illogical with some bizarre occurrences such as the Doctor and Ace's trip t to Windsor... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
Good 30th anniversary episode. Why the Nazis I have no idea, but okay.Published 18 months ago by Gary Prott