It’s back to the 7th Doctor’s era for another 7&7 chat. Join Deb, Erika, and Liz as we talk about Doctor Who‘s 25th anniversary story, “Silver Nemesis”. AKA, “Remembrance of the Daleks…Again”.
What do you think of this story? Is received fan wisdom correct this time? Or is this episode pure
gold silver? Let us know in the comments!
- Liz is writing for Big Finish again, this time for River Song!
- Erika finally bought her membership to Chicago TARDIS!
- Deb delights in Jodie Whittaker’s delight at meeting members of Coldplay!
Extra-special thanks to this week’s guest editor, Steven Schapansky of Castria!
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Comments on: "209 – Nightmare in Silver Nemesis" (3)
Oh, thanks so much, Liz for the outing. Now the universe can implode and I can go back to working on the Black Scrolls of Rassilhon… er, I mean my memoirs.
Curiously, according to some sources, “Kevin” was most popular as a boy’s name in the year of my and Doctor Who’s birth 1963. So there could be some validity to the rumor… logic being what it is these days 😉 Love the synergy you guys bring to the podcast! Terrific!
Anton Diffring himself explains he went to Britain for Wimbledon in the New Jersey Network special “The Making of ‘Doctor Who'”, which is on the “Silver Nemesis” VHS (but not, for apparently various reasons, on the DVD; let’s hope it makes it onto the blu-ray set).
On first viewing I hated “SIlver Nemesis”, despite chuckling at some admittedly cool bits. But once I’d got over the fact that:
(1) The Cybermen’s gold allergy has mysteriously morphed from “it plates their breathing apparatus and in effect suffocates them” (a slow death that, from the evidence in “Revenge of the Cybermen”, is actually *quite hard* to trigger: the Doctor et. al. completely fail at it, and Lesterson resorts to suicidally using his buckle-bomb to do the job instead!);
(2) The Cybermen are also suddenly completely thick, and content to stand around gawping while their enemy prances about *clearly up to something*,
… then suddenly Ace’s slingshot battle with them becomes all sorts of awesome, especially that shot of the Cyberman just plummeting straight down from the gallery.
So I now take the story with a pinch of salt, imagining this is a retelling from Ace’s diary where she’s remembering all the fun bits and not too worried about factual accuracy. =:o}
(I really wish New Who would properly fix the gold allergy, though. Neil Gaiman’s take, about “the Cyber operating system” still having code affected it by it (WHUT?!?) made no sense at all.)
The Doctor’s “secret past” is totally tacked on and botched, in this one. “Remembrance” was much more subtle about it (once they’d taken out that dreadful line of the Doctor’s to Davros).
P.S. My favourite joke from it, just ‘cos it’s so memorably groan-worthy: “Then have the courage of your convictions!” =:o}