Nightmare in Silver is written by the internationally acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode – The Doctor’s Wife – was a brilliant, bonkers, wildly enjoyable adventure that won plaudits and the 2012 Hugo Award for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
He returns with a story that sees the Doctor once more facing the Cybermen, but this being Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman, nothing about the iconic enemy’s return is as you’d expect, from the Cybermen themselves to the people battling them. We caught up with Neil and quizzed him about how he ended up back in the world of Doctor Who and what we can expect from his latest inspired nightmare…
Question: You’re back! Hurray! How were you persuaded to return?
Neil Gaiman: It began with an email from Steven Moffat. He said, ‘I know you’re too busy ever to write another Doctor Who episode… but would you like to make the Cybermen scary again?’ And I thought, Agghhhh! I do! I really do! I said,Yes, I’m in…
I thought it would be really fun to make the Cybermen scarier than they have been recently and then I got completely side-tracked by a mad, strange romp that just keeps getting bigger and odder in which the Doctor and Clara have taken two children to a big amusement park and they find themselves embroiled in a very peculiar galactic empire which has fought a battle against the Cybermen - and won…
Q: What can we expect from the Cybermen and the adventure in general?
NG: We’ve moved on a little bit, technologically, from the last round of Cybermen we saw, because we’re a bit further into the future. So instead of Cybermats, we’re now going to encounter Cybermites… We have to deal with various things we’ve had to deal with in the past, such as the Cybermen’s ability to take over people and transform them into Cybermen. And this time, it’s going to get very, very personal for the Doctor…
Puncher: The Last Centurion
Punchee: The Doctor
Memorable Lines: “Welcome back Rory Williams!”
Why it’s Awesome: Rory Williams has just had the absolute worst day of his life. His fiance doesn’t remember who he is, he’s just learned that he’s not only dead but in fact erased from time, which is as nothing compared to learning that he’s also a killer robot made of solid plastic (rather than either a mild-mannered nurse from Leadworth OR a badass Centurion from Ancient Rome), which he in turn discovered by accidentally/on purpose murdering the girl of his dreams, and to top it all off the universe just imploded. But none of that is what makes this particular punch so awesome. Firstly, that’s the Doctor getting punched in the face there. Some of us have been waiting nearly fifty years to see the Doctor get punched in the face, so it’s about freakin time. Secondly, the Doctor’s been generally abusive to Rory all season (well, up until he died, because after that he felt bad about the whole thing), so he really really has it coming. And thirdly, because the Doctor knows this and does it on purpose. He deliberately provokes Rory into punching him in the face, in order to ensure that he’s still one of the good guys. The Doctor gets himself punched in the face, because he’s manipulative and is not above manipulating even himself. It’s like “Good for you! I totally deserved that!” And he really did deserve it, you have to admit - and Rory is still man enough to turn him around and punch him in the face, because even if you’re a twice dead killer robot at the end of the universe, you don’t hit people from behind. Not when you could punch them in the face.
Where to find it?: Doctor Who, “The Big Bang” by Steven Moffat
Because there is a Tumblr dedicated to important punches in entertainment history. Of course.
I don’t care, I’m still free, but we would like a sequel to Serenity.
Tell me about it….
Before starting something new on Mass Effect I decided to clean up an old Garrus sketch. Don’t mind his strange visor and stuff I was lazy and didn’t use a reference :>
Ho. Ly. Shit.
400 followers? I totally don’t deserve it. But since you’re all here anyway, I thought I’d celebrate.
But unlike most follower giveaways, I’m not any good at making things. So no, I can’t art for you, or even write for you. Tumblr has gotten me addicted to Adagio Teas, but I don’t have enough experience yet to hold the giveaway for samples of my own tea blends. Then what can I do???
I’ll buy you tea, instead. You want a nice, safe Earl Grey? I’ll buy you some Earl Grey. You want some amazing fandom teas? I’ll buy you your fandom teas. Hell, I’ll even get you some of Adagio’s teaware if you want it. That’s the beauty of a gift certificate when the selection is this varied, you can get anything you want!
Winners and Prizes
Three winners total, selected from this post’s notes:
- One (1) Adagio.com gift certificate for $35
- Two (2) Adagio.com gift certificates for $15 eachConsidering most 3oz pouches of tea are $10, this should cover an order AND shipping for any domestic US orders, at the very least.Rules
- Must be following me as of my original post to enter.
- One like and one reblog per person, for two entries total per person. Notes will be tracked and saved to an Excel sheet just in case Tumblr eats them.
- US and International followers welcome, but if you live overseas please confirm that Adagio ships to your location!
- Entries must be in by 9pm ET on Thursday, April 11th.Let’s see, I think that’s everything? If you have any questions, send me an ask. I’d prefer the ask be signed, that way I can reply privately if necessary, but I do have anon on if you don’t mind the answer public.