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Doctor Who - Silver Nemesis (The Extended Version) [1988] [VHS] [1963]

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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Anton Diffring, Courtney Pine, Fiona Walker
  • Directors: Chris Clough
  • Format: HiFi Sound, PAL, Full Screen, Colour
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CN4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,953 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

This three part adventure was made to celebrate Dr. Who's 25th Anniversary. A statue, blasted into space 350 years ago, crashes into Earth in the core of a meteor. The Doctor and his assistant Ace must fight two armies from different time periods, a regiment from 1988 and a battallion of soldiers from 2688, whilst guarding the statue against the clutches of the Cybermen.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 5 May 2009
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
It's a shame that Amazon's image for this is so poor - the box cover is green and silver and looks really cool.
I totally agree with BlindBadger on this one; it's an anniversary story and therefore should have as much packed in as possible - plot's not overly important in Doctor Who folks so it's no good us fans getting our knickers in a twist about it! What's important is colourful scintillating entertainment - and this VHS provides that in bucketfuls. With guest stars of the calibre of the (apparently very difficult to work with) Anton Diffring, as a Nazi war criminal, and Gerard Murphy as a man literally out of time, this is a top-notch adventure. Ok, I know the series was supposed to be fun AND educational, but surely we can forgive the production team here; at least it's fun!

Great making-of too; but Gary Downie really ought to have been censored for that terrible shirt!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr D Holness on 29 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Why moan about plot, poor scripts, etc. Silver Nemesis is pure comic book adventure. The Doctor and Ace are a great double act, neither of them worried about getting dirty or wet when diving for cover during the battle scenes. OK, the battle scenes in Silver Nemesis may not be on the scale of a Hollywood blockbuster, but remember, it was only a three episode BBC TV programme with a limited budget. Besides, who wants to see blood and guts all over the screen, AND it was also pre-watershed family viewing.
The Cybermen may not have been as menacing as in Earthshock, but if you recall, one of the Cybermen was killed by using Adric's gold star, so why shouldn't Ace be able to kill them with gold coins and a catapult!
I grew up watching Dr Who, I still remember watching the very first episode as a boy, and Silver Nemesis is good old-fashioned Dr Who fair at its best.
Did one reviewer get mixed up? The episode where the Doctor and Ace pay £5 for drinks was Battlefield.
When you watch Silver Nemesis listen out during the scene in the crypt where the German soldier knocks a Cyberman to the ground. I'm sure I heard the Cyberman say 'OW' as he hit the floor!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blindbadger on 5 May 2009
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I dunno, I just don't get all this criticism. It's Doctor Who people, it's fun and exciting and has the best Doctor and companion pairing since, in my opinion, William Hartnell and Ian/Barbara.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and since purchasing this video I know that it'll be a serial I'll watch more than just a couple of times. This video also made me realise why I'm not so much of a fan of these later Doctors because I think the charm that was Doctor Who seems to be seriously lacking. Oh they might have a joke here and there and all that, but it seems to me as if the PTBs (Russell T Davies at least) have decided to make it all rather serious and turn the Doctor into, primarily, an obvious, blatant, melancholic, hypocritical, wet blanket.

Bring back these fun filled, exciting adventures where you can just sit back and let your imagination run away with you, and not be steeped knee-deep in special effects that simply kills your imagination in an instant. Bring back this kind of Doctor where the melancholy and loneliness is subtle and not shoved in your face.

Anyway, sorry about the semi-rant, I do though highly recommend this video to anyone, especially for the "Making of" - It was very interesting to see the inner workings and what not, and you also get to see the fun everyone has while making it - and I think the frustrations as well.

High recommendation from me

:-)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2002
Format: VHS Tape
worth the purchase price to any doctor who fan purely for the 'making of...' documentary, which takes the viewer through the entire production process for the serial. also contains quotations from actors and production staff from earlier 'who' serials. this segment should have an 18 certificate for the 1980s fashion crimes of some of the bbc personnel.
as for the serial itself? w-e-e-e-ll. there are some interesting concepts mixed in. far too many actually, what with nazis, elizabethan/stuart sorceresses, cybernetic aliens and their zombie henchmen, time travel, royal household high-jinx, lethal statues of living metal and contemporary jazz heroes: the plot's a mess. a total, hopeless, tattered mess. but mccoy and aldred (and their characters) are likeable and (as another reviewer remarks) the performances of walker and murphy are good (if a bit camp/over the top). there are a number of quite good humourous moments - usually played between the doctor and ace, or lady peinfort and richard. there's also a moment of great effect as the statue comes to life in lady p's mausoleum.
but don't hold it up to the light and don't expect coherence: i doubt if pre-newtonian astronomers would know what a comet was, let alone be able to predict when one might expect its return; all manner of incongruous weirdos wander around in spaceships or with guns with impunity; police are murdered with no consequences at all. yep, it's drivel. but it's fun.
and, amazon, it has nothing to do with william hartnell.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Falco on 23 Nov. 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Aww, bless.

The Cybermen were trotted out one final time in the "original" series, to mark the 25th (that's Silver, folks) anniversary of the show.

Sadly, the story showed a distinct decline in quality since they had previously been shown in Colin Baker's Attack of the Cybermen. Now appearing to sport some sort of weird baseball-mitt hands, they made an impressive entrance, and then fell over and died rather a lot. How disheartening to find the Cybermen, supposedly the "stuff of nightmares" felled by a catapult and a coin to the chest!

Apart from this, the story appears to sacrifice any coherence of plot to the frantic pace of combining three enemies - Cybermen, Nazis and a mad 16th century aristocrat - with overgenerous heaps of self-referential business about the Doctor's identity and mysterious nature. In the end, you really don't care who wins, you just want it to be over with. A grim send-off for the original series' Cybermen.
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