A box-set with two Cyberman stories. The first, Revenge of the Cybermen, sees Tom Baker's Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan return to the Ark at an earlier point in time in order to await the return of the Tardis (if you've seen Ark In Space and Genesis of the Daleks this will probably make more sense). Before they know it they've stumbled on a lot of dead bodies littering the Ark's corridors, there's a mysterious virus and the Doctor has identified Jupiter's new moon as the legendary planet of gold. Revenge is an entertaining, well-written tale. The Cybermen are at their merciless best, there are plenty of strong characters and the Cybermats are finally a sinister-looking threat.
Silver Nemesis is one of Sylvester McCoy's stories. It's kind of quirky and the storyline doesn't make that much sense, but it's still an enjoyable and fun romp. It involves a statue made of living metal. Put the missing bow and arrow in the statue's hands and you'll have ultimate power. It has to be said the neo-nazis are pretty poorly used. The opening scenes seem to be setting up some kind of Indiana Jones-type storyline, but after that the only function the neo-nazis serve are to bring the silver bow, act as cannon fodder and wander around Windsor asking the Cybermen if they're familiar with Wagner. The Cybermen are all too often the fall guys in this story, are killed by gold-tipped arrows and even gold coins fired into their chest units with a catapult. Far more interesting is the sub-plot involving two Jacobian characters who travel forwards from their own time to find the statue.
The version of Silver Nemesis on this DVD set is not the one released on video some years ago. I don't see why the special extended version couldn't have been included. Okay, so the extra scenes don't have any incidental music in them. But that didn't spoil the video version, and frankly a break from the often irritating music of this story would be welcome. The extra scenes are included on the DVD, however, as....well, extras. There's also plenty of other extra features to make this box-set money well spent.
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