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Review: Doctor Who, Nightmare in Silver [May. 16th, 2013|07:03 pm]
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Nightmare In Tedium

Neil Gaiman channels Stephen Thompson

(Which is never a good thing)

Screenshot from 'Nightmare in Silver', Doctor Who copyright 2013 BBC

On more than one occasion, the writer Harlan Ellsion insisted his name be removed from a movie or television program and replaced with that of Cordwainer Bird in place of his own. He did it when he believed his script had been butchered: changed to the point where the on-screen result would in some way make him look bad. It was his way of "flipping the bird" at those who had ruined his work and, more, of protecting his own reputation as a screen-writer.

If Neil Gaiman doesn't have a pseudonym for similar circumstances, he should get one — and apply it retroactively to his sophomore entry as a screen-writer for Doctor Who.

"Nightmare in Silver" isn't the worst episode of this year's often-dreadful half-series (far from it) but it isn't very good, either.

It is almost inconceivable that the the writer of "The Doctor's Wife" (not to mention of the Sandman graphic novels) could have handed in a script as dramatically disjointed, as illogical and as frankly boring, as that which showed up on our television screens this past weekend. And surely, it wasn't Neil Gaiman who closed the episode with the appalling spectacle of the Doctor almost literally drooling as he ponders the sight of Clara in a skirt just "a little bit too tight".

A nightmare in silver? More like pewter, or even tin. Spoilers and snark, as usual.

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[User Picture]From: talktooloose
2013-05-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
I loved "The Doctor's Wife," but in general Gaiman delivers great ideas rather than coherent plots. There are snippets of brilliance — the cab driver section of American Gods — but he just doesn't know how to pull the whole thing together.

I will see "Nightmare in Silver" when I eventually get to that season. I'm behind still.

Oh, and the best part of "Sandman" is the spin-off series, "Lucifer" which Mikey Carey wrote.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-05-18 09:00 pm (UTC)

Gaiman

I know Gaiman almost entirely from Sandman, which (as I think I've already said), I think is damned fine. The best of it, I'm tempted to classify as Literature (in the sense that Really Really Good=Literature). So I am suddenly curious about Lucifer ...
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