Serial: 7K  Episode Nos. 683, 684, and 685.  Title: Silver Nemesis

 

On November the 23rd, 1988, a comet called Nemesis launched into space some 350 years

earlier by the Doctor returns to the Earth, once again generating destruction in it's wake. 

Inside the comet is the statue of Nemesis, formed in the shape of Lady Peinforte, a 17th century

witch who travels forward in time with the statue's arrow to seize control of it.  She has

competition, however, from a group of South American Nazis in possession of the statue's bow,

and from a force of Cybermen who see the statue as the perfect weapon to enable them to

transform the Earth into their new base planet...

 

starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace. Written by Kevin Clarke,

Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Chris Clough.

 

Originally transmitted from 23 November 1988 to 7 December 1988 on BBC1.

            DVD FEATURES:

-   All 3 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for

   the hearing impaired.

-   Optional commentary track by actors Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred,

script editor Andrew Cartmel and director Chris Clough.

            -  Optional Dolby 5.1 sound mix.  (The default is the original 2.0 stereo.)

            -  Isolated Music option. This plays the story with only the music soundtrack audible.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout

   the story.

-   “Industrial Action” A 33-minute featurette about the making of this story with

interviews with actors Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, and Gerard Murphy

(Richard), jazz musician Courtney Pine, stunt co-ordinator Nick Gillard,

writer Kevin Clarke, script editor Andrew Cartmel, and director Chris Clough.

-   Deleted and Extended Scenes.  A 23-minute package of 23 different scenes

deleted from the finished program to meet the timeslot.

-   Trails and Continuity.  A 6-minute package of the BBC’s trailers and introductions

for this story, including a special trailer called “8891 Royale” that was only

shown to the press (the music for which could also be heard on the “25th

Anniverary Album” which came out at this time)

-   Photo Gallery.  8 minutes of still photos taken throughout the making of the story.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into your computer and you’ll have access to

   PDF files containing the original 1988 Radio Times TV listings for this story,

   which include some extra articles about the show to tie in to the 25th anniversary.

-   Coming Soon trailer for the forthcoming Time and the Rani.

            *** When this story was released on VHS in the early 1990s, it came out as the

            Silver Nemesis Extended Edition, where 11 minutes of the footage originally cut

            from the finished episodes to fit the timeslot was rather crudely reinstated.

            The version on this DVD is the broadcast version, without those 11 minutes put

            back into the episodes.  Most (but not quite all) of that material can be watched

            in the deleted scenes package in the special features, along with some scenes that

            were not reinstated.   That VHS edition also contained a 60-minute documentary

            that was live on set during the making of this show (very like Doctor Who

            Confidential is nowadays on the new series).   That documentary was made by

            American PBS’ New Jersey Network, and has not been included on this DVD

            as it was felt the rights clearances these days would be too expensive for this title.