In our last review before the Series 7 finale, James Willets revisits ‘Nightmare in Silver’.
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Neil Gaiman is rightly lauded as a titan of genre writing, the guy behind enduring classics like Sandman, Neverwhere, Stardust and Coraline. He’s written extensively for young adults and comics, and won numerous awards for his fiction.
It’s hard to overstate the impact Sandman had on me. It was one of the titles that first got me into comics – the gateway drug that drew me into the wider four colour world, back when I had a sneering disdain for the garish funny books from the big two. Without them I wouldn’t have discovered the world of non-cape comics; no V for Vendetta, no Transmetropolitan, no Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina or Walking Dead.
Wasn’t that astonishingly, astoundingly fab?
It must be noted, before I continue, that I have long been an ardent admirer of Neil Gaiman’s work. That’s not because I’m worried about the Johnny-Come-Latelies hijacking the Gaiman bandwagon. He’s too big for this to be a break out piece of work. Instead, I need to say that because this review will be so gushing, so enthusiastic and so pro-Gaiman that anyone would think I had gone into this with low expectations and been surprised by an unknown and unexpected quantity.
So let it be noted that this is not the case. I am well aware of Neil Gaiman’s talent. He can be directly credited with my love of comics (in the same way that without A New Hope I wouldn’t love Film, without Sandman I would never have discovered, or grown to love, comics). His writing, especially his children’s books and short story collections, is wonderful and his blog is brilliant. I love the films he has been involved with, whether as writer (Mirrormask), translator (Princess Mononoke) or as creator (Coraline, Stardust). He is one of my favourite authors, and I would purchase anything and everything he puts out.
The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory answer a Time Lord distress signal from a junk-yard beyond the universe, and meet the mysterious and beautiful Idris, in a story penned by top fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. But does it live up to the hype?
Join us as we discuss kisses to the past, exploring the TARDIS, the identity of Idris and much more!
This edition’s commentators:
Caleb, Peter and James.
What did you think – was this the best new series episode yet? Will this story change the way you see the show forever? What other parts of the TARDIS would you like to see on screen? Let us know your thoughts, in the comments below, or on Twitter, Facebook or by email.