Silver Nemesis

Silver Nemesis
Silver Nemesis


BBC Video presents two special programmes made to commemorate The Doctor’s 25th anniversary.


By Kevin Clarke

Starring Sylvester McCoy –

Originally transmitted 23rd November – 7th December 1988.

This version contains additional previously untransmitted material.

“You mean, the world’s going to end and you’d forgotten about it?”
“I’ve been busy.”
“How long have you known?”
“Well, in strictly linear terms, as the chronometer flies, I’ve known since November 23rd 1638.”

It is 23rd November 1988. Lady Peinforte and her loyal servant Richard have travelled from the year 1638 for this moment. Herr de Flores’ dreams of establishing the Fourth Reich rest on this point in time. The Cybermen’s planned invasion of Earth is scheduled for the same time. The link between the three? The statue Nemesis, fashioned from validium – the living metal first made by Rassilon on Gallifrey and capable of bestowing the power of life and death on any individual. Can The Doctor and Ace prevent its awesome power from falling into any of their evil hands?

Produced by John Nathan-Turner

Directed by Chris Clough


Ever wondered what happens BEHIND THE SCENES during the making of Doctor Who? Just who does write the scripts? Who designs the costumes? Now’s your chance to find out in this special hour long programme which enrols you as a member of the DoctorWho team. From the earliest rehearsals to the actual recording of the programme, the making of Silver Nemesis is revealed. There are special interviews with stars Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, director Chris Clough, production manager Gary Downie and producer John Nathan-Turner who reveals his special “vision” for the programme. There’s also time to chat with the technical people who “make it all happen”, from make-up, costume and visual effects designers to the composerof the incidental music. An absolutely unique opportunity to gain an insider’s view of Doctor Who.

Produced and written by Eric Luskin

Directed by Freddie Chisholm
Episode entry


  • Silver Nemesis is the third serial of the 25th season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast in the UK in three weekly parts from 23 November 1988, (the 25th anniversary) to 7 December 1988.  Silver Nemesis reflected an attempt at a darker turn for Doctor Who storylines, with the intention being to suggest that The Doctor was not merely a wanderer in time and space, but far more significant. It is the 150th story of the series, and the last appearance of the Cybermen in the original run of Doctor Who.
  • This story had working titles of the Harbinger and Nemesis.
  • Ace states that her stereo was destroyed by the Daleks and that The Doctor built her another to replace it.
  • The Doctor will later visit his own tomb. (The Name of the Doctor)

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