'Doctor Who' Season 7 episode 12 review: 'Nightmare in Silver' - Cybermen, Neil Gaiman-style

If this week's "Doctor Who" felt faster, fizzier and more imaginative than the recent norm it's because author Neil Gaiman ("Coraline," "Neverwhere") was back to ace his second stint writing for the show.Gaiman's "The Doctor's Wife" -- in which the TARDIS took human-like form and bantered with the Doctor -- was a standout back in 2011. He follows that marvel with an only slightly less impressive installment re-imagining the Cybermen.They're one of the Doctor's greatest foes, but we haven't seen the Cybermen since "Closing Time," the penultimate episode of Season 6. Now they're back -- and upgraded -- for the penultimate episode of Season 7. In Gaiman's script, the lumbering robo-warriors are lightning fast terrors reawakened from slumber by icky little Cyber-mites to wreak havoc in a rundown outer space amusement park. There's nary a "You will be deleted" to be heard.However, the true genius twist of "Nightmare in Silver" isn't the revamped Cybermen (though...



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