Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 3

A Town Called Mercy (15 Sep. 2012)

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The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg who goes by the name of The Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want?



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Episode complete credited cast:
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William Byrd Wilkins ...
The Preacher (as Byrd Wilkins)
A. Sean Benedict ...
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The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in the American wild west sometime in the 19th century. The small town has a Marshal but they're not that keen on the new arrivals. They are also under threat from an alien, a half-man half-robot hunter who is out to eliminate the Doctor. Not the we know but another, Kahler Jex, who has escaped from his world. He's done many good things for the local community but his past is somewhat questionable. When the Marshall is killed, it's left to the Doctor to decide how best to proceed. Written by garykmcd

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Not the first Doctor Who (2005) to be shot in Spain; the first were Doctor Who: The Two Doctors: Part One (1985) and Doctor Who: The Two Doctors: Part Two (1985). See more »


When the Marshall is killed by the gunslinger the doctor pins the badge to his jacket, between shots the badge moves position several times. See more »


Rory Williams: So, what do we do with Jex?
Isaac: "What do we do with him"?
Rory Williams: Yeah. I mean, he's a war criminal.
Isaac: No, he's the guy who saved the town from cholera. The guy who gave us heat and light.
Amy Pond: Look, Jex may be a criminal, and yeah, kinda creepy -...
Kahler-Jex: ...And still in the room.
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Had to force myself to finish it
22 March 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

What happens when you combine westerns, sci-fi, terrible writing and every cliché known to mankind? Unless you are completely new to television or have very low standards, expect to be disappointed because this episode is a mess.

This episode starts out promising but the quality dramatically decreases as the story progresses. Dear Toby Whithouse, for the sake of your career, remember these wise words: "The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot." -Salvador Dalí.

Here is the following scenario: Character A is going to shoot Character B for some reason. Character C jumps in front of Character B to save his life and takes the bullet. Does this scenario look familiar? That same old annoying cliché should be familiar with anyone who ever watched TV. That cliché (=ONE OF THE OLDEST IN HISTORY of TELEVISION=) has been repeated EVERYWHERE for far too many times, even in Doctor Who. It wasn't amusing the first 5000 times, so why repeated it AGAIN and AGAIN?!?

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