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"Doctor Who" A Town Called Mercy (TV Episode 2012) Poster

(TV Series)

(2012)

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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).
Toby Whithouse stated the hardest scene to write was where the Doctor is forced to use a gun, because the Doctor is a pacifist and he would need "the right sort of emotional journey".
Much of the episode was filmed around the desert area of Almería, Spain, where studios have built Wild West-style streets that have been used in the making of over 100 Western-set films, such as The Dollars Trilogy.
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Filming the episode in Spain was cheaper than constructing a set in the UK.
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While Matt Smith was allowed to try riding the horse, most of the action shown in the episode was done by his stuntman.
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For this episode, the title logo's texture had a wooden look with gunshots, representing the story's Western setting.
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It took about three and a half hours for Andrew Brooke to have all his make-up applied. Due to the costume, Brooke had to act with just his left eye.
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Ben Browder accepted his role because his children were fans of the series and he also wanted to do a western.
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The Doctor's confrontation with the townspeople outside the jail was inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
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The major change made to the episode was the elimination of a hauntingly beautiful melody emanated by Kahler-Tek, which typically presaged his arrival. Originally, Kahler-Jex eventually revealed that this was music he played during the torturous operation which created a cyborg, in order to drown out the subject's screams.
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An early version saw the cyborg killed off partway through the story, which then focussed on the true villain of the piece, Kahler-Jex. This approach was soon inverted, with Kahler-Jex shot to death by Isaac's mad father George, and the drama of the final act generated by the cyborg seeking to punish the town that had deprived him of his revenge. This culminated in the Doctor confronting Kahler-Tec with the projected image of a woman named Kahler-San, who wore the same pendant as the cyborg. Although Kahler-Tec saw through the deception, it was enough to convince him to halt his assault on the people of Mercy.
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Scott Bakula was first offered the role of Isaac but dates clashed with other projects.
Originally, Rory was the one in favour turning Issac over to the gunslinger.
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Working titles for this story included The Gunslinger and Mercy.
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This was the first episode of the BBC Wales revival whose visual effects were not credited to The Mill.
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This episode takes place in 1870.
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Steven Moffat was keen on putting Matt Smith in a Western setting, who he called one of the last people one would expect to replace Clint Eastwood.
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Issac was initially a robot, but quickly became a cyborg (called Kahler-Tec, then modified slightly to Kahler-Tek) because Toby Whithouse felt this offered greater emotional depth.
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The Wild West has not been a setting for a Doctor Who episode since the "The Gunfighters" in 1966. Toby Whithouse was advised not to watch The Gunfighters by the other writers, who said it was "not exactly the jewel in the crown"
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This is the first episode not to feature the TARDIS interior since "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".
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