REVIEW: A Town Called Mercy

Continuing on with our weekly fan reviews of each of season 7 episodes, we now turn our attention to the third episode of the season, “A Town Called Mercy

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? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.

Gary Phillips, UK:
After last week’s debacle, A Town Called Mercy sets Season 7 back on track.  After last year’s unremarkable God Complex, Toby Whithouse is back on form and gives us a morality play in a western setting.  Adrian Scarborough was superb as the alien Doctor Kahler Jax as was Andrew Brooke as The Gunslinger, neither of whom were entirely evil.  The Doctor got a chance to show his darker side.  Saul Metstein’s direction was much improved though he is still nothing special. 8/10

Ian Wheeler, UK:
Three good episodes in a row – it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that about Doctor Who. Strong roles for Amy and Rory and an ethical decision for the Doctor. Very derivative of all sorts of things, ranging from Red Dwarf to The Terminator, but all done with great style. For once, the show really did look like a movie. This was The Gunfighters done right. 7/10

Misha Lauenstein,Canada:
Since the relaunch with Rose, I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a single episode that I didn’t like, but this week’s episode just didn’t click with me.  On paper it seems to push many of the right Doctor Who buttons, but overall I just wasn’t convinced by the episode. Character motivation either wasn’t clear or changed partway through, and the townspeople just didn’t seem believable.  5/10



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