Doctor Who Review: A Town Called Mercy
The Doctor, Rory and Amy take a slight wrong turn and end up in the mysterious Western town of Mercy.
Best Moment: Theepisode features some nice headnods to old Western movies. I particularly loved the Doctor ordering “Tea. The strong stuff.” It was also nice seeing Ben Browder return to the genre, even if he was a tad underused. Oh yes, and I cracked up at Amy’s line: Why would he want to kill you? Unless he’s met you.”
Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not really a fan of Westerns, but I love it when the genre is messed with by adding aliens, cyborgs and the like, which A Town Called Mercy does very well.
Sure the episode had some flaws. As I already mentioned, Ben Browder was underused and his fate wasn’t exactly surprising. And if you think too much about the story, you may find the occasional plot hole. For instance, why didn’t the Doctor just take Kahler Jex away on the TARDIS? Certainly, the moral question of capital punishment wasn’t fully explored, and the ending was perhaps a little too easy. Yet, despite this, the episode was still so much fun.
Filmed on the same lots as the old spaghetti westerns, you could really tell that the BBC had put some money into this week’s mini-blockbuster. There were plenty of laughs throughout the episode while still underscoring the idea that the Doctor’s increased isolation is changing him. You can really see the distance growing between him and the Ponds. I really enjoyed the ending with the new marshall. It just made me smile. Can’t wait for next week’s episode!