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Doctor Who: 703 “A Town Called Mercy” Advance Review

Reviewed by Benjamin Tavener (Creator & Editor of GeographyBase)

Warning! While I have not included any large plot twists in my review, spoiler-phobes should read ahead at their own risk!

Before I dive into this, I must say that this is not an action-packed episode of Doctor Who. Unlike last week’s “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, which was a light-hearted romp, this episode is fuelled by pure emotion. Yes action scenes are present, as you would expect from a western story, but it is the emotion that really captivates you throughout the entire episode. I know this sounds clichéd, but Doctor Who just keeps getting better and better! Would you care to know why? If you do, then keep reading for my advance verdict on “Timelord Cowboys VS Aliens”…

In terms of the plot, this episode is a very strong one, as well as one of the most unique in Doctor Who to date. Similar to “Asylum of the Daleks”, the episode begins with a narration, doing wonders to create an epic tone which is sustained throughout the episode. We get to see a glimpse of the Gunslinger within the first minute and all I can say is that he is searching for an alien doctor. The TARDIS Trio then find themselves in the middle of the Wild West, on the edge of a town called Mercy.When the Doctor, Amy and Rory see that the town is a couple of years ahead of its time, they go to seek answers from the locals. However, before so much as a welcome, the Doctor is thrown head first out of the town straight into the reach of the Gunslinger.

The story then develops when we find out there is indeed another alien doctor, called Kahler-Jex. The Gunslinger wants revenge on Jex and is prepared to tear the universe apart in order to achieve it. However, the story becomes much more emotional when the Doctor learns what Jex has done. It comes to a climax when the Doctor tries to hand (or push) Jex to the Gunslinger in order to save the town of Mercy. Amy realises that the Doctor’s moral compass must be fixed.

The acting in this episode is, quite simply, outstanding. From start to finish the actors give it their all to make this western a true heart-felt drama. In particular, I must praise Matt Smith, who once again delved into a much darker side of the character than we are used to. In one particular scene, Matt Smith puts so much anger into the character that you will be on the edge of your seats with excitement. In this scene he is holding a pistol and says he really doesn’t know what he will do. The way in which Smith delivers these lines just sends a wave of shivers down your spine. Arthur Darvill does not have a huge part to play in this story as Rory, but from his strong acting, he manages to convey that he is much more at-ease to be around the Doctor than in Whithouse’s 2010 story, “The Vampires of Venice”.

Adrian Scarborough, who plays Kahler-Jex is a brilliant addition to the cast. He works very well to convey a strong sense of innocence and makes the revelation that he is not all what he seems quite shocking. In the end, we feel sympathy for his character, when he says that his “Prisons” will be carried with him when he dies, using his eyes to show how guilty he feels. Finally, it must be said that Karen Gillan is on top of her game this week as she shows a “tough love” side to Amy which makes the Doctor snap out of his outburst of rage.

On the subject of the Gunslinger, he is used very well in this episode and has a great amount of screen time. The design is superb and it is evident that the production team put a lot of effort into it. The Gunslinger is a constant presence throughout the story and is always lingering over the distant hills, which adds to the chilling atmosphere. However, one technical aspect which I must criticise is the voice of the Gunslinger. It is very much like the voice of the Silence and is, at times, hard to hear. On the other hand, maybe this is what a half-human, half machine would sound like, realistically!

The direction in this episode is superb. I can honestly say that I would buy an 82-inch TV just to watch it. Saul Metzstein has settled into Doctor Who well and he has produced an epic. One scene, which was shot extremely well, is one of the first scenes of the episode. It involves the Doctor arriving (apparently alone) at Mercy, and then the camera slowly zooms round to reveal the Ponds in tow. This little slice of visual perfection really reflects the amazing detail present in this episode.

One aspect of this episode, which I don’t normally comment on in an advance review is the music. In the previous two episodes, the music has been somewhat of an addition to the episode. However, in “A Town Called Mercy”, the music is crucial in setting the tone. For example in the scene where the Doctor is about to have a showdown with the Gunslinger, Murray Gold manages produce a clever mix of his own style with a definite hint of the old “Spaghetti Westerns”.

Just like the last two episodes of Series 7, there is a minimal change to the opening sequence. This week, the Doctor Who logo appears in a metallic silver colour, to represent the Gunslinger, who is a Cyborg. Just after the episode title appears, the TARDIS materialises into a deep scarlett coloured vortex. This could possibly be foreshadowing the theme of war, sin and the increasing amount of rage emitted by the Doctor.

There is certainly a clear philosophical undertone to this episode. However, I would say that the main themes of the episode are war, justice and the guilt of having so much blood on your hands and the theme of life after death and how we essentially, in the words of the Doctor, “Carry our prisons with us” to the next life.

In conclusion, this episode is pretty much everything you could want out of a western movie, packed into a 45-minute episode. However, although this episode is, in my opinion as good as last week’s, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, it does lack the action-packed pace and running down corridors. On the other hand, it could be said that this emotion-packed episode is a milestone for the development of everyone’s favourite Timelord and of course one of the most blockbuster film like episodes of Doctor Who ever written. We take our Stetsons off to you, Mr Whithouse!

Best Quote:

The Doctor (Talking about Kahler Jex): “Two alien doctors. We’re like buses!”

Episode Rating:  9/10

Essential Info:

UK Airdate: 15th September 2012 (BBC One & BBC One HD)

Written by Toby Whithouse   Directed by Saul Metzstein

Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Pond-Williams), Ben Browder (Isaac), Adrian Scarborough (Kahler-Jex), Dominic Kemp (Kahler-Mas), Garrick Hagon (Abraham), Rob Cavazos (Walter), Andrew Brooke (The Reckoner) and Joanne McQuinn (Sadie), Byrd Wilkins (The Preacher), Sean Benedict (Dockery)

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  • You_Belong_To_Us

    Ugh, we’ve migrated here again. Warning, PREPARE TO BE TROLLED!

    • Cerebral Assassin

      Best ignore them.

      • You_Belong_To_Us

        And ignore them I shall! I ain’t afraid of no troll!

        • Cerebral Assassin

          Who ya gonna call? TROLLBUSTERS!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

          I’ll upvote everyone’s comments to balance things out a bit. Build a barricade, so to speak. Whovians, unite to build a barricade of Upvotes! And possible of Jelly Babies…
          Like the Assassin said…
          TROLLBUSTER WHOVIANS UNITE!

  • The Questor

    I haven’t read this… at all. Well, apart from the opening paragraph and your rating. 9/10. This has got me excited. I have a feeling it will be a cracker of an episode.

    I`ll probably read this review afterwards, I don’t particularly want to spoil what I think will be a great episode.

  • TimeyWimey

    Wow! Amazing! Can’t wait! Love this review! Too many emotions! *collapses*

  • SuperCalebxy

    I mentally screamed in terror when I read “Reviewed at Cult Fix.”

    • The Questor

      Why?

      • TimeyWimey

        Dislike trolls

      • SuperCalebxy

        Because of the trolls who dislike all the comments.

        • The Questor

          Oh right. Never really used CultFix before. Tested the dislike button there. I don’t like it.

          • The Questor

            Oh you can like your own comment. How rather… fetching!

          • The Artist

            Oh, excellent. I have the strangest feeling that I am going to post more comments than absolutely necessary on here….

          • SuperCalebxy

            Well there was quite a big thing about it last week. There seemed to be several trolls disliking virtually all the comments. It was highly annoying. And now we also can’t see who’s liked or disliked a comment.

          • The Questor

            I think I`ll cry if this disqus reaches DWTV. The only positive is the quick replies, so you don’t need to refresh. I do like that tbh.

          • SuperCalebxy

            Me too. Everything updates in real time, actually, which is quite cool and useful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      Completely off topic, but…
      How do you create a DWTV disqus account, as my FB doen’t work with it…

      • SuperCalebxy

        Just above the comments on Doctor Who TV, there should be a button saying DISQUS. Click on that, and you should find a button saying Log In. Click on that, and then a small window should come up. Below the area where you type your username and password, there’s an option which says: “or Register a new Disqus profile”. That’s what you want, I think.

  • You_Belong_To_Us

    Sounds fantastic. I really hope I get to watch it live as there’s someone’s birthday then. I really like this uncharacteristic-yet-effective ‘dark Doctor’ thing going on, reminds me of McCoy’s era.

  • AmyPondIsAwesome

    Sounds fantastic. It’s got a lot to live up to following the last two stellar episodes but I have faith in Toby Whithouse.

  • SilurianGod23

    I’ll say it if no one else will, this looks like the best episode of series 7! :D

  • SuperCalebxy

    I didn’t quite read the whole review, but my expectations for this episode just doubled.

    • The Artist

      It will rise so much higher, and then fall further than ever before… I sincerely hope not.

  • The Beholder

    Yes

    We have come to CultFix land again

    I haven’t read the review yet, I’m commenting ahead. But yeah, I look forward to reading this, I hear from The Questor that its a 9/10, that must mean it is pretty good O_o

    So… Geronimo!!!

    • AmyPondIsAwesome

      Don’t worry Riddell I’ll shot the trolls. You can help too if you like.

      • The Beholder

        Trolls ahead

        Lady at my side

        About to be trolled

        Don’t think I’ve ever been happier!

        *Pew pew pew*

        (This may be a bit awkward if you’re a boy… If you’re a boy, switch “Lady” with “Friend”…. O_o)

        • AmyPondIsAwesome

          Yeah… I’m a boy xD

          • The Beholder

            Oh dear……

            O_O

          • You_Belong_To_Us

            I believe the emoticon you’re looking for is
            °⌨°

          • The Beholder

            W-wha-how do you do that??

            O_O

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

            It appears to be a radio with eyes, if I’m not mistaken…

          • You_Belong_To_Us

            Found the symbols on teh ‘Net. ツ

          • The Beholder

            Ooooh

          • Eternalite

            Really? And to believe I though you were Amy Pond…

  • You_Belong_To_Us

    Hey, the trolls aren’t here! *touches wood*

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      THAT IS MAHOGANY!

    • The Beholder

      If we wait for them…

      … They will come

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

        The oncoming storm…
        Of trolls.
        God help us all when it hits….

        • The Beholder

          The Last Great Troll War

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

            On the fields of Trollsgalore…

          • The Beholder

            On the trolling of the eleventh…

          • TardisBoy

            The oldest question shall be asked…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

            A question that must never be upvoted.
            Downvotes shall fall.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

    This episode just looks better and better every minute…
    Also, just a theory – but the Doctor seems to be getting much more violent and unforgiving lately…
    Descending into madness and evil anyone?
    Valeyard anyone?
    I know the Valeyard comes between the 12th and 13th regenerations. but perhaps they could have him continuously becoming more dark as the series progresses, possibly becoming a season crossing story ark, leading up to the 50th…
    It would also be a good way to get old doctors back…
    Brought through time to fight the evil incarnation of the Doctor…
    Thoughts, anyone?

    • You_Belong_To_Us

      As I said below, it reminds me of the McCoy era.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

        I haven’t actually seen many McCoy episodes, except Remembrance and the clip “Fight like animals, die like animals…” from Survival. I must watch some though. Anyone got any recommendations?

        • IAmADalek

          The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. It’s an excellent story! :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

            Ah, yes. I was considering getting that.

          • IAmADalek

            Please do! :)

        • You_Belong_To_Us

          Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric or Survival. Ghost Light isn’t a perfect story, but it delves deeper into the Doctor’s character, like the other two.

  • The Beholder

    Also, the new title sounds very interesting :O

    • You_Belong_To_Us

      It’ll probably be like the Series 5/6 one, just silvery. Well, at least there’s no gunshot holes :P

  • TardisBoy

    Wow this review has doubled my excitement for the episode :D It sounds like another fantastic Toby Whithouse story :D

    Bring on Saturday!!!! :D

    • The Beholder

      Indeed

      This time we won’t have *Shivers* special occasions on…..

      • TardisBoy

        Not for me :( I’ll have to watch the rest of the series on iPlayer as I’ll be moving into my university accommodation on Friday :/

        • The Beholder

          I suddenly don’t want to go to university O_O

          Only joking. I desperately want to go to university and study creative writing and the like. In fact, I’ve started writing the first chapter of my story for TheSoundofDinosaurs 8th Doctor series (In case you’re interested, its called “The Horror of Teladon Peaks”), so I’m hoping that’ll give me some practice on whats to come :)

          • TardisBoy

            That’s exactly what I’m studying :D though mine is a combined course, Film with Creative Writing..

            And good luck with your story I love the title :D

          • The Beholder

            Thanks :D

            I’m enjoying writing this :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Lycett/575952473 Chris Lycett

            Hey. I’ve just done a degree in exactly that. I found that the Creative Writing stuff was amazing. Didn’t feel like studying to me. The Film course however drove me mad. Database Narrative! Douglas Sirk! Too much darned analysis. If you love films like I do, the course will drain that out of you for a few years. Wish I could go back and just do the Writing. Good luck sir. Have fun.

          • The Beholder

            Ooooh :D

            May I ask, whats involved with the Creative Writing stuff? Just to get a taste of what I’m in for :)

          • Ghost of Christmas Present

            I want to go to Cardiff University. Not for any particular reason other than I’d love to live in Cardiff…

          • The Beholder

            Cool :P

            I actually live near a university O_O (When I say near, I mean within a 1 mile radius) So I won’t have much trouble getting there and home :P

  • IAmADalek

    Excellent review! I have a strong feeling this might just be my favourite episode of this half of the series. Mr Whithouse is an excellent writer and he has NEVER let me down before.

    Not excited about the logo. I wanted bullet holes! :(

  • NightRises

    So cult fix comments section… We meet again.

    • The_Asylum

      I do not like it….

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/jenfirelight Bad Wolf Jen

    Oooo, this is great. I’m really looking forword to this episode.

  • TardisBoy

    How excited are whovians for this episode?

    Out of ten?

    Eleven

    XD

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      I guess someone had to say it.

      • The Beholder

        This is… New….

        Two dislikes. The troll has brought a pal……

        • The Artist

          Still have my sonic blaster… If needed….

    • The Artist

      Was that another well-placed point in the time-space continuum?

  • Cerebral Assassin

    Trolls I got 3 words for ya…… Come at me……. brooooooo

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      Technically four words…
      You have been charged. Your punishment shall either be death or exile. What shall you choose?

    • You_Belong_To_Us

      Bro fo so lo go do ro bo. Mo ho. Judoon language is cool.

      • The Artist

        Yes, quite so… But I think my TARDIS translator needs to be fixed….

    • Pdurston

      FACE MEEEE!!!

      • The Beholder

        Its going to feel weird not hearing The Doctor saying “… Run” after that is said in the episode O_o

        I have watched the march trailer far too much…….

        • You_Belong_To_Us

          It’s not as bad as ‘Where are we? Spaceship, right?’ or ‘Who killed all the Daleks?’ ‘Who do you think?’

    • The Beholder

      Its hilarious how there’s a little troll war going on here

      3 dislikes. Its a troll army O_o

      But luckily, we have more warriors on our side. There are two of us for one troll

  • Larry067

    I have to say, although I don’t usually like westerns, this looks and sounds like it will be on par with, or even better than The God Complex

  • WillAtkinson

    I take it back!Its not dull!

  • gameguy523

    Whitehouse, you son of a gun you!

    • You_Belong_To_Us

      *Son of a Gunslinger

  • Pdurston

    Toby Whithouse looks like he’s done it again! I’m seriously pleased that I read this. I never got this level of anticipation waiting for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship but I’ve definitely got it for A Town Called Mercy.
    I’ve been excited by this episode from day one. Looks like my wait for it will pay off this Saturday. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      I must say, I was more excited about DOAS, but my expectations have risen much higher than mine were for DOAS were…

  • Sidrat091011

    Wow! I wasn’t too sure what to expect, maybe a cheesy western spoof, from the trailer, but I am so glad to see that isn’t so! Highly anticipating this for next Saturday now!

  • You_Belong_To_Us

    Hey, I’ve reached 400 likes. Good to know.

    • TheDarkLordDeep

      Well done!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TEHEmmie Marlena

    These comments confuse me!!!
    I must say, this episode sounds fantastic! I’m intrigued by Jex and the Gunslinger, and I can’t wait to see the Doctor’s dark half, as well as Amy snapping him out of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

    Off topic, but how do you create a Disqus account for DWTV?

    • Chris

      Umm you just type a comment on DWTV, done :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

        I know, but my FB account doesn’t work with DWTV…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

        It says “post as” though, implying you have to sign in…

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

          And I’d rather have an account like SuperCalexby or Pdurston has. That is a disqus account, right…?
          That kind of account – not just FB…

          • SuperCalebxy

            Calebxy, not Calexby. :P But thanks for the mention! :D I love it when I get mentioned. :D

          • The Beholder

            *Goes to sit in cornor*

        • Chris

          Ah well you are not signed in to disqus when you go on that so sign in then save your password to the website, the option appears when you sign in.

  • Chris

    Good review, I think the vortex represents the doctor going darker.

  • That Awkward Silent

    Sounds good. Still unsure why these reviews are on Cult fix and not Doctor Who TV.

  • IAmADalek

    It appears the troll has sort of returned.

    • You_Belong_To_Us

      BUT I TOUCHED WOOD!

      • IAmADalek

        They always survive, while I like everything.

        • The Beholder

          They always *dislike

          • IAmADalek

            Yeah, but we thought they’d gone for good. *shakes head solemnly* Looks like that wasn’t to be.

    • SuperCalebxy

      Nooo!

      Wait, I know what to do! We prepared for this last time. Ok, time to active plan “Troll defence.” Apparently I’m bait… Ok then.

      Look at me I’m a target!!!!

      • The Beholder

        I love how this comment was disliked, now it’s like you really are a target XD

        And also, I am Riddell now :D

  • WhovianOne

    Wasn’t looking very forward to this episode but now after reading this review for it I cant bloody wait for it!!! :D

  • The Beholder

    It would appear the disliker is at work…

    Everyone, grab a stun gun!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      I prefer to fight with a willpower powered green ring…
      But a stun gun would be good also…

    • You_Belong_To_Us

      Will my Anti-Troll Fluid Neutraliser™ work?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

        Probably – better test it though…

    • IAmADalek

      The comments must be cleansed! The Predator of the Internet will be deployed!

    • TardisBoy

      I have the perfect weapon ;)

      • The Beholder

        You are the Gunslinger

        You will always be armed….

        • TardisBoy

          ahaaa I see what you did there XD

      • You_Belong_To_Us

        Nefertiti would like you.

        Sorry, that was beneath me.

        • The Beholder

          Nefertiti would applaud your choice of words in the last sentence….

    • AmyPondIsAwesome

      Already got one :)

      • The Beholder

        Shut up and shoot!

        *Pew pew pew pew pew pew*

        Duck!

        *Pew pew pew*

        • You_Belong_To_Us

          Goose!

          *Pew pew pew pew*

  • Chris

    6000 Comments! That’s nice. I joined around night terrors so 6000 in one year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.tavener Benjamin Tavener

    Hello everyone, I’m glad you enjoyed reading my review. I am here to stay at Cult Fix as I am going to be writing spoiler-free reviews for you each week! Check back next Sunday for my review of “The Power of Three”!

    • AmyPondIsAwesome

      How have you already seen them, may I ask?

    • TimeyWimey

      This was amazing. Great job.
      Out of curiosity, have you already seen ‘The Power Of Three’? Is it good?

      • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.tavener Benjamin Tavener

        I have not seen “The Power of Three” yet, no. However, I should be able to see it by tomorrow or Tuesday.

        • TimeyWimey

          I envy you Benjamin. I truly do. :D

    • The Beholder

      You have done a great job at reviewing these episode

      Your review for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship fitted the episode perfectly, so this review has doubled my anticipation for A Town Called Mercy :D

  • TheStranger

    Well, I’m having bad luck. It won’t let me watch Dinosaurs on IPlayer for the time being – it keeps buffering; so I’ll try again in the morning and hopefully have the review written by tomorrow night. Until then; this review has made me more excited for Mercy – great job.

    • TardisBoy

      Ahhh Doctor we meet again…….

      • IAmADalek

        Doctor? Who is this DOC-TOR?

        DOC-TOR WHO? DOC-TOR WHO? DOC-TOR WHO? DOC-TOR WHO?

        • TheStranger

          Fella, you’re never going to stop asking.

      • TheStranger

        I see you’re now the Gunslinger.

        *draws sonic screwdriver*

        Let’s duel.

        • TardisBoy

          FACE ME!!!!!

    • The Beholder

      They haven’t uploaded a standard definition version on iPlayer for some reason, so the case may be that you’ve got a slow computer/slow internet. The HD version doesn’t work so well for me either

      • Ghost of Christmas Present

        I watched it earlier in HD on full screen iPlayer and it worked perfectly..

        • The Beholder

          We all have different computers and internet speeds though :)

      • TheStranger

        I was wondering about that. I’ve tried downloading the episode for the IPlayer Desktop and all it reports is an error because apparently you need another piece of software. I downloaded that separately, thinking it might solve the issue but it still says I need to download the secondary software – again.

        And it’s not the issue of my internet connection, I don’t think, because it worked just fine with Asylum last week. It might be because it’s only the HD version that’s currently available rather than the standard version; but I’m not sure. I’ll check again in the morning.

        • The Beholder

          That’d be your best bet :)

  • You_Belong_To_Us

    I love how Doctor Who can embrace every genre. This week, western!

  • The Dark Doctor Victorious

    Aww If I was Rory’s dad I could had unused my trusty golf balls and triseratops
    But now I can use my extremely evil almost murderous dark side to destroy each and one of the trolls Meahahaha

  • Ghost of Christmas Present

    After reading this, I had a massive smile upon my face. I love emotional episodes which have true meaning, and this sounds like a very strong (emotionally) story. I’m already brimming with excitement over it! Toby Whithouse is a genius writer, and by the sounds of it, he may have just written a masterpiece… Seriously I’m unbelievably excited about this episode, as it’s the one I’ve been waiting for, like others. War, blood on their hands, guilt. Just thinking of the possibilities makes me shiver. Stories like this are the ones well worth waiting for!

    • Additi

      I agree this sounds good, I felt that Dinosaurs lacked any real emotional emotional context, the Doctor is always best when it has heart to it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/MrLazarus01 The Gene Genie

    Looks fantastic… I really can’t wait. I prefer emotion to action anyway and I love this new dark side to the Doctor.

  • TardisBoy

    It appears we have vanquished the threat, the comment section is safe once again…

  • Chris

    HA! Just realised that the robots from DOAS are the ones from Mission 2110!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002925974032 Jack Silvester

      OMG. You’re right! XD Haha, that’s brilliant! Have a Jelly Baby!

      • Chris

        Thank you. Yeah I thought this months ago then today I googled an image. You know what else is weird.

        Phil ford made the series Mission 2110 and he wrote for doctor who

        The “Roboiz” colours and rank are very similar to the daleks

        There’s another 2 to connect to the show.

    • The Beholder

      HOLY!! You’re right XD I used to watch that show XD

      • Chris

        I caught it from time to time. Weird right?

        • The Beholder

          Indeed

          I wonder if DoaS was a sneaky sequel to Mission 2110 XD

          • IAmADalek

            What ever happened in that show? Like Chris, I only caught it from time to time.

          • The Beholder

            Well, it was a sort of half game show, half drama/sci fi sort of thing. I can’t remember what happened in the last episode, but this big boss robot got kicked off the side of a boat. Then after the credits, you see its rusted claw grab the side of the boat

  • TheLonelyAssassin

    After reading this review, I must say I’m much more excited for A Town Called Mercy than I was when the first synopses came out. I love dark episodes, and it seems the Doctor’s character development is taking a darker turn, from what we’ve seen so far.

  • TardisBoy

    It appears I spoke too soon

    -_________________________-

    • The Beholder

      Indeed you did

      Wait, what are you talking about? If you’re talking about dislike trolls, then yes, you spoke too soon! There are now two troll’s roaming the comments!!

      • IAmADalek

        More trolls?

        Why do they dislike us so much? They dislike us so much! Why?

        • The Beholder

          Because we have houses (Apart from me. I have a tent)

          They have caves and bridges….

          They are envious….

      • SuperCalebxy

        Ok then, this calls for drastic action. Again!

        Look at me I’m a target!

  • Ghost of Christmas Present

    Is it weird that just reading the review I found it quite emotional because it sounds so sad?

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.tavener Benjamin Tavener

      Yes, It is a very emotional episode. I did actually cry at one point- so buy a box of tissues for saturday!

      • The Beholder

        :O

        *Talking to self* Must not ask for spoilers, must not ask for spoilers, must not ask for spoilers, must not ask for spoilers….

      • Ghost of Christmas Present

        I will do! As I said, I love emotional episodes, but with the theme of war and dealing the feelings of guilt and blood on your hands, this sounds to be really really deep, with meaning and I’m now expecting it to be a real tear jerker… Great review by the way!

        • The Beholder

          Also, another thing to keep in mind

          Toby Whithouse likes to kill people in his stories (School reunion: The orphan at the start, all the Krilitanes. The Vampires of Venice: Isabella and her father, all of the vampires. The God Complex: Joe, Howey (Is that spelt right?), Rita, the Minotaur). So there is inevitably going to be a heartbreaking scene with a death in this one :P

          • Ghost of Christmas Present

            I don’t think Toby likes killing characters off, I just think that the situations he creates, and the stories he writes need death. It’s strange, as some stories don’t require death, but have them, whereas in Whithouse’s episodes, the deaths make them what they are. Whenever someone dies in his stories, they’re never just deaths; every single one of them has meaning.
            The poor orphan who would never be missed.
            The Doctor, having to watch and realize that he’s just ended another species’ chances of survival.
            Joe, Howey and Rita all went with dignity. All were such sad deaths – especially Rita – so I don’t mind if someone dies in it, and to be honest, I’m expecting death. What I’m also expecting is their deaths to have meaning, as I don’t want them to die in vain.

          • The Beholder

            His stories require death…

            … So he writes a Western

            XD

          • Ghost of Christmas Present

            It would explain it…

  • TimeyWimey

    This is it, guys! Series 7 has been amazing, but it can only go uphill.
    ‘DOAS’ was the only episode I had any doubts about – and it was nonetheless relatively successful to my surprise (despite a few poor scenes). Now we’ve seen that Ep I feel oddly safe and relaxed. :)

    • TimeyWimey

      12 more Episodes of pure brilliance. Can’t wait.

    • AmyPondIsAwesome

      It has indeed been brilliant. Both episodes are now in my top 10 new who episodes. I definaley think that Series 7 part 1 will be my favourite Series. Even without part 2!

  • TheStranger

    I hope Doctor Who TV doesn’t implement the dislike feature; it just gets abused by pathetic scum.

    • SuperCalebxy

      My feelings exactly.

    • Ghost of Christmas Present

      I think they’re pretty pathetic.. scum is a bit harsh?

      • TimeyWimey

        What are you implying?

        • Ghost of Christmas Present

          What would I be implying?

          • TimeyWimey

            Oh, nothing.
            Sorry – I was being paranoid.
            These trolls are messing with my head.

          • SuperCalebxy

            There’s getting into our heads and making us turn against each other!

          • The Beholder

            Shut up target…..

            *Grabs head* Nooooooooooooooo!!!

        • The Beholder

          I don’t believe he’s implying anything…?

      • TheStranger

        I don’t think so. They seemingly have nothing better to than dislike comments, which are either discussing the episode, praising the review, or us just generally being sociable with each other.

        • Ghost of Christmas Present

          I wouldn’t call that scum, I’d just call that pathetic considering that they’ve obviously got nothing better to do…

          • TheStranger

            Still, their presence is unwanted. Maybe ‘scum’ is a bit strong. I’ll just say ‘unwanted’ then.

        • TimeyWimey

          It makes me feel quite paranoid. It’s like an Agatha Christie novel. Any one of us could be the troll! And we would remain completely anonymous. Scared, right now. Very scared.

          • TheStranger

            A Weeping Angel scared? All hope is lost.

            I don’t anyone of us would deliberately dislike someone else’s comment. We would either ignore it, or reply in a friendly enough manner, respecting their opinion but expressing our disagreement.

    • The Beholder

      Exactly

      But I think Doctor Who TV is trying their best not to update the DISQUS they’re using now :)

    • http://twitter.com/flynn4red Max Jelbart

      Pathetic scum is a bit harsh.

  • LevenThumps

    While this may not have as much action, I think it looks like a better episode than DOAS. I’m not saying Dinosaurs on a Spaceship was bad (far from it), but this one seems to take it a step further.

    • SuperCalebxy

      This one seems to be well described with a word I’ve been using a fair bit lately. Masterful. Of course, I haven’t seen it, but it seems like that. DoaS was a very good episode in my opinion. It was very fun and enjoyable entertainment, but I wouldn’t at all say it was masterful. A Town Called Mercy, however, does seem to be.

      • gameguy523

        Oho Masterful!? Where i migrate from (IGN) that’s the highest praise haha. This does look amazing though!

        • The Beholder

          I love how everyone’s treating DWTV and CultFix like fantasy lands.

          DWTV is a big castle, where all the powerful people hang out and chat with each other

          On rare occasions, these powerful people stray into the woods of CultFix. A lovely place, but home to the deadly Trolls. They bring weapons and fight these trolls, whilst trying to make decent conversation

          Occasionally, people will migrate from their homeland (IGN, etc) and travel to the woods of CultFix and DWTV Castle, in search of fame, friends, and decent chats

          Hope you enjoyed my little summery there XD

          • gameguy523

            Haha that was an amazing summary XD

            Honestly though, this is such a great community :) It’s quickly becoming a second home on the internet haha.

          • The Beholder

            Second home?

            So, wait, its not normal for me to consider DWTV as my first home…?

            O______________________________O

          • The Questor

            Out of the comfort zone of Doctor Who TV. And now I`m lost. And there’s a bridge. Cross back on it to Doctor Who TV!

            So first of all came the The Questor to cross the bridge.

            “Trip, trap, trip, trap! ” went the bridge.

            “Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll!

          • The Beholder

            XD

            We could rewrite the fairy tales!

      • LevenThumps

        I agree completely with you. I just couldn’t get the right word, which you have found. Thank you!

  • Ghost of Christmas Present

    If this lives up to the hype, I find it hard to believe Moffat could ever top this with The Angels Take Manhattan…

    • The Beholder

      But he will….

      They usually keep a little bit more of the budget for the final episode, so we’ve probably got one hell of a story lined up for episode 5, cause this will be the first BIG big Weeping Angel story :D

      • http://twitter.com/AnttiBjorklund Antti Björklund

        Big as in… Statue of Liberty big?

        • The Beholder

          Perhaps

      • SuperCalebxy

        The Angels two-parter in series 5 was a big Weeping Angels story. Though admittedly not as big as this upcoming one seems to be, but it was still one of the biggest stories of that series.

        • The Beholder

          Hmmmmm. Thats true

          But Graham Norton interrupted that one :O

          I swear, if that annoying little animation pops up in the Ponds actual exit…..

      • Ghost of Christmas Present

        It’s not about the budget. It’s about the story.

        • The Beholder

          I know, but with a budget, they have more ‘freedom’ to do what they want. Its not limited down

          • Ghost of Christmas Present

            I don’t think a budget will ever limit Toby, because as he said: “Being Human has a very small budget and can hardly afford another biscuit to put on the table.”

  • Esterath MkII

    Sounds emotional. My excitement is doubled for this episode!

  • Esterath MkII

    This will probably be the only chance to this. I still can;t comment on DWTV> Seems I won’t be forgiven. =( Sorry for what I did, very sorry. I hope DWTV can forgive me. We all make mistakes and the spoiler I posted wasn’t even true anyway.

    • SuperCalebxy

      What did you do?

      • TardisBoy

        She posted on DWTV that on the official casting it said that President Nixon was returning in AOTD, which led to a lot of people getting angry with her for posting it, even though it was on the casting list, so obviously she didnt know it was a spoiler, it was an easy mistake to make.

        It turned out to be false anyway and she is still banned.

        • SuperCalebxy

          Oh yeah, I remember that.

          • Esterath MkII

            And Pdurston hates me now. Called me a troll. Even though it wasn’t true.

        • bluebox444

          That seems extremely unfair.

        • Esterath MkII

          She? I’m a boy! Where did you get the ‘she’ from. Also I said that Harvey from AOTD was the Predator.

    • TardisBoy

      Indeed Moffat told the media to spread that rumour so the Oswin spoilers didn’t get out. :/ It seems completely unfair that you’re still banned for this, seeing how it was published on the official website

    • Ghost of Christmas Present

      Seems a bit harsh…

    • The Beholder

      I can only hope they’ve forgotten about you

      I know how bad that sounds, but that is the only hope you have for now. I remember being banned for two weeks because I offended DWTV. It wasn’t a pleasant experience :/ TheSoundofDinosaurs guided me through that tough time, and gave me some advice. I’ll pass this advice onto you

      Have you emailed DWTV in apology? If you haven’t, then do it. They’ll only know you’re sorry if you personally apologize to them. I remember I emailed them and they didn’t get back until they unbanned me, so if they don’t reply to your email, then it doesn’t mean they haven’t read it

      In the email, explain how it has been a misunderstanding, how you are new and didn’t know what you were doing, and all that

      I think thats all you can do really. Make the apology sincere, and if you’re accepted back, then try your best not to do anything like that again

      Hope it all works out :)

      • Esterath MkII

        Yes, I sent them an email two weeks ago. Still no reply. I hope Pdurston will forgive me, he seemed upset by it. Called me a troll. God, that was a horrible night.

        • The Beholder

          I would think he’d forgive you. He’s usually a nice guy

          • Esterath MkII

            Could anyone talk to Pdurston for me tell him I’m sorry. I’d be very grateful. If you manage to could you tell about it here? Many thanks.

          • The Beholder

            I will. He’s not online at the moment, but as soon as I see him, I’ll have a word

          • Esterath MkII

            Thank you, nice to have a friend who I can trust and count on.

          • The Beholder

            No problem :)

            I’m helping you because I know what it feels like to be banned from the site, its not a pleasant experience :/

  • Ghost of Christmas Present

    I must say, for the first time ever, I will be steering well clear of any spoilers for this episode. It’s just too good to be spoiled. I normally search for spoilers… Not this time!

  • IAmADalek

    I hope the new IATD is used in this episode. We’ve only heard it (very briefly) in Asylum of the Daleks. Of course, there were some brilliant variations in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, but I am eagerly awaiting to hear the new one in all it’s glory. :D

  • The Horde of Travesties

    cant wait for this episode!

  • RoryPond

    This episode looks way better than I expected. Roll on Saturday! :D

  • 1844

    I’m saying it “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” was bad. The characters were wooden, the dialogue unbelievable and the storyline rushed. Why should I can whether Nefertiti lives or dies. What’s the point of Riddell? Is he some stand in for Captain Jack because Barrowman is too busy.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TheLostTsundere The Oncoming Hurricane

      Riddell’s not a stand in for Jack. There are a few substantial differences between them. That’s like saying a companion is a stand in for another companion because they do most of the same things.

  • The_Asylum

    WHAT HAPPENED TO DOCOR WHO TV? How did I get here?

    • SuperCalebxy

      You must have activated the teleport.

  • bluebox444

    A 9/10 rating from Cultfix! We must be in for a rare treat.

  • lp229

    Can’t wait for this. Moffat and the team have written outstanding episodes so far, and this seems to add to the trend.

  • WhoviLantern

    Those you knew as Jack Silvester has regenerated…
    And got a job as a Green Lantern.
    Thanks for helping me get an account Calebxy for assisting me in getting an account.

  • http://twitter.com/Gidz_v2 Gideon Harris

    When I saw the first trailer, I was worried that this was going to be a episode that (though may not be bad) adds very little to the whole progression of the series/characters but my worries have been alleviated

  • Esterath MkII

    @TheBeholder42:disqus Did u get to talk to Pdurston? If so what did he say?

  • Esterath MkII

    @TheBeholder42:disqus Can I ask again, did u talk to Pdurston? If not/so could you tell him to come here, so me and Pdurston can talk things over?

  • Esterath MkII

    Excellent episode!

  • Esterath MkII

    Pdurston, can you hear me? I need to talk to you! Pdurston!

  • Esterath MkII

    @ThePowerofTheCherub:disqus Think I’ll just give up waiting now. It’s been a month still no reply from DWTV. The Twelve Year-Old Deaf Boy Who Waited.

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