Thanks to the BBC we’ve seen a preview of A Town Called Mercy and can tell you that this is a visually stunning episode that you will not want to miss. In fact, it’s probably the first time that Doctor Who has gone “on holiday” and the location hasn’t distracted from the fictional setting!
We’ll tell you a bit more (spoiler free, of course) below, but first, let’s have a few words about the episode with this synopsis and some words from Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.
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.
Written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Saul Metzstein, the episode was filmed on location in Almeria, Spain, the home of the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s. Says Matt Smith:
Meanwhile, Karen Gillan got quite excited using a gun.
If Rory looks scared when Amy handles a gun, you can bet that Arthur Darvill was channelling real fear!
Our preview screening of the episode allows us to tell you absolutely nothing. Nada, zip, sweet FA (not Football Association…). However, we can tell you a few reassuring things…
- Like Ben Browder? You’ll love him after this
- Is the Doctor a war criminal?
- It genuinely feels like a western; the travellers could truly be in the old west
- The Christmas connection – is this a clever Moffat meme?
- Garrick Hagon measures up well
And now, the BBC America trailer…