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Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy

The Doctor, Rory, and Amy arrive in the Old West and find the town of Mercy under siege by a ruthless cyborg gunslinger who refuses to let anyone leave unless they turn over the "alien doctor" to them.


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x3
Airdate: Saturday September 15th, 2012


Alternate Airdates:

AU (ABC) Sep 22, 2012

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (14 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Andrew BrookeAndrew Brooke
As The Gunslinger
Adrian ScarboroughAdrian Scarborough
As Kahler-Jex
Dominic KempDominic Kemp
As Kahler-Mas
Byrd WilkinsByrd Wilkins
As The Preacher
Garrick HagonGarrick Hagon
As Abraham
Ben BrowderBen Browder
As Isaac
Sean BenedictSean Benedict
As Dockery
Rob CavazosRob Cavazos
As Walter
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill
As Rory Williams

Recap

Somewhere in the desert, a cyborg advances on Kahler-Mas, its orders to terminate. It tells Kahler-Mas to make peace with his gods, and his target says they were once the cyborg's gods as well. The cyborg dismisses his statement, and then shoots Kahler-Mas when he goes for his weapon. When the cyborg prepares to kill him, Kahler-Mas asks if he's the last one and his killer informs him that there is one more... the Doctor...

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Episode Notes
This week's episode uses an Old West wooden-themed logo.


Filmed in Spain



Episode Quotes
The Girl: When I was a child, my favorite story was about a man who lived forever, but whose eyes were heavy with all he'd seen. A man who fell from the stars.

Amy: Look at this. It's a load of stone and lumps of wood. (the Doctor scans it) What is it?
The Doctor: A load of stone and lumps of wood.

Rory: Uh, the sign does say, "keep out."
The Doctor: I see "keep out" signs as suggestions more than actual orders. Like "dry clean only."

The Doctor: Anachronistic electricity, "keep out" signs, aggressive stares. Has someone been peeping at my Christmas list?

Amy: Oh, so you're not even a tiny bit curious?
The Doctor: Why would I be curious? It's a mysterious space cowboy assassin. Curious, of course I'm not curious.

The Doctor: Can I borrow your horse, please? It's official marshal business.
The Preacher: He's called Joshua. It's from the Bible. It means "The Deliverer."
The Doctor: No he isn't.
The Preacher: What?
The Doctor: I speak horse. His name is Susan and he wants you to respect his life choices.

Computer: Thank you for choosing Abaraxas Security Software, incinerating intruders for three centuries.

The Doctor: We can end this right now. We can save everyone right now.
Amy: This is not how we roll and you know it. What's happened to you, Doctor? When did killing someone become an option?
The Doctor: Jex has to answer for his crimes.
Amy: And what then? Are you going to hunt down everyone who's made a gun or bullet or a bomb?
The Doctor: But they keep coming back, don't you see? Every time I negotiate, I try to understand. Well, not today, no. Today I honor the victims first. His, the Master's, the Daleks', all the people who died because of my mercy.

The Doctor: Frightened people. Give me a Dalek any day.

Kahler-Jex: In my culture, we believe that when you die, your spirit has to climb a mountain carrying the souls of everyone you wronged in your lifetime. Imagine the weight I will have to lift. The monsters I created, the people they killed. Isaac. He was my friend. Now his soul will be in my arms, too. Can you see now why I fear death? You want to hand me over, there's no shame in that. But you won't. We all carry our prisons with us. Mine is my past. Yours is your morality.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerCaroline Skinner
ProducerMarcus Wilson
EditorTim Porter
Line ProducerDiana Barton (2)
First Assistant DirectorNick Brown (4)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerHoward Burden
Make-upVivienne Simpson  |  Alison Sing  |  Sara Angharad
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorAdrian Anscombe
Location ManagerIwan Roberts
Property MasterPaul Smith (2)
Production AssistantSamantha Price  |  Rachel Vipond
Script SupervisorLindsay Grant
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMatt Mullins (2)
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsWilliam Willoughby
Stunt CoordinatorGordon Seed
Production SecretarySandra Cosfeld
Art DirectorAmy Pickwoad
Assistant Production CoordinatorGabriella Ricci
Production ManagementPhillipa Cole
Sound MixerJeff Welch
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistDeian Llyr Humphreys
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorCarly Griffith
Art Department CoordinatorDonna Shakesheff
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantJeff Dunn  |  Rhys Evans
Set DresserJayne Davies
Camera AssistantSam Smithard  |  Cai Thompson  |  Meg De Koning
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Assistant DirectorDanielle Richards
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChris J. Lees  |  Christina Tom
Unit ManagerGeraint Williams
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristGareth Spensley
Assistant Costume DesignerFraser Purfit
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerJames Scott (2)  |  Steve Rees
Assistant Art DirectorRichard Hardy
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Production BuyerCharlie Lynam
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Spriggs
Construction ManagerTerry Horle
Standby PropsHelen Atherton  |  Phill Shellard
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorJoel Skinner
Script ProducerDenise Paul
Costume AssistantGemma Evans  |  Katarina Capellazzi
ADR EditorMatthew Cox
Dressing PropsIan Griffin  |  Mike Elkins  |  Tom Belton
Sound Maintenance EngineerChris Goding
Spanish Production ManagerPere Agullo
 
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