Doctor Who will have a rather short run in 2012; only five episodes and a Christmas special are slated to air. The first of those episodes, "Asylum of the Daleks," premiered last Saturday, while the second, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," is slated to air this Saturday, September 8. The third episode of series 7 is a western-themed jaunt titled "A Town Called Mercy," and you know what? It looks pretty cool.
The episode sees the Doctor, along with companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) visiting a town in the American "wild west," where they encounter a vengeful cyborg known as the Gunslinger (Andrew Brooke), who sets a deadly eye upon the Doctor.
The episode will be penned by Toby Whithouse, who penned previous episodes such as "School Reunion," "The Vampires of Venice," and "The God Complex," for the second, fifth, and sixth series of the show, respectively. While "The God Complex" was surprisingly good, "A Town Called Mercy" looks like it might be the most promising out of Whithouse's Doctor Who resume.
Some new promotional photos have been released for the new episode, featuring a look at the Gunslinger, a very leggy Amy, and the Doctor riding a horse. Some behind-the-scenes photos of the filming are also included in the set that was released.
You can check all of the images out on the next page.
Doctor Who will air its next episode, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," Saturday, September 8 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. "A Town Called Mercy" will air the following week, on September 15.