Doctor Who Sneak Peek: Meet the Gunslinger from "A Town Called Mercy"
We're approaching the middle of Doctor Who's five-episode 2012 run. Saturday will see the premiere of the third episode of series 7, the western-set "A Town Called Mercy," which will see the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), and Rory (Arthur Darvill) journeying to a town in the American wild west that is being terrorized by a cyborg known only as the Gunslinger. The townspeople, though initially suspicious of the Doctor and his British companions, eventually appoint him as sheriff, allowing him to invent a plan to rid Mercy of its gun-armed assailant.
A new sneak peek from the episode gives us a bit of a clue into the Gunslinger's motivations. The scene, quite possibly the first of the episode, features the Gunslinger hunting down a man in the middle of the desert, blasting away with the futuristic cannon attached to his arm. The man, bearing a strange facial tattoo, attempts to run away but is told to "Make peace with your god" by the Gunslinger.
"He used to be your God, too," the victim says, hinting that before becoming a cyborg, the Gunslinger was also one of these weird facially-tattooed guys. In fact, if you look closely, the Gunslinger appears to have a similar tattoo under his left eye.
"Not anymore," the Gunslinger replies, and when his victim tries to fight back, he shoots him right in the stomach. It's surprisingly violent for Doctor Who, but the clip doesn't show the Gunslinger's victim die of the shot. He asks if he's the last of the men the Gunslinger is looking for, to which the cyborg replies that there is one more. He's talking, of course, about Kahler Jax, a man with a similar tattoo who we have seen as a member of Mercy -- and thus the reason for the Gunslinger's occupation there.
It's a pretty dark video, but then again, "A Town Called Mercy" promises to be a dark episode. You can watch the sneak peek below.
Doctor Who will air "A Town Called Mercy" this Saturday, September 15, on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.