Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who Episode Guide: A Town Called Mercy

"Like all the best westerns, this is a tale of one man standing against impossible odds and his own personal demons..."

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A Town Called Mercy

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Written by: Toby Whithouse
Directed by: Saul Metzstein
Guest stars:
Andrew Brooke (the Gunslinger), Ben Browder (Isaac) and Adrian Scarborough (Kahler Jex)

“Could everyone who’s not an American drop their weapon!” 

A tale of war, betrayal and vengeance, converging on one small town in the Old West – a town under siege. Just crossing the boundary line summons a not-quite-human killer from the desert heat haze. 

The Doctor finds himself not just in the crossfire of an ancient conflict (a cyborg killer and an alien fugitive) but faced with a moral dilemma. Which side should he take? Who really is the victim here? This time, though, the Doctor doesn’t seem to care. Has the Time Lord been alone too long? Have the long days of travelling between his adventures with the Ponds taken their toll? Because for one of the few times in his long life, the Doctor takes a gun…

Like all the best westerns, this is a tale of one man standing against impossible odds and his own personal demons. And like all the best westerns, it was shot in Spain. And like all the best dramas, it was written by Tony Whithouse. 

Come back tomorrow to read Steven Moffat’s episode guide to The Power of Three. If you can’t bear to wait that long, read them all now in this week’s Radio Times magazine – out now priced £1.40

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