A Town Called Mercy is yet another episode which toys with the Doctors range of emotions and morals. It also gives us a new view on 'villans', some may be doing bad things for a reason, and we don't give them a chance to explain... maybe that is what, to me, makes this episode one of the best from the new series.
As much as some fans could argue that I could easily compare this to the classic episode 'The Gunslingers' it really doesn't compare. The only similarity is that it is set a Western town and that the Doctor wears a stetson (again).
The general story but Toby Whithouse is an amazing one, I wasn't a fan of his previous episode 'The God Complex' so I didn't expect that much from this episode - but I was proved wrong, it's a brilliant episode and the main praise has to go to Whithouse for making such a originally complex seeming storyline into something that slow unwinds to a masterpiece of morals!
We not only have superb writing but we have a great cast in this episode too. The usual great acting of Matt, Karen and Arthur is supported by Ben Browder as Isaac, the town's Sheriff and Adrian Scarborough as Kahler Jex. Not only did Adrian as an actor have me convinced his character was a 'kind' doctor right up until it was blatantly pointed out.
The set's was already built because of being filmed in an actual town in Spain but the costumes in this set was probably some of the best I've seen for these 'classically set' episodes of Doctor Who. One slight criticism I have of the episode is the limited use of the 'western' side of the episode. We only see the Doctor ride the (transgender) horse - Susan, for about 30 seconds on screen.
I know I keep repeating myself from past reviews but now more than ever, Praise the king of music, Murray Gold and his fantastic music! Truly it makes the episode more 'Cowboy-y' (if that's a word...if it's not, it is now!). Honestly the music as they walk into Mercy is one of the best things I have heard Murray compose, it may not be as iconic as such things like 'River's Theme' or 'Doomsday' but it's great music, Murray at his best!
To cut my review short, I loved this episode more than the previous episode, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship but not as much as Asylum of the Daleks, for that reason I give it an 8/10.
Oh - and The Power of Three trailer looks mega-super-awesome-foxy-hot episode!
"There are soldiers all over my house and I am in my pants..."