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7.3 - A Town Called Mercy

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Reviewed By: VidaReview Date: 8/2/15 3:29 am
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This is a masterwork. Matt Smith is the Tom Baker of the new series, he can elevate bad material and makes great material unforgettable.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/22/15 11:52 pm
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The Doctor, Amy, and Rory arrive in the Old West at a town besieged by an alien cyborg out to kill an alien doctor named Kahler-Jex, who has helped the town and who the town’s sheriff protection. The Doctor tries to help but faces a great moral dilemma when he discovers the reason why: the Kahler-Jex is an alien war criminal.

The acting in this is very good, particularly Matt Smith. The standout scene for me is the one in which the Doctor discovers the record of Jex’s activity in his ship. A silent camera shot of the Doctor’s face tells us everything we need to know about the horror of what Jax created. At the same time, it’s an interesting question as to whether the Doctor sees a parallel between him and Jex. Both men who did horrible things in the midst of war for a greater good and who are, in some way, trying to redeem for the mistake through good deeds. The Doctor’s angry pushing Kahler-Jax out of town and Amy’s best companion moment are also key highlights of this story.

The cinematography on this story is superb and really captures the Old West feel. There are flaws, particularly with the end. The biggest flaw is that the Doctor makes a seminal choice and another character’s decision off-screen renders that choice effectively pointless. This would be the first episode in Series 7 that featured contrived writing delivering the Doctor from having to deal with the consequences of his actions which would have been more interesting.

Still, there’s a lot of good to this story.