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(   The Doctor's in the old west facing a gunfighter again, but Steven and Dodo aren't there to back him up this time around. Will the Ponds be adequate replacements in season 7, episode 3 of 'Doctor Who, A Town Called Mercy'?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Fossils, physicians, sonic screwdriver, ponds, William Hartnell, SFX  
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1131 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 15 Sep 2012 at 8:50 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-15 10:28:45 PM  
3 votes:
I was surprised to see so many Farkers hating on this season (which I think has been excellent so far) then I remembered you guys always hate on new episodes. You hated Tennant when he was introduced, you hated Donna, you probably hated Eccleston. Hell, last season Farkers were hating on it for being too plot-heavy, now the EXACT SAME FARKERS are hating on it for being episodic. Five years from now you'll be biatching about whoever the newest doctor is then and reminiscing about how great this season was; "Remember when Doctor Who was fun and lighthearted?" you'll say, "Now it's all dark and depressing! Idris Elba is nowhere near as good in the role as Matt Smith was! And bring back Moffat!".

You know I'm right.
2012-09-15 09:21:37 AM  
3 votes:
I will be very happy if Ben Browder's character refers to his gun as "Winona".
2012-09-15 10:59:57 AM  
2 votes:
It is becoming impossible to describe any Dr. Who plot without using the word "again". Why is that? Because Moffatt is an unimaginative hack. A one trick pony. A dead horse beater.

There, I said it.

I stuck it out through the last season, but it was either repetitive rehashing of conflicts he has had before, or melodramatic sappy subplots that really had nothing to do with the Dr. and who he is whatsoever. I can't tolerate it anymore, and am through with it until someone else is running the show.
2012-09-17 02:05:58 AM  
1 vote:
This was a fun episode. Beautifully photographed. The music was so well done too.

I must be easy to please, as I've loved every episode from every season since I started watching the Doctor in 2005. It just seems to me to be an exercise in futility to get so attached to a specific actor/season when the show is built on an ever-shifting foundation of change and renewal.

I love Amy's hair.

Snarky grumpy Rory never fails to make me laugh. His disgusted reaction to being referred to as "fella" by the preacher was priceless.

Matt's doctor is just genius. His furious body-language while he was driving the other doc out of town was so brilliant.

I'm sooooo glad they hired some Americans for the roles of the townspeople. Most brits do horrendous American accents. It usually falls somewhere between hick and hayseed with a bit of upper-class twit thrown in. It always shoves me right out of the story when I'm watching MI5/Spooks. Surely there's enough American actors living in the UK to fill those parts - unless there's some kind of BBC union thing that forces them to hire British actors only

I had no idea that was Ben Browder until I read this thread! I loved him on Farscape. He was so authentic in the role of the sheriff. He plays decent up-standing guys so well. I wish he was on-screen more often.
2012-09-16 04:17:45 PM  
1 vote:

HopScotchNSoda: So, has political correctness taken priority over historical correctness in British set in British history, or only when British programmes are set in the U.S.? White folks in a frontier town in 1870 having a coloured preacher was absurd, of course.

I find it hilarious people are so hung up on the town accepting a black preacher but have no problems that those townspeople accepting an extra-terrestrial physician.
2012-09-16 03:21:27 PM  
1 vote:

HopScotchNSoda: So, has political correctness taken priority over historical correctness in British set in British history, or only when British programmes are set in the U.S.? White folks in a frontier town in 1870 having a coloured preacher was absurd, of course. Do Tudor period pieces now have to include Punjabis, Chinamen, and Blacks in the cast?

There were actually a lot of black people in the west in the early post Civil War period. They went west because there was greater equality to be found there because it was still such a free-for-all. The problem is that most people don't know about it because our history books and movies set in the west were so completely whitewashed, but just like there were a ton of Chinese in the west that get erased from history, there were a ton of black people in the west who were erased from history.

/tl:dr, Doctor Who, by portraying an American west with black people, was more accurate than the history books
2012-09-16 01:41:40 PM  
1 vote:

Dwight_Yeast: HopScotchNSoda: Suspension of disbelief (an absolute necessity for enjoying Doctor Who) was made difficult by the English actors' accents, by a Western U.S. town in 1870 looking like everything had been weather-worn for half a century or more,

Actually, English (and other accents) would have been common in the West (as they tried to show on Deadwood) as there were as many foreign settlers moving out west in the 1870s as there were Americans from back east.

And English, Scottish, Irish, German, or other accents would have been fine for that reason. But that's not what were featured. Rather, they were horrible attempts at American accents by British actors, like the agents in "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon", Peri throughout her run with the Fifth and Sixth Doctors, Jason O'Mara as Sam in the American remake of Life on Mars, or Philip Glenister in Demons.
2012-09-15 06:12:23 PM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: HopScotchNSoda: fusillade762: Hasn't aired here yet, but if no one minds I have a nit to pick about last season:

So in the season opener we see the Doctor get shot, start to regenerate, then get shot again and "die". At the end of the season we learn that he was inside the robot suit thingy and didn't die. So my question is: how did the suit suit start to "regenerate"? And how did everyone inside survive being set on fire?

The Teselecta didn't really start to regenerate; it just started a momentary light show out of the shirt collar and cuffs to simulate the start of regeneration. The people weren't set on fire; only the gasoline on the outside surface of the Teselecta was set on fire.

Was that explained somewhere that I missed?

Does it really matter? It's symptomatic of the writing these days. Fans have to obsess over fiddly details because the writers are trying so hard to outclever each other that everything has to be retconned or explained later.

I'm not a RTD lover, but in general, the show was more interesting when he was in charge.
2012-09-15 03:44:23 PM  
1 vote:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: This is probably asking too much, but does anyone know what time (in EST, or GMT, whatever, I can adjust) the episode will be on iPlayer?

/exhausted, gotta take a nap

2:35 p.m. EST, 7:35 p.m. GMT. iPlayer showed it live. The archive is up and available now.
Launch ExpatShield or whatever British proxy server you use, and go to: o wn_Called_Mercy/
2012-09-15 01:41:02 PM  
1 vote:

Eligarf: Meh...after watching the first 2, I have to say that I concur with the increasing number of people saying that the shark was jumped when Moffatt took over and Matt Smith got hired. If I could describe the show since then in two words, those words would be "desperate reaching". Yes, there were some good episodes. But by and large it has just seemed increasingly forced, and these most recent two episodes were utter dreck, IMO. 

Uuuugh. Not this shiat again.

All of these complaints boil down to Moffat/Smith not writing/acting in the same style RTD/Tennant did when you fell in love with the show. The meth recipe's changed and you're not getting the same endorphin high anymore.
2012-09-15 01:35:55 PM  
1 vote:


I thought the first two episodes were great, and not jumped the shark. It's ok to have your opinion, but I thought everything was nicely done. The episodes are slowly weening the Ponds away, and they aren't super central like they use to be in episodes before that. The story lines are fun, and will probably have a bigger impact towards the end of the season. Moffat put in some nice early Doctor references in the show which is nice to see. Smith is a great Doctor, but playing angry wise old man, but then acting like a fun playful child a second later. He is a very good Doctor, and he doesn't go full on emo like Tennant's. I don't blame Tennant with that though, I blame the writing for that. I really didn't care for how RTD wanted the Doctor to be like, and the Rose obsession was a bit creepy.

See, you are comparing. I was not. I've never thought it fair to compare one actor's take on a character with another's, or one director's take on a show with another's. My opinion was based solely on what I see in the episodes since Moffatt took over and Smith was hired. I think Moffatt is trying too hard to please too many people, and it is coming across (to me at least) as very forced and emotive.
2012-09-15 09:34:11 AM  
1 vote:
Of course, if the Doctor can get his hands on some freslin, it is on:
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