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10th September 2012 14:15:00
Posted by Colin Polonowski

No Spoilers! Doctor Who 7x03 - A Town Called Mercy

Doctor Who series seven is shaping up to be a cracker, we've had one great and one good episode so far and the much trailed A Town Called Mercy doesn't disappoint. It's a surprising shift in tone again this week, while Dinosaurs on a Spaceship had a dark undercurrent, Mercy is more transparently serious, seeing the Doctor (and others) wrestle with some real moral dilemmas.
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Written by Being Human creator, Toby Whithouse (his fourth Who story, his last being last year's very good The God Complex), we're back to story-of the-week territory - there is definitely a thread running through the current run, but as with the previous two episodes this one can be taken as a standalone with no difficulty.

Guest star this week is Ben Browder, previously of Farscape and Stargate SG-1, this time he's playing a slightly more down to earth character. Checking off another sci-fi series on his ever growing resume, Browder puts in a very good performance - one of his best. Matt and Karen also continue their fine work while Arthur Darvill has a little less to do than usual; he's as good as always though.

A Town Called Mercy looks fantastic. Shot on location in Spain, the production values are top-notch giving the impression of a FAR bigger budget than the BBC has to play with. It's a cracking story too - possibly the best so far this year and is remarkably tense with some genuine surprises. The Doctor is obviously a man struggling and we wonder more than ever whether there are going to be big implications from the events in the series opener.

You're all in for a treat on Saturday!