Here are two different trails for next week’s Wild West episode of Doctor Who, A Town Called Mercy.
Hopefully we’ll see a swing back towards better quality after tonight’s… slight and messy instalment.
Here’s what Moffat had to say about the episode to The Radio Times:
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.
Cracking last line there. I don’t think Moffat quite means it, but it is fair to say that Whithouse is one of the best on the staff.