Saturday, 15 September 2012

Doctor Who Past-Present: The Gunfighters to A Town Called Mercy

Tonight's Doctor Who episode sees The Doctor (Matt Smith) becoming a reluctant sheriff in the wild west under siege by a gun slinging cyborg in Toby Whitehouse's A Town Called Mercy.

Doctor Who and the wild west have rarely crossed paths, in fact The Doctor hasn't headed into cowboy territory since 1966 when the original Doctor (William Hartnell) got toothache and dropped into the OK Corrall to pay a visit to dentist Doc Holliday.

The Gunfighters, written by Donald Cotton when originally broadcast had a low audience appreciation rate and was regarded for many years as many fans least favourite Doctor Who serial. This however is a harsh criticism whether or not you like sixties Doctor Who or indeed westerns.

The Gunfighters is in itself a great story involving the use of Western legends Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo and Doc Holliday and how The Doctor, Steven and Dodo become intentionally involved with the gun slinging feuds of the OK Corrall. There is humour in places, something I always see in Doctor Who, yet some fans refute shouldn't be intentionally there,check it out yourself and make your own mind up!

But before that, join The Doctor, Amy and Rory in a wild west epic with a difference tonight - gun slinging cyborgs are in town - can't wait!

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