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Old 09-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Doctor Who - "A Town Called Mercy" (9/15/12)

I thought this was a much better episode than last week's. Funny after all the arguing in last week's thread over whether the Doctor kills or not, the next episode brings the question out in the open by having him choose to at first kill then help a war criminal (albeit reformed). Apparently the answer is he will kill, but companions help him keep his moral center. There were no companions around last episode to stop him.

It was nice to see Ben Browder again. He's definitely no stranger to SciFi, but I still never expected to see him on Doctor Who.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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All of the episodes so far this season have left me somewhat flat, and the tension with the Ponds is troubling.

Did the Doctor age 300 years since last season?
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:15 PM   #3
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I enjoyed this one. Pale Rider + Westworld + A Fistfull of Datas

The dilemma with the "war criminal" was good. What is worse, experimenting and killing 100's or letting many, many thousands die in a protracted war? Wasn't that the rationale behind dropping atomic weapons on Japan, that less died then that would in a ground assault? (and less than the number that died in the fire bombing of Tokyo )

Of course that was the same decision the Doctor and the town had to make. Turn over the guy who saved the town to be killed, the idea that letting one die was better than all of them dying. The doctor at least knew about the war, where until he arrived the town was close to sacrificing him without knowing that.

The moral questions had a Star Trek original series feel to them.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:21 AM   #4
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All of the episodes so far this season have left me somewhat flat, and the tension with the Ponds is troubling.

Did the Doctor age 300 years since last season?
His older self said he was 1103 in The Impossible Astronaut, so that was his age by the end of last season, so he "only" aged 97 years since last season, that or he was rounding up.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:53 AM   #5
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His older self said he was 1103 in The Impossible Astronaut, so that was his age by the end of last season, so he "only" aged 97 years since last season, that or he was rounding up.
Well he wouldn't let the "almost 19" guy round up
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:33 AM   #6
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He's been aging pretty steadily the past few years. Wasn't he 800-something early in the Davies run? The (rather logical) notion being that we're only getting the highlights.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:38 AM   #7
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From the previews I had expected to dislike this one, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. I felt the writing was simply much better in this episode than in the previous couple of episodes. It was refreshing to see the doctor actually get angry about something rather than "all madcap, all the time".
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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I liked that they addressed the moral issue from last episode head on in this one. Amy raises an excellent question: "Since when does killing become an option?" This certainly is a fairly sizable change in the Doctor.

And not even that - him strapping on a gun really surprised me. I know, old west and all, but still, in the past the Doctor wouldn't have even considered wearing it.

I knew Ben Browder was going to be in this episode, but I had forgotten.... so I was wracking my brain trying to figure out why the marshal sounded so familiar.
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:47 AM   #9
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I knew Ben Browder was going to be in this episode, but I had forgotten.... so I was wracking my brain trying to figure out why the marshal sounded so familiar.
Thanks for mentioning this. The voice I knew, but I really couldn't place his face with that hair and mustache. He might have put on a couple pounds since Stargate also. I meant to check the credits but forgot to.
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I liked that they addressed the moral issue from last episode head on in this one. Amy raises an excellent question: "Since when does killing become an option?" This certainly is a fairly sizable change in the Doctor.

And not even that - him strapping on a gun really surprised me. I know, old west and all, but still, in the past the Doctor wouldn't have even considered wearing it.

I knew Ben Browder was going to be in this episode, but I had forgotten.... so I was wracking my brain trying to figure out why the marshal sounded so familiar.
Doctor Who and a gun. Not new. He toted guns in the old days. And carried and used weapons from the place and time he was in.

Forget it. Not getting into this argument over what the Doctor has and hasn't done again.
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From the previews I had expected to dislike this one, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. I felt the writing was simply much better in this episode than in the previous couple of episodes. It was refreshing to see the doctor actually get angry about something rather than "all madcap, all the time".
Editing still felt jumpy and the Ponds are a bit off writing wise but well written over all, yes.
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And once again, no one knew who the Doctor was. It will be interesting to see where that theme is going.
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And once again, no one knew who the Doctor was. It will be interesting to see where that theme is going.
Would you expect them to in this situation?
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:03 PM   #14
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Would you expect them to in this situation?
Definitely not the townfolk as Earthlings seldom do unless they are in positions of power in the British Government,
but it always seems like the alien folk have heard of The Doctor.


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Old 09-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #15
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And once again, no one knew who the Doctor was. It will be interesting to see where that theme is going.
Didn't the Indian/Terran military at the beginning of last week know him?
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Didn't the Indian/Terran military at the beginning of last week know him?
Yes.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:04 AM   #17
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All of the episodes so far this season have left me somewhat flat, and the tension with the Ponds is troubling.

Did the Doctor age 300 years since last season?
This was a flat episode for me as well.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #18
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Poor Rory, Mr. Third Wheel:

"Marshall ... ma'am ... fella."

Only two episodes left in the Pond's travels. The title for their last episode looks like it's going to be a good one.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:53 PM   #19
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This was a flat episode for me as well.
Yeah. I can appreciate what they were trying to do, but it just didn't grab me.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #20
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I enjoyed the episode well enough, and I really liked the cyborg, but on the whole I'm not exactly in love with this season. I know Moffat's stated intention was to move away from "complicated" multi-episode story arcs and toward a weekly "blockbuster" stand-alone style for the season, and I can understand that. But so far, though I still enjoy each episode, I miss those overarching storylines. Each week I sortof feel like, "OK, saw that one; what's next?" It's a little disappointing.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:44 PM   #21
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Before the Saturday premiere, BBC America ran a couple episodes of ST:TNG. The second one was the one with Worf, his son, and Troi getting trapped on the holodeck in a spaghetti western.

Best quote was the Marshall's, "Everyone who isn't an American, put down the guns!"
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:13 AM   #23
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Can't say I was thrilled with Amy pulling a gun on the Doctor.
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Inside the marshall's office, on the wall by the door was a wanted poster that seemed to jump out at me in one of the shots. I wonder if there was any significance to it, or an inside joke, or anything like that.

Or maybe I'm just reading too much into it.
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The wanted poster caught my eye, too, but only because it bore a very very vague resemblance to the line sketch drawing of Heisenberg from Breaking Bad. (Meaning it didn't really look like it at all, but my mind still went there).
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I posted this in the Season Pass alerts forum, but I'll repeat it here for those that would otherwise miss it.

There's an error in the guide data for Doctor Who "The Power of Three" this Saturday where it has the first run air date as 9/22/10 instead of 9/22/12, so if you have a first run season pass, the episode won't be automatically scheduled.
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I posted this in the Season Pass alerts forum, but I'll repeat it here for those that would otherwise miss it.

There's an error in the guide data for Doctor Who "The Power of Three" this Saturday where it has the first run air date as 9/22/10 instead of 9/22/12, so if you have a first run season pass, the episode won't be automatically scheduled.
Thanks for the heads up. It wasn't in my to-do list. It is now!
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I posted this in the Season Pass alerts forum, but I'll repeat it here for those that would otherwise miss it.

There's an error in the guide data for Doctor Who "The Power of Three" this Saturday where it has the first run air date as 9/22/10 instead of 9/22/12, so if you have a first run season pass, the episode won't be automatically scheduled.
Oddly, my directv dvr set the midnight show to record but not the 9 pm.
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