In summation: I liked it better two years ago, when it was a movie and it was called "True Grit."
What a strange thing to say. If you really think they were trying to do the Doctor Who
version of "True Grit", watch the episode again (and I know you don't want to!). I think they were quite obviously trying to do an homage to spaghetti westerns. Even Murray Gold's music was influenced by Ennio Morricone.