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Doctor Who "Bigger on the inside..."

View Poll Results: Grade "A Town Called Mercy"
Geronimo! 16 14.04%
Good 65 57.02%
Average 27 23.68%
Bad 5 4.39%
Horrible 1 0.88%
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Old September 15 2012, 10:30 PM   #16
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Re: 7X03 A Town Called Mercy (Grading/Discussion) (SPOILERS!)

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Yep, Ben Browder wasn't in it that much.
TBH I totally forgot he was in it, and didnt notice him either, which in some respect is good for an actor.
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Old September 15 2012, 10:34 PM   #17
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Weakest ep of the series so far (as in S7, not the entire series ever!).

There were some nice ideas at work here, specifically the idea of Jex, I like what he said to the Doctor. I'm neither evil nor good and you don't know how to deal with it. Just a shame how it was handled.

Maybe it was the direction? Just seemed to lack a certain something, and the script felt like it could have used some work.

The town looked nice, but for a place with a population of 81, one can only assume most of them were hiding...

Seemed like bits were missing, and there were inconsistencies. the gunslinger turned up as soon as anyone crossed the line (I can really see what they tried to do there) yet Rory and the marshall seemed to get some distance away. Then the gunslinger doesn't shoot at them because they're innocent, then a few seconds later he starts shooting at them?

Rory seemed out of character, isn't he the one who's usually the conscience of the group? Seemed odd he'd be all for shoving the doctor to his death?

Also it seemed a bit of a waste of Browder, might have been better if he'd been the gunslinger .

On the plus side it was nice to see the show do a western, there was some nice dialogue and it was nice to see a villain who wasn't really a villain but I think I'll be watching Asylum and Dinos more often than this.

Still average Who is still better than an awful lot of stuff on telly.

Ps. Holdfast, yeah I thought The Hunted as well
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Old September 15 2012, 10:38 PM   #18
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The Riveria Kidd, one?
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Old September 15 2012, 10:58 PM   #19
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Not top bad at all, didn't feel like Ben Browder was in it enough for me.
Same here.

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More of Rory's dad next week!
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His name is Susan and he wants you to respect his life choices.
That's another thing. Clearly the Doctor is making this sh!t up, at least to some extent. I wonder if the choice of name is some kind of foreshadowing.
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Old September 15 2012, 11:08 PM   #20
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Not top bad at all, didn't feel like Ben Browder was in it enough for me.
Same here.

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His name is Susan and he wants you to respect his life choices.
That's another thing. Clearly the Doctor is making this sh!t up, at least to some extent. I wonder if the choice of name is some kind of foreshadowing.
Or maybe Susan regenerated into a horse?
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Old September 15 2012, 11:14 PM   #21
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Susan has regenerated into a transgender horse. That's just the kind of thing new Who would do as well.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:11 AM   #22
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Dont think there was an need for the Ponds in this episode, that's us over the half way point now. By the time Strictly starts up properly it will all be over.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:18 AM   #23
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That was OK, Westerns really aren't my favorite genre. The story was very obvious in comparing and contrasting the two Doctors, so nothing was really new there. The story was well done but not nearly as entertaining as the last two. An average view, all together.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:26 AM   #24
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bak of my head the hole way through I'm thinking even Red Dwarf had a better Western than this...
What do you mean, "even?"

In its prime, Red Dwarf regularly handled quite a few sci-fi concepts with more depth than many more serious SF shows. But yeah, Gunmen of the Apocalypse was pretty cool. Although, Western setting aside, a more pertinent comparison from the Dwarf library would probably be The Inquisitor, except in that case it was the rogue justice-seeking simulant who had the ability to travel through time.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:36 AM   #25
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He's not going to do a Peter Pan? Show up one night but they're too old, so he invites Wendy's kids to Neverland... No, he's already "playing" with their child.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:44 AM   #26
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I think instead of having the Sheriff get shot, they should've had Major Carter come out of nowhere, put a staff blast into the Cyborg, and say, "Colonel Mitchell, good to see you sir!"

Then wrap up the episode and not have the Doctor not explain a darn thing to the Ponds.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:44 AM   #27
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Re: 7X03 A Town Called Mercy (Grading/Discussion) (SPOILERS!)

The entire episode hinged on a good performance from the actor who's portraying Kahler Jex and unfortunately, he fell flat. This episode would have been a lot stronger if we as an audience were able to feel Jex's guilt, remorse and ultimate self-sacrifice.
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Old September 16 2012, 12:47 AM   #28
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bak of my head the hole way through I'm thinking even Red Dwarf had a better Western than this...
What do you mean, "even?"

In its prime, Red Dwarf regularly handled quite a few sci-fi concepts with more depth than many more serious SF shows. But yeah, Gunmen of the Apocalypse was pretty cool. Although, Western setting aside, a more pertinent comparison from the Dwarf library would probably be The Inquisitor, except in that case it was the rogue justice-seeking simulant who had the ability to travel through time.
I mean "even" because Red Dwarf went to shit for a while.

They didn't know what to do with all the money that came with success.

Possibly my least favourite episode and then I buy a 300 page hardcover which is just an adaptation of that same episode strung out to 8 times the size.
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Old September 16 2012, 01:04 AM   #29
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I mean "even" because Red Dwarf went to shit for a while.
Yeah, no argument there. But S1-6 has some truly wonderful treatments of a large range of familiar sci-fi concepts. I'd happily put up many of those eps against the same concepts being treated in any of my favourite more serious SF series.

Fingers crossed for the quality of the new RD series.
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Old September 16 2012, 01:04 AM   #30
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I didn't care for this one very much, the Doctor/Matt felt forced when he wasn't just simply out-of-character. Hell, he basically got the one truly good man killed by throwing a tantrum.

Why'd he ever drop Amy and Rory off in the first place? Seems pointless if he's constantly going on adventures with them. I know the whole codependency or whatever thing is coming up but it just doesn't feel right.

I think the horse gag would've worked better if he had stopped with the first line.

Next week looks to have potential to be interesting.
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