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The Gunfighters
Doctor Who, episode 25 (3.8)

Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:25:32

William Hartnell   IMDB   The Doctor
Peter Purves   IMDB   Steven Taylor
DVD   Doctor Who DVD #025: The Gunfighters

The Doctor picks a gunslinger for a dentist.
The TARDIS arrives in the town of Tombstone in the Wild West and the Doctor, having hurt a tooth on one of Cyril's sweets, decides he must visit a dentist. The local dentist is Doc Holliday, currently engaged in a feud with the Clanton family. Lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are meanwhile doing their best to keep the peace.

The Doctor, Steven and Dodo narrowly survive a lynch mob, the attentions of Holliday and Earp and various other dangers; they finally return to the TARDIS after witnessing the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, in which the young Clanton brothers and their gunman ally Johnny Ringo are all killed by Holliday, Earp and Earp's brother Virgil.

By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:10
The Gunfighters is a curious mixture; some aspects of it work quite well, but others leave a great deal to be desired.

The basic concept of the story - that of the Doctor and his friends arriving in Tombstone in time for the famous gunfight at the OK Corral - must have looked good on paper, but sadly the realisation falls flat. One of the main reasons for this is the obvious difficulty of trying to realise a Western on Doctor Who's relatively small budget and without the benefit of any...

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