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A Holiday for the Doctor 

The TARDIS arrives in Tombstone, Arizona in 1891. Where the Doctor is looking for a dentist when he has a toothache, where The Doctor finds the local dentist is the famous Doc Holliday who ... See full summary »

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The TARDIS arrives in Tombstone, Arizona in 1891. Where the Doctor is looking for a dentist when he has a toothache, where The Doctor finds the local dentist is the famous Doc Holliday who is in a feud with The Clanton Brothers and their hired gunfighter Johnny Ringo, whilst local sheriff Wyatt Earp is trying to keep the peace. The Doctor, Steven and Dodo find themselves joining forces with The Clanton Brothers and Sheriff Wyatt Earp. Written by Daniel Williamson

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30 April 1966 (UK)  »

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This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in November 2002. See more »

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A camera can be seen in the mirror behind the bar. See more »

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[first lines]
Ike Clanton: Now, why for did you do a fool thing like that?
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Referenced in 'Doctor Who': The Hartnell Years (1991) See more »

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The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon
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Performed by Peter Purves
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The Gunfighters: Part 1 - Mostly below par Wild West adventure
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 parts:

The Gunfighters is a 4 part story beginning with A Holiday For The Doctor.

This story is a mostly comedic escapade for the TARDIS crew in the wild west. The comedy works well at times but not very well most of the time. The drama too only works well at times, often not being successfully executed.

It is set around the lead up to the gunfight at the OK Corral in the wild west town of Tombstone 1881. William Hartnell is very good in this story and Peter Purves is also mostly strong but most other performances are pretty poor and overall the story is unsuccessful in its writing (Donald Cotton's script becomes mostly silly) and disappointing in its on screen production values (the accents and linking 'ballad' are mostly cringeworthy). It can feel like an embarrassment in the show's history at times, particularly in the pretty poor third episode, with silly scenes and dodgy accents. On the plus side, parts 1 and 2 are fun in many ways and not at all boring.

An interesting attempt to do something different is let down by producer Innes Lloyd and script editor Gerry Davis dislike of historical stories and by being not very well executed. It is a reasonably entertaining romp early on at least.

My Ratings: Episodes 1 & 2 - 6.5/10, Episode 3 - 5/10, Episode 4 - 6/10


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