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Don't Shoot the Pianist 

With the Clantons believing the Doctor to be Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp takes him into protective custody but this leaves Steven and Dodo in danger.




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Episode complete credited cast:
William Hurndell ...
Maurice Good ...
David Cole ...
Peter Purves ...
David Graham ...
Anthony Jacobs ...
Sheena Marshe ...
John Alderson ...
Richard Beale ...
Lynda Baron ...
Singer (voice)


With the Clantons believing the Doctor to be Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp takes him into protective custody but this leaves Steven and Dodo in danger.

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Release Date:

7 May 1966 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 6.6 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


A camera is reflected in the window of Doc Holliday's surgery. See more »


[first lines]
Doc. Holliday: Well, Katie, my girl, five minutes should see the end of the man the Clantons think is Doc Holliday. And then I can start trading under another name. What name would you fancy, Kate? Kate?
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Featured in The End of the Line? (2011) See more »


The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon
Performed by Sheena Marshe
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The Gunfighters: Part 2 - 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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