Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 37

The O.K. Corral (21 May 1966)

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The Clantons have shot Warren Earp, leading to a showdown between the two families with the Doctor powerless to prevent bloodshed.

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Martyn Huntley ...
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David Cole ...
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The Clantons have shot Warren Earp, leading to a showdown between the two families with the Doctor powerless to prevent bloodshed.

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This episode was watched by 5.7 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Johnny Ringo was not killed in the gunfight, nor did he take part. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Who: How do you know that the killer was Ringo?
Virgil Earp: On account of it must have been him or you, and I don't figure you killed Charlie the barman. Of course, if'n you wanna persuade me different.
Dr. Who: Certainly not, my dear Sheriff.
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S3: The Gunfighters: Has some good aspects but generally a poor serial that feels silly and forced
21 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The bitter irony that the four episodes that make up this serial have survived unscathed while so many episodes and full serials around it have been lost almost certainly forever. I say this because if ever a serial felt like it would be no great loss if it wasn't seen again, it would be this one. The plot sees the Doctor looking for a dentist in the ol' west and finds one in the shape of Doc Holliday. Also looking for Holliday are the Clantons and they mistake the Doctor for the Doc, putting Steven and Dodo in risk and forcing the Doctor into a difficult situation. Oh and there is a ballad.

This makes it sound more exciting than it actually is and I think part of the problem is that it does such a popular and well known genre that it always feels like it is cheap copy of something better. Of course it doesn't help either that this is precisely what it is. The plot is fairly standard and apart from a bit of humor here and there and some good bits from Hartnell, it doesn't feel like Doctor Who but just some cheap kids western with lots of low rent actors. It has a decent flow to it as a plot but it is so heavily into being a western that it loses itself in that. Most obviously is that awful ballad that plays all the time and the accents, oh Lord the accents.

It isn't to say that the acting from the main three is brilliant but Hartnell is good while Purves and Lane are typically solid, but the supporting cast are all lumbered with delivering American accents – and not natural ones but good ol' boy cowboy accents like they have in the b-movies. They push this to the extent that they waver all over the place. Some can do it and just come off sounding like they are in a panto, while others really are all over the shop in a fashion I found funny when I didn't find it painful. With the effort to play clichés the cast generally don't do anything but that – and even then not that well.

It isn't awful but it certainly doesn't feel enough like Doctor Who. It is a nice idea and has good moments with the Doctor in the Wild West, but it pushes the cheap western too much and loses what it should have focused on, instead giving us generic action, a terrible omnipresent ballad (which gets my vote for one of Doctor Who's most frightening monsters) and American accents that really would have seemed bad if they had been delivered by Lt Hern-Hern in the Goon Show.


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