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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 »


Rex Tucker


Donald Cotton

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Hurndell ... Ike Clanton
Maurice Good ... Phineas Clanton
David Cole David Cole ... Billy Clanton
Peter Purves ... Steven
Jackie Lane ... Dodo
Sheena Marshe Sheena Marshe ... Kate
Shane Rimmer ... Seth Harper
David Graham ... Charlie
John Alderson John Alderson ... Wyatt Earp
Anthony Jacobs Anthony Jacobs ... Doc. Holliday
Richard Beale Richard Beale ... Bat Masterson
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Singer (voice)


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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Release Date:

30 April 1966 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fan consultant Ian Levine said of The Gunfighters in 1988, "This story, in short, should never have been made, and will forever remain a true embarrassment to Doctor Who". See more »


After seeing the town sign for Tombstone, Arizona, the Doctor tells his companions that they are in the mid-west. Tombstone is several hundred miles from the mid-west. See more »


[first lines]
Ike Clanton: Now, why for did you do a fool thing like that?
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Featured in The End of the Line? (2011) See more »


The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon
Performed by Lynda Baron
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Watching this is like having toothache.
24 January 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Fresh from the hangover with the Celestial Toymaker, The Doctor and co. land in......the wild west. Fans must have been wondering what on Earth was going on, from the bizarre to the downright bonkers. When I watched this episode I was struck by the production values, I thought it looked superb, the costumes, the sets, Sheena Marshe, in particular looked awesome. I'm afraid I can't really find many other positives, I dislike the whole feel of it, it's intensely silly, and will only get sillier as it progresses, Part 1 is the most serious.

Lynda Baron, I love you for playing Captain Rack, and of course giving us the fabulous Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, but for giving your vocals to 'The Ballad of the last chance saloon,' not your finest moment, that song is excruciating, and so distracting.

It has a few laughs I guess, and it's nice that we see Steven and Dodo's costumes from the missing previous episode, but A Holiday for The Doctor is quite literally toothache.

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