The Doctor : [In the dentist's chair] "I never touch alcohol. Steven : [On being forced to find a tune to play] "Let's hope the piano knows it.
He never touches alcohol, preferring milk. He knows who the Clantons and Johnny Ringo are, but still tries to stop the historic gunfight at the O K Corral [deciding it's not so important as to avoid meddling]. He is named Deputy Sheriff of Tombstone.
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Graham had also provided Dalek voices for a number of earlier Doctor Who stories. The caption at the end of the final episode reads 'Next Episode: Dr. Who and the Savages'. The Gunfighters was the last story to have individual episode titles.
The Gunfighters was the lowest-rated Doctor Who story ever. She was unrelated to him; his daughter Jane Tucker, later to find fame as one third of the Rod, Jane and Freddy group of children's entertainers, did however appear as a walk-on in the story. Episodes one and two have the world's quietest gunshots, and in episode four's climactic gunfight Earp and Masterson apparently walk through a withering barrage of fire unscathed.
In the ballad, 'earning your gunfighter's wings' is anachronistic, the phrase being coined in WWI. 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 location work - although it must be said that designer Barry Newbery's faithful recreation of a Western town by way of studio sets is simply superb, and the use of live horses also adds to the illusion.
Another problem is the rather jokey tone of Donald Cotton's scripts - the story is, in essence, a comedy. Full of embarrassing lines Thunderbirds voices Shane Rimmer and David Graham turned up in person, adding a little extra humour, but even they couldn't save such a story.
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A particular irritation is the dreadful 'Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon'. Sung off-camera by Lynda Baron, this comments on and summarises the plot at the start and end of each episode and at critical points in between. As if that wasn't enough, Steven also gets to sing it during the course of the action, as does bar girl Kate. It seems that there is no escape from it. Ian K McLachlan, writing in Matrix Issue 8 dated May , expressed the feelings of many: 'I thought that the [ballad] was a bad thing.
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It gave the whole [story] the air of unreality which I have always hated in Doctor Who. I like it to appear "possible" - something like a ballad singer wailing in the background spoils the illusion! Some of the incidental characters are nicely written and acted - Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp being probably the best - but there are also some weak links - Kate is rather dreadful, as is Billy.
The whole thing starts to get somewhat confused when Earp's brothers begin arriving, along with Pa Clanton and the sub-Clint Eastwood Johnny Ringo, whose only good deed is to get Charlie the bar tender 'early retirement'. The Doctor and his friends unfortunately seem totally out of place on this occasion.
The portrayal of the Doctor, in particular, makes him appear far too naive and trusting. It seems to take him forever to realise that Doc Holliday has set him up, and his invention of impromptu cover names for himself Doctor Caligari , Dodo Dodo Dupont, pianist and Steven Steven Regret, tenor just adds to their problems. Straining credibility to breaking point, both Steven and Dodo are seen to be able to play the piano to a professional standard - convenient for the plot, maybe, but completely out of character. Further plot problems occur later on. In one sequence, for example, Kate manages to arrive at the saloon well before the Doctor, despite having left some minutes after him and without him seeing her on the way.
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To cap it all, in the much vaunted gunfight, the Clantons all turn out to be dreadful shots, repeatedly missing the Earps even though they are simply walking down the middle of the street. Contemporary reaction to the story was certainly very negative, as is apparent from the BBC's Audience Research Report on the final episode: 'The OK Corral story in general and this final episode in particular came under [a] critical barrage from the viewers in the sample.
A majority evidently neither liked the idea of "Doctor Who and his team" being placed in a Wild West setting nor did they consider the story good as Westerns go. Doctor Who, it was said, fits much better into the "space-age sort of story". Perhaps if the OK Corral story had not seemed to them so much of a tenth rate Western, some of the reporting viewers might have been better pleased. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery.
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