Doctor Who: The Gunfighters

This Doctor Who story was first broadcast in four episodes in 1966.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Peter Purves.

The story was written by Donald Cotton and was one of two produced for the programme (the other was The Myth Makers). After the historical adventures were discontinued, Cotton submitted a further story but this was not commissioned.

After helping to create Adam Adamant Lives! Cotton concentrated on writing for the stage. He would later novelise his two Doctor Who stories for Target along with The Romans.

It’s 1881 and, in the Wild West settlement of Tombstone, there are three strangers in town: “Doctor Caligari”, “Steven Regret”, and “Miss Dodo Dupont”. They’ve arrived in a 20th Century blue police box, and they’re about to wander into a whole heap of trouble.

This story has been much derided and splits opinion. Whilst it is not bad, it’s not that good either.

The ‘ballad’ sung throughout is distracting; the acting, by all but Hatnell, is over the top (especially Purves); and most of the accents are woeful.

Worth a listen but try to borrow it from a friend rather than buy it.

The Gunfighters can be downloaded here


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