Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (S03E025)

; Date: 2008-09-26 20:35

Tags: Doctor Who

In another historical story the Doctor and Companions land in Tombstone Arizona a couple days before the infamous (en.wikipedia.org) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Sigh. So that gunfight has been portrayed in other fictional works so why not here as well. What happens? First the Doctor has a toothache because the goofy toymaker from the previous episodes had given him some candy which made a toothache. Who does he see in Tombstone? Why, Doc Holliday, that's who. The lot of them immediately fall into the middle of a feud between the Clantons, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and a couple others. The Clantons have a score to settle with Holliday, y'see.

An interesting aspect to the story is the singing accompaniment all the way through. (en.wikipedia.org) Lynda Baron sings a version of the "Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" tailoring the stanzas to the events on-screen. It is a catchy song and adds an interesting counterpoint.

Generally I think this story has very little interest or value. It's not as bad as the preceeding Toymaker story, but still not terribly good nor interesting. There weren't any questions I perceived, no theme, just some people being tossed aimlessly through an event in history.

What's the point of having the Doctor visit these episodes in history and essentially do nothing other than ride the stream of events? In this story we see the Doctor and crew as rather ineffectual agents, they don't initiate any actions, etc. Well, with one exception in that Dodo managed to beat Doc Holliday to the draw and force him to take her back to Tombstone.