BBCDVD 3380A Doctor Who - The gunfighters by Donald Cotton

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 3380A
TitleDoctor Who - The gunfighters
Artist(s)Donald Cotton
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0101786680-B911 03 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
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Below is a list of tracks for this release.
Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1A holiday for The Doctor23.48
A2Don't shoot the pianist23.47
A3Johnny Ringo23.52
A4The OK Corral23.53
A5The end of the line43.27
A6Tomorrow's Times - The First Doctor - Contemporary news coverage of the William Hartnell era14.16
A7Photo gallery4.19
A8Radio Times billings [PDF]
A9Coming soon - Paradise Towers1.20
Total length of media 2:38:42.


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William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Peter Purves (Steven Taylor)
Jackie Lane (Dodo Chaplet)
John Alderson - Marshal Wyatt Earp
Martyn Huntley - Warren Earp
Victor Carin - Virgil Earp
Richard Beale - Bat Masterson
Anthony Jacobs - Doc Holliday
Reed De Rouen - Pa Clanton
William Hurndell - Ike Clanton
Maurice Good - Phineas Clanton
David Cole - Billy Clanton
Sheena Marshe - Kate
Laurence Payne - Johnny Ringo
Shane Rimmer - Seth Harper
David Graham - Charlie

Written by

Donald Cotton

Produced by

Innes Lloyd

Directed by

Rex Tucker


Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. The air is filled with the sounds of shooting, cussing, and toe-tapping tunes knocked out on the battered piano at the Last Chance Saloon. And then there is something less familiar: the wheezing, groaning sound of a police box materialising.

The Doctor and his companions aren't only newcomers in town. The Clanton brothers have ridden in to settle a grudge with Doc Holliday, the notorious gambler, drinker, and dentist. In the Wild West, tempers are short, guns are swift, and a moment's hesitation on the draw can mean death ...


The Gunfighters is in some ways the most ambitious story Doctor Who ever attempted; a Western with a mostly British cast, recorded in a tiny television studio. Broadcast in 1966, the same year The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly hit cinemas, it shared the Sergio Leone movie's cheerful cynicism about American frontier myths. It did not, however, share its budget.

Without access to the grand vistas that form the usual western backdrop, The Gunfighters finds its strength in a witty, well-written script by Donald Cotton. The production exudes an irresistable sense of fun. Steven and Dodo's glee in choosing their costumes and Western aliases resembles that of children raiding the dressing-up box; and William Hartnell gets the opportunity ton show off the comic skills which got him noticed as an actor at the beginning of his career.

As it turned out, The Gunfighters had a surprising legacy. Anthony Jacobs, who played Doc Holliday, was visited on set by his young son, Matthew. This event made a lasting impression. Thirty years later, when the Doctor returned to the United States for Doctor Who The Movie, a grown-up Matthew Jacobs wrote the script. In one of the pivotal scenes, the newly-regenerated Doctor searches for an outfit. After dismissing several options, he finds just the thing. It is a Wyatt Earp costume ...

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