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 materializing. The Doctor and his companions aren’t the 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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
This entry from the classic 1960s series finds the intrepid Doctor and his companions landing in 1881 Tombstone, Ariz., where they become embroiled in the feud between sharpshooting dentist Doc Holliday and the vengeance-seeking Clanton brothers. However, this is often cited as the worse Doctor Who series of all time, and I can see why. The costumes, dialogue and sets are all cheezy, even by early DW standards. The ballad is over-the-top, and the entire affair is historically inaccurate.
Almost as soon as the TARDIS trio set foot outside the stable where they’ve landed, they’re accosted by Sheriff Wyatt Earp, who warns them about the place and offers them his protection. They then split up, with the Doctor looking for Doc Holliday while Steven and Dodo pretend to be vaudeville stars. While this is going on, Ike Clanton and his gang are preparing for trouble, planning to corner and kill Doc Holliday as part of their sinister plan to do… I don’t know what, really, but it’s all quite exciting! Holliday gets wind of this and, after treating the Doctor, dresses him to look like Holliday himself. Before long the troubles build up, the Doctor gets arrested (for his own safety), Steven nearly gets shot, Dodo gets taken hostage and through it all there’s singing.
The DVD comes with a continuance of the BBC’s commitment to the Classic Who adventures. You get stunning A/V Quality for a show shot on the cheap way back in the 1960s. Plus, there are a ton of featurettes, informative commentary and a pop-up trivia track to help make sense of the various Western Sci-Fi motif. I would’ve liked to have some better than the texts from the original Who stories of the time, but this will do. Hopefully, the BBC won’t try to Special Edition the early years. I’d recommend a purchase.