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Doctor Who: The Gunfighters

Narrated by: Shane Rimmer
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Back in the gun-totin', hard-hittin', fast-shootin' days of the Old Wild West, when outlaws ruled the land and the good guys stayed off the streets, a troupe of travelling players - Miss Dodo Dupont, Steven Regret and the mysterious Doctor Caligari - moseyed into the town of Tombstone one October afternoon. Their method of transportation was a mite peculiar though.

After all, a police box materialising out of thin air sure ain't the usual way to enter a sedate town like Tombstone...

And when the Doctor and his pardners meet up with Wyatt Earp and the notorious Clanton brothers, they soon find out that the scene is all set for high noon at the O. K. Corral... Shane Rimmer, who played Seth Harper in the original BBC TV serial, reads Donald Cotton's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1985.

©1985 Donald Cotton (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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Great book but less than OK narration

Long regarded as the worst ever Doctor Who story, its original author, Donald Cotton, managed to turn it into one of the best ever Target novelisations. Like his other novelisation, The Myth Makers, this is no simple transcription of dialogue from script to book, it is a witty reinvention of the tale, in which the most laughs are to be found in the small details.

And you couldn't choose a better person to play the knarled old teller of this tale than the late, great gravel-voiced American, Shane Rimmer. He gives the first person narrator and grizzled old Westerners real authenticity.

Unfortunately, not all the characters in the book are grizzled old Westerners. And whether it's the Doctor, Wyatt Earp, Stephen Taylor or even Dodo speaking they all do so with the same voice. This makes it a hard listen at times and impossible to distinguish between the characters unless you pay very close attention. This is one case where a second narrator would have added a lot of value.

I loved this book when I first read it and I am an admirer of Mr Rimmer, so I really wish I could be kinder.

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  • 13-04-13

ok

Not the best doctor who audiobook i very listened to . Lots of big words that wouldnt of been used in those days and bad American accents. But the story is a good one which is why i gave it three stars

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  • Chris Coyne
  • 06-05-15

Who's Who.

At the end of the last story the Doctor broke his tooth, now he needs a Dentist. He ends up going to one of the most dangerous Dentists in history Doc Holiday. This story marks two major points in Doctor Who long history. One. This is the Doctors first adventure in America. Two. This is the beginning of the end of the purely historic stories. The televised story this book is based on is considered one the worst Doctor who adventures ever made . I've watched the DVD version of show, and I agree with the verdict. It was horrible. The book version I liked better, it had the right amount of humor that I liked. Donald Cotton did a great job with it. Read the book, skip the DVD.