October 10, 2011

Doctor Who #25: The Gunfighters

Title: Doctor Who: "The Gunfighters"
Year: 1966
Network: BBC
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes each; the eighth story (of ten) from season three
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Rex Tucker
Writer: Donald Cotton
Starring: William Hartnell
With: Peter Purves, Jackie Lane, Richard Beale, David Cole, David Graham, Anthony Jacobs, William Hurndell, Laurence Payne, Sheena Marshe, Reed De Rouen, Maurice Good, Shane Rimmer, John Alderson, Martyn Huntley, Victor Carin
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Tristram Cary
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a few days ago
Synopsis: The Doctor is mistaken for Doc Holiday

My reaction
Concept: 3/4 (Good)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 1/4 (Bad)
Special effects/design: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Acting: 0/4 (Terrible). Oh my god the accents. Even the British characters use horrible "American" accents.
Music: 0/4 (Terrible). A serious contender for The Worst Use Of Music Ever.
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4). It could have been good. The script is unremarkable but a perfectly okay Western, and it doesn't take much to make something fun out of a perfectly okay Western script. Add to it the novelty of putting The Doctor in the old west, and you've got a lot of potential. Unfortunately, just about everything is done as horribly as humanly possible.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.3/4 (Bad)

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