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Off target!

By:Huw Davies, Taunton, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 6 August 2010
Rating:   6

'The Gunfighters' is not one of Doctor Who's best. Although the premise of the rogue dentist and the mistaken identity thread do work reasonably well, there are just too many problems with the story to balance this out.
For a start, the whole thing is riddled with historical innacuracies - clearly the 'education' message of Doctor Who had been lost by 1965!
The story itself is pretty flat generally. The characters are pretty poorly portrayed, and the "American" accents of some of them are god-awful!
However my main criticism is something that runs throughout the story and just won't go away - the bloody Ballad of the Last Chance flippin' Saloon! It's a bad song for a start, and when it's played as almost the sole incidental music it just gets tedious.




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