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Doctor Who - Earth Story (The Gunfighters/The Awakening) [DVD]

Peter Davison , Wiliam Hartnell    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Wiliam Hartnell, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004T9DSTI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Awakening: Peter Davison (1984)
The TARDIS has brought the Doctor Tegan and Turlough to the English country village of Little Hodcombe in 1984 where an alien war machine, the Malus, is affecting its inhabitants. A re-enactment of a civil war battle becomes dangerously real as the Malus gather sufficient psychic energy to re-awake.

The Gunfighters: Starring William Hartnell (1966)
The TARDIS arrives in the town of Tombstone in the Wild West and the Doctor, having hurt a tooth on one of Cyril's sweets, decides he must visit a dentist. The local dentist is Doc Holliday, currently engaged in a feud with the Clanton family. Lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are meanwhile doing their best to keep the peace.

Special Features:
• Restored and re-mastered commentaries with cast and crew documentaries
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer

Product Description

Contains 2 Classic Stories: Awakening: Peter Davison (1984) The TARDIS has brought the Doctor Tegan and Turlough to the English country village of Little Hodcombe in 1984 where an alien war machine, the Malus, is affecting its inhabitants. A re-enactment of a civil war battle becomes dangerously real as the Malus gather sufficient psychic energy to re-awake. The Gunfighters: Starring William Hartnell (1966) The TARDIS arrives in the town of Tombstone in the Wild West and the Doctor, having hurt a tooth on one of Cyril's sweets, decides he must visit a dentist. The local dentist is Doc Holliday, currently engaged in a feud with the Clanton family. Lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are meanwhile doing their best to keep the peace. Special features include: Restored and re-mastered commentaries with cast and crew documentaries Photo Gallery Coming Soon Trailer


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two sadly underrated Doctor Who stories 8 Sep 2013
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The link between these two stories may be tenuous, but if we judge the stories on their own merits they both have a great deal to offer.

The first story is the William Hartnell story 'The Gunfighters' which is quite possibly the most maligned Doctor Who story ever and, having watched it, I cannot understand why. The story is a historical set in the wild west in 1881, it concerns the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the events leading up to it. Donald Cotton's script is very well written; it's consistently very amusing and has loads of great dialogue. William Hartnell had apparently wanted to do a western and his performance here is a joy to watch. The rest of the cast are also pretty good, Anthony Jacobs in particular excels as Doc Holliday.

The sets constructed for this story are very impressive and are made to look even better by Rex Tucker's stylish and confident direction. Perhaps the most often criticized part of this story is the 'Ballad of the last chance saloon' which is sung by Lynda Baron and appears at various times throughout the story. The ballad is there to commentate on the action and if you listen to the lyrics they are very clever, I also found Baron's vocals to be more than satisfactory.

So in conclusion The Gunfighters is wonderfully entertaining and so I would urge you not to be put off by the undeserved criticism this story has received.

The other story is the Peter Davison story 'The Awakening', Davison's time on the show gave us many excellent stories and this is certainly one of the best. This is well acted and directed with especially excellent use of location filming.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars " 2 Completely Dissimilar Things in a Pod" 30 Mar 2011
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Is there an end of term feel at 2 Entertain as they approach the end of complete classic story releases? Do they have a DVD boxset party game and is it beverage related? Who knows, but if they do it has given us Myths & legends and now The Awakening and Gunfighters, stories only connected by taking place on Earth (like that's a rarity). Still, they are both fun stories. They've been remastered as per usual, nice clear picture for Awakening & Gunfighters is a bit better than it looked on VHS.
The Gunfighters used to in the pre-video days have the reputation of lowest ratings ever & biggest Who turkey ever. the former was never true and the latter is unfair. The 2nd of 2 scripts by Donald Cotton*1, it's more like Dennis Spooner's the Romans in it's mix of comedy and drama than it is like Cotton's previous tale The Myth makers ( a recommended CD). Cotton's set up is very Abbott & Costello- the Tardis crew land in Tombstone on the eve of the Gunfight at the OK Corral and the Dr gets mistaken for Doc Holliday, something the infamous gunslinger himself encourages. The scene where the mistake occurs as the Doctor sits in Holliday's Dental surgery awaiting treatment is great;

"Doc?"
"Yes?"
"Holiday?"
"I suppose so"

The comedy elements are the most successful and you get the feel Hartnell really enjoyed it. He plays the comedy for all it's worth knowing he's getting the best lines, like the T-shirt worthy "People keep giving me guns, I do wish they wouldn't!" All the cast make the most of the comedy and it's a good cast all round. The top honours go to Anthony Jacobs (Pa to Matthew Jacobs who wrote the McGann Who movie) as the incorrigible yet likeable Holliday, Sheene Marshe as his world weary girlfriend Kate & Laurence Payne as a psychotic Johnny Ringo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They'll be blood upon the sawdust ..... 23 Feb 2014
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Gunfighters is still a story that polarises opinion, although not half as much as back in the 1970's and 1980's (when few of us had actually seen it and all we had to go on was received opinion). For me, it's a cracking little story, although very much a tale of two halves.

The first two episodes crackle with humour and everybody, Hartnell in particular, are having a ball. The Doctor's initial meeting with Doc Holliday, as a somewhat unwilling patient in the Doc's dentist chair, is a joy and Holliday (Anthony Jacobs) and Wyatt Earp (John Alderson) both get some lovely lines.

The Clantons are, it's true to say, a family of mismatched accents - some (such as Canadian-born Shane Rimmer) do come off better than others, but as they are played for laughs early on this isn't really a problem.

Mid-way through the story there's a sharp change of gear as the Clantons gun down Warren Earp, which leads Doc Holliday, Wyatt and Morgan Earp to line up against the Clantons and Johhny Ringo at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall. These events don't really involve the Doctor and his friends, so they could have left in the TARDIS in episode three and not really have been missed.

This apart, The Gunfighters is a definite highlight from the later Hartnell era, and much more entertaining than, say, the somewhat stodgy fare of The Ark. Special-features wise, the highlight is a very convivial commentary with Toby Hadoke moderating a lively discussion with some of the cast and crew.

The other story in the boxset is The Awakening, a compact two-part story from 1984, starring Peter Davison.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!!
Published 12 days ago by d.weihrauch
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Two different stories Peter Davison is Not bad ,gunfighters is not to good
Published 28 days ago by the reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Episodes Good and Products Not
The actual episodes were good however the DVD cover of "The Awakening" was damaged in which the plastic on the case was half ripped off.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Lawrence Barbuto
2.0 out of 5 stars False Historical
To start with the Gunfighters, I actually rather like it, if for all the wrong reasons. Tosh it maybe, but it's good hearted tosh, reasonably well-played, and even if the American... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Odd Split But It Works
At first glance, it seems an odd split to put together these two stories under a rather weird title, but that's "Doctor Who" for you - never sitting still, never mundane,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stephen Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle
Gunfighters - Terrible, slow, plodding. A good example of bad Dr Who.
Awakening - Much better but comes across as a filler story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars good
great son loved it big doctor who fan, loves all actors who have played him. what else can I say
Published 18 months ago by Janet Heasmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeehaw, Bland, Boring and Beige.
Upon reflection my opinion of this wild west opera has changed. The constant musical passages still annoy me but the actual story and accents do not. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cliff Hanger
3.0 out of 5 stars First Time I've Struggled
I've been a Doctor Who fan for thirty of my 35 years and thanks to 2Entertain I've now seen almost every story that still exists and this is the first time I've struggled to get... Read more
Published 18 months ago by CunningSmile
2.0 out of 5 stars The gunfighters
This is a review on the DVD The gunfighters. I do not own the other DVD in this box. The gunfighters was given 9/10 in the flawed Mark Campbell book Doctor Who - The Complete... Read more
Published on 6 May 2012 by Bring_back_the_60s
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