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Doctor Who, the Gunfighters Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Feb 2007


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Product details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (5 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405676914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405676915
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.2 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 922,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gooch on 10 April 2013
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If you are a fan of Doctor Who and the works of the late Gerry Anderson as I am, you'll love this audio book read by Shane Rimmer.

You may not recognise Shane Rimmer's voice as that of Scott Tracy from Thunderbirds as with age its got more gravel in it than one of the many gracel quarries that Doctor Who has been shot in over the years.

This is a very exciting reading of Donald Cotton's original Target novel with added sound effects.

Although Shane Rimmer is Canadian rather than American, you'd be hard placed to guess that from this reading as he sounds like an old time Western character from start to finish.

One of the best reading of these audio books I've ever heard, most enjoyable. A must listen to.

KEITH GOOCH
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Along with other Hartnell alumni, Donald Cotton was invited by Virgin books to novelise his old Who scripts (and later Dennis Spooner's The Romans) in the 80's. Cotton decided that these books were unlikely to be bought by young kids and made them a bit more adult and changed the format of the stories.

This and his Myth Makers novel are narrated. In this case it's be the real Wild West Pesudo-journalist Ned Buntline (he interviewed a number of gunslingers and told their stories in dime novels). In the prologue he visits a dying Doc Holliday in a TB sanitorium to hear his story and clear up a few points; why do some say he used a rifle at the OK Corral gunfight instead of his pistol? Was there another Doc there?

The story of how the Doctor, Dodo & Steven came to be in Tombstone during the Gunfight at the OK Corral is related by Buntline with a great deal of humour and wild west style dialogue. The plot is the same as the TV version but characters are expanded and dialogue largely rewritten.

There are various discussions about the honourable way to shoot people and that kind of thing. Dodo is described as resembling the proprietor of "a cat house" (I don't know if anyone shared this with Jackie Lane!) and there is a delightful moment where she beats Holliday at poker and then she later gets the drop on him, holding him at gunpoint.

The more adult material is suggestive rather than explicit so beyond a few embarassing explanations (" a cat house is where they keep cats son!") , after checking it out you could possibly let your kids hear it. They just wouldn't understand some bits. older readers will understand what Doc Holliday and Kate were must have been up to while the Dr waited in the dentists, and the kids probably wouldn't notice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2013
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Looking for a dentist to fix a sore tooth, the TARDIS lands the Doctor and his friends in the Wild West town of Tombstone. And since the TARDIS is notorious for dropping the Doctor right in the middle of trouble, it will come as no surprise that they've landed on the eve of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. So, much against his will, the Doctor finds himself lined up with Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterton and Doc Holliday as they face down the notorious Clanton brothers ....

Donald Cotton's 1985 novelisation follows the same plot of his original scripts, but the book enhances and re-works almost every element to great comic effect. It's not quite as good as his previous Doctor Who novelisation - The Myth Makers but then, very little in the Target range is.

There's plenty of wonderfully quotable lines though, such as this description of the Doctor piloting the TARDIS - "clutching at an apparently haphazard selection of levers with the air of a demented xylophonist, who finds he's brought along the wine list instead of the score".

The audiobook is read by Canadian-born Shane Rimmer, who played Seth Harper in the original story and is probably best known for voicing Scott Tracy in Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds. It's fair to say that he's getting on a bit, and this does come over in the reading. However he does sound authentically American, and therefore his gravelly tones fit the story well.

So, although at times the reading does seem like a bit of a struggle for Rimmer, it's still an enjoyable four hours of tongue-in-cheek Western adventure.
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When I heard Shane Rimmer would be reading this release I was very happy. However, its a very long slog to get to the end. He reads it in character as a gun slinger and the aged drawl wares thin after ten minutes. The regular characters don't sound right voiced in a gravelly American accent and I found it hard to put in the next disc without long breaks where normally I will listen to them in four straight evenings (or however many discs there are) this release took a couple of weeks.

Disappointing
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Who Online on 20 Mar 2007
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BBC Audiobooks' latest offering; The Gunfighters, is a welcomed addition to any Doctor Who fan's audio collection. It begins with the familiar Ron Grainer Doctor Who theme tune, which immidiately makes the listener feel he/she is watching the actual episode itself.

The Gunfighters sees a slight break from tradition of previous Doctor Who adventures, as it's in the style of a black comedy, veined with the slight feeling of a musical, with Tristram Cary's; 'The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon' played at regular intervals throughout.

You really feel the build-up to the cliffhangers, and any urge to press the pause button to make yourself a cup of tea is quashed as you can't wait to hear the resolution in the next episode.

Peter Purves provides the linking narration with fluidity and excellent pace. It's also a comforting thought that he was in the story itself as Steven, which really makes you feel that bit closer to the action.

The quality and clarity probably makes The Gunfighters one of the best produced from BBC Audiobooks Hartnell range, thus far. It is digitally remastered and boy can you tell! Kudos to Mark Ayres for his hard work here.

Overall, an extremely enjoyable package, accompanied by a well presented and striking cover, designed by the fabulous Max Ellis.
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