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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who takes part in the gunfight at the OK Corral with the help of Scott Tracy
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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Meets The Doc
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who takes part in the gunfight at the OK Corral with the help of Scott Tracy, 10 April 2013
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K. Gooch "Keith Gooch" (Edinburgh Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Meets The Doc, 8 Feb 2013
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by the style of reading, 22 Feb 2014
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M. Hevingham "Mark Hevingham" (BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars There'll be blood upon the sawdust..., 20 Mar 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who, the Gunfighters (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively and entertaining reading of this often laugh out loud audiobook., 1 Jun 2013
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I don't know who Shane Rimmer is but he is absolutely right as the reader of this audiobook. His voice and accent is so spot on as the narrator of the story and gives an authenticity to the recording that someone with a British accent merely narrating and putting on American accents for the characters' voices would not have accomplished so well.

It seemed more like a proper dramatisation than a mere audiobook so good was his reading of it.

There wasn't anything sci-fi about this story, apart from the fact of the TARDIS appearing in a wild west town with visitors from a different time and in the case of the Doctor and Susan, different planet, but such was the entertainment value of the listening experience of this story that the lack of a sci-fi element didn't bother me.

The music and sound effects also were spot on. I don't usually go much on Westerns but thoroughly enjoyed this, and that is down mainly to the excellent reading by Shane Rimmer.

Not to mention how funny the story is as well. I was surprised at how much i enjoyed it and how good it was.
Well done all round!
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1.0 out of 5 stars "...unlistenable...saved by excellent sound effects...", 21 Mar 2013
On the printed page, Donald Cotton's self-penned 1966 four-parter, DOCTOR WHO - THE GUNFIGHTERS is a novel that veritably uncontrollably gallops like a posse hunting down an escape convict across the dust-blistered Western Plains; it extrudes historical footprints in the sand, tonally accurate and suitably humorous without being a "Carry on..." movie pastiche.

Regrettably, AUDIOGO's novelisation is one of the most misguided releases that I have reviewed (with over 200 audiobook reviews completed to date for various media outlets). Certainly, the premise of employing one of the original actors from the television broadcast (Shane Rimmer played Seth Harper) to read the novel must have been acceptable at the Commissioning meeting on that Monday morning. However, it would seem that the actor's Contract must have been signed-and-sealed before AUDIOGO had heard him reading an `auditional text'. Sadly, the aged actor splutters and slurs throughout the recording with uncomfortable ease that grates on the ear and, at times, annunciation lacks clarity that forces you to rewind and attempt to listen again.

Yes, the concept of having a North American (Canadian) reader reading this `Wild West' set story is commendable but on the first day of recording someone must have thought that he was `unsuitable' for the task. Even Elsie the Tea-lady pushing her trolley from studio-to-studio would have noticed it too. Perhaps, Peter Purves could have been engaged for the project.

However, the post-production is as eloquent as ever by MEON SOUNDS, deploying an armoury of sound effects and incidental music that give credence to the historical context of 1887.

Atmospheric, it conjures a dust-covered landscape that has been baked under the relentless sun, whilst errant bullets ricochet aurally across your ears that will have throwing yourself off the sofa to lie flat on the floor. MEON SOUNDS outstanding contribution that attempted to lift Rimmer's reading above poor.

Overall, sadly, DOCTOR WHO - THE GUNFIGHTERS is unlistenable, and I would have preferred to have been trussed-up naked, thrown over the saddle and ridden out of town under the midday sun resulting in dehydration and a sun-blistered backside.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?, 16 Sep 2007
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This was once slated as the "worst ever Dr.Who" story. I cannot agree. It is an all too rare historical adventure which is quite entertaining. However, I do not understand why this has been released at all. The Dr.Who audio collection has been very useful in plugging gaps where the video of the original stories have been wiped. However, all the episodes of this story survive and have been released on video.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Is The Point Of This Release...For Doctor Who Fans That Is, 10 Feb 2007
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Amazon Customer "A Likely Lad" (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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As a Doctor Who fan I really cannot see the point in the BBC releasing material on audio that exists in full on video and is a contender for a later release on DVD. These discs are primarily aimed at Doctor Who fans and is just another way to make an extra few quid out of the fans who will buy the disc and then have to buy The Gunfighters again when the DVD arrives, I should think that most Doctor Who fans have already got the VHS video that came out a couple of years ago, so a waste of time for those people.

Now onto the pluses for releasing the discs. There are very worthwhile reasons for releasing an audio version of a TV drama, the use of the discs for the blind or the visually impaired for instance, to sit back and listen to good drama and comedy can be very nice and relaxing for them. Or for the general public that like to listen to radio in preference to television or if you want to listen to a drama or comedy in the car or jogging, there are many activities what can be done while listening to audio productions.

As a reviewer I have to balance the value of the items between fans and non-fans of Doctor Who, each has valid points for weighing up the worth of the discs, but as a life-long Doctor Who fan myself I am drawn towards that point of view, but can see the other side's view also.

The story itself is an oddball, it's one of the very few occasions that Doctor Who is played as a farce and in someways this actually works, all the regulars are on fine form and the story moves along at a cracking pace. The story takes place during the infamous events of the shootout at the OK Corral, the feud between the Clantons and the Earps and is reputed to have been suggested by William Hartnell himself and is one of his finer performances as the Doctor. The story is moved along by a ballad which is sung during lulls in the action, now this was a little distracting on TV but at least we have the pictures to supplement it on TV but on audio it's just intrusive and to be blunt, annoying. This ballad is released in full on the disc as an extra, it's bad enough to have the extracts of the thing in the show itself but to listen to the full length version is a total pain. The disc also boasts another extra, an interview with Peter Purves, who discusses the making of this story and his time on Doctor Who in general and is very nice.

This is a classic case of good material being released in the wrong format, the source material itself is fine, that isn't the problem it's the presentation of that material that is at fault, however if the release does help at least one person who cannot see the story to enjoy it then it's worthwhile, but for Doctor Who fans don't waste your money and wait for the inevitable DVD.
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