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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/10/17 1:27 am
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The Gunfighters has been an oft-maligned story for years. The premise is bizarre: Doctor Who as a Musical Western Comedy Drama with the events leading up to the Gun Fight at the OK Corral.

I was surprised to find it was very well-done. Well, there are a few dubious accents, most were as plausible as accents you'd see on American television at the time. The first two episodes were played more for comedy and there were very well done with some hilarious moments. The final episode in particular is more dramatic and despite being a bit over-the-top by today's standards, it'd stand up against most Westerns being made in America at the time.

While Steven has a couple off, this is one of William Hartnell's best performances as the Doctor. He's obviously enjoying the story which makes it even that more pleasurable to watch. Dodo is also far better than usual in this. The guest cast is also generally strong, with special plaudits going to Anthony Jacobs as Doc Holiday. He makes every scene he's in so much better.

For a soundstage Western, everything looks superb. The direction is great as all the key scenes look authentic. Most importantly, the gun fight is very well staged.

Even the maligned musical number works, as it gives the story some Western atmosphere. Of course, it's a bit of an ear worm and it's odd that there's only one song across all four episodes, a fact the series mocks at the start of Episode 2 in a very self-aware story.

Overall, one of my favorite of the historicals.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 2/9/17 10:42 pm
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One gorgeous serial - and a real gem that I was delighted to find I'd missed.

It's as another reviewer noted, a straight-forward traditional historical. The Doctor, Susan, Ian & Barbara find themselves in the Reign of Terror and gradually become embroiled in an exponential web of revolutionary turmoil. As the serial progresses we transition from comic scenes in rural France to ever violent and grandiose plot points - perfect storytelling! There's a genuine sense of things becoming ever more anarchic and claustrophobic and without hyperbole, I was finding myself recalling The Lives of Others. Maybe one day, my dream series of new who would dare to tackle a similair serial with regards to the Soviet Union!

It's certainly a valid critique that this leads to a relatively plot-less serial where our characters wander through events without much agency. That said, I particularly enjoy this in my Doctor Who - less huge pivotal moments (absurd given the 60's limitations) and more subtle atmosphere. I was reminded also of Big Finish's Other Lives, another comparison of praise! We meet a wide range of characters and explore various locales. One of my two gripes would be that in the fourth and fifth serial the dynamism tends to slow down and we rinse and repeat a few sets - but for the most part there's a great variety. From Doctor Who's first location work; seedy taverns; Parisian boudoirs; dingy prison cells and a middle-class sartorium, there's enough interesting locales to keep the viewer visually hooked.

It's also a real testament to the crew how well these sets work in 1964. Highlights including a horse-drawn cart and plenty of superb lighting, often with naked candle light. Very impressive for the era and certainly a step above the tail end of the Sensorites.

Of course, I mentioned gripes. In addition to a sag in episodes 4 and 5, Susan is woefully mistreated after a cracking step forward in the Sensorites. That acknowledged, there's plenty of character development that would put 2017's Who to shame. We tackle the issue of historical agency as with the Aztecs; Barbara's sexuality is allowed breathing space, with Susan engaging; there's delightfully subtle political commentary for those looking for it and of course, the coda - one of the most heart-warming, tear-inducing, 'why-I-love-Doctor-Who' moments the show has ever produced.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 2/9/17 6:36 am
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2009; a casual fan of New Who, only Doctor I had seen was Tennant. I went to the local video store and came across a Doctor Who DVD, I thought it was old, an old movie that would be crappy compared to the sci/fi drama I knew. I asked Dad to hire it, and he told me of his childhood, growing up watching this man called he also knew as Worzel Gummage and that guy on the cover, Tom Baker. As soon as we got home, I put "The Ark in Space" in the DVD player, about to have my first experience of Classic Who. 2 hours later, I had finished it. I thought it looked cheap and was incredibly dated, slow and boring. I then came across something more familiar in a shop; Destiny of the DALEKS, and I brought it in hope of it being better than the last. I wasn't disappointed.

Fast forward to now, I have seen "The Ark in Space" 5 times, and each time my appreciation and enjoyment for it has grown until now at this point I think it is a great story, a genuine classic. I'm almost ashamed I didn't show much appreciation towards it, I have this story to thank for implanting Tom Baker and the concept of a Classic series of a show I loved in my head and leading to my obsession the next year. "The Ark in Space"is a highly recommended serial from the Classic series as it is a genuine CLASSIC.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 2/7/17 8:17 pm
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Robot is a cracker of a story, I just love the story for some reason, the plot is simple and straightforward, the cast are all on fine form and are a joy to watch. The four episodes fly by and is he perfect length for the introductory story of a new Doctor.
The design of the K-1 Robot I absolutely adore, it just screams Classic Who in a positive way :P
This story is a great entry point into the classic series and was one of the first 4th Doctor stories I watched a few years ago.

The only nitpick I have is the way the relationship between the Doctor and Benton is, it feels as if the Doctor didn't know him and he was a new character; with Pertwee there was a friendly respect and colleague relationship between the two. Even after the regeneration, all of the characters relationships with the Doctor changed, which is fair, but they felt developed and a natural change because of the new, different personality, but with Benton, it feels like the Doctor treats him as bumbly idiot, which is upsetting because I liked that relationship between the two. Hopefully this is changed when we see him again in Terror of the Zygons.

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