Welcome back to Pledge Break, the podcast where two old friends talk about the Doctor Who version of history and the history of Doctor Who! In this episode, we’re looking at the William Hartnell oddity The Gunfighters, a divisive story with a peculiar brand of what Sidney Newman politely called “mickey-taking.”
In the post, we allude to a few different films and images. Here they are:
Dmitri Tiomkin’s score for the 1957 Gunfight at the OK Corral contains a mournful ballard; it’s much more cowboy-ish than the song in this story, but it’s hard to imagine it wasn’t an influence.
As you can see, the historical Wyatt looks not unlike his TV incarnation:
This article on the Gonzo History Project covers previous cinematic incarnations of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. If you’re curious about Lee/Cushing vehicle The Skull, you should check out James’ review on Bad Movie Marathon.