On Wynonna Earp, Doc Holliday is a legend. A gambler, gunslinger and an old friend of Wyatt Earp, Doc is a staple when it comes to stories of the Old West. Now, in Wynonna Earp, a still-kicking 160-some year-old version of Doc is every bit the legend that the tales of lawmen and outlaws lead us to believe.
Played by Tim Rozon, Wynonna Earp’s Doc Holliday is a man who’s spent years at the bottom of a well, waiting for revenge when Wyatt’s great granddaughter Wynonna comes along. Having some valuable firsthand experience with the revenants that Wynonna’s hunting (pre-demon, of course), Doc becomes a central part of the Earp Revenant Removal Squad.
We spoke with Rozon about Doc’s place in the world of Wynonna Earp, about Episode 12 and what’s coming up in the season finale.
Doc gets himself into quite a bit of trouble in Episode 12, being strung up and having knives thrown at him. What was that scene like to film?
The actor who played Big Bubba, he was actually already in the show [in Episode 5 as Vinnie the Viper]. But he was so good the first time and so creepy that they had to bring him back so they gave him a twin brother. He’s a great actor and we had a great time shooting together.
But what I love is that they put in there that Doc was a knife fighter. He was actually well-known for being amazing with his knives, not just his gun — Doc was really really good with knives so I was so happy that they put something in there that was real Doc history.
One of the most central relationships in the show is the one between Doc and Wynonna. What was that dynamic like to flesh out?
People are always asking me, “Are you Team Doc or Team Dolls?” and it’s like, ‘Do I have to choose?’”
I think that the Doc and Wynonna thing was going to happen, right from the start. They were such wounded characters that saw something in each other that was safe and that both of them can relate to. Whether it was good or bad, it was there. And their connection was kind of right off the bat. They were barreling towards each other and what happened was just bound to happen.
Watching the Dolls and Wynonna thing over 12 episodes…as a fan, I want it to happen. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m waiting for it to happen. And I don’t think that Wynonna needs to choose Doc or Dolls. I’m a firm believer that not one of us alone is enough man for Wynonna Earp. Maybe a combination of both of them can handle her. I also think that Docs never going to make her choose…I think he’ll always be in her life. In one way or another, I think they’ll always be attracted to each other.
Another relationship we’ve seen more of towards the back half of the season is the relationship between Doc and Waverly. What was that like to explore?
It’s like a brother-sister thing, and you think he’s the one looking out for her and protecting her, but actually it’s her looking out for him and protecting him most of the time. And he’s so obvious, he doesn’t see it. But in a lot of ways, I believe that the Waverly character is the anchor of the entire show. She kind of grounds all of the characters, characters that are so crazy and out there and selfish in their own motives and it leaves Waverly there kind of caring about other people.
Even Wynonna, God bless her, she’s so hell-bent driven on just killing all these revenants that she forgets there are other people in her life that matter. I think the reason that Doc and Waverly understand each other and care about each other is they’re both the underdogs. They understand that they’re never going to be #1. Wynonna’s always going to be #1 and they have to accept it. So I think they’re drawn to each other in a way that they care about each other and understand each other and they love each other.
I love that dynamic. Give me more Doc/Waverly scenes.
Right. I love that Doc is the first person that Waverly tells about her relationship with Nicole.
Me too, and I thought Doc’s reaction was amazing. He’s from 130 years ago and it didn’t phase him at all. He wants Waverly to be happy. It was cool with him. I think Doc Holliday’s a fan of WayHaught, that’s what it is.
She’s also the first person that calls him out that he loves her sister. Waverly sees Doc…I don’t think other people understand Doc, but Waverly does.
As we approach the end of season 1, I assume that we’re going to see Doc in more danger. Can you tease anything about what’s coming?
Listen, Emily Andras is a genius. Every storyline is going to get dealt with and wrapped up by the end of 113. And then a bunch of stuff is going to happen that’s going to blow everybody’s mind and nobodys ready for it. People’s minds are going to be blown. People can come up with as many theories as they want, it’s not going to be as crazy as what’s going to happen in 113.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.