In it the time travellers arrive in Scotland in the aftermath of the battle of Culloden, meeting up with a band of fleeing Highlanders. Polly and the daughter of the group's Laird, whose battle injuries are being treated by the Doctor, go off to fetch water and return to find that the others have been captured by Redcoat troops. Can the Doctor save the day?
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What a wonderful story. The last pure historical story for years. Patrick Troughton shines in this story, showcasing his great acting abilities. No wonder he was picked as the Doctor. New companion Jamie is introduced in this story, he will stay with Troughton's Doctor until the end of Troughton's time as the Doctor. Companions Polly and Ben also contribute a lot to this story. Proving what a great team this Tardis crew is. Great stuff.
I go this book in part to hear how Jamie joined the Tardis crew. For that reason I am glad I got it. I have to say that although the story is fairly decent, I found many of the characters extremely annoying not least of all the two companions travelling with the Doctor. I have a selection of Dr. Who audio books and this is by far my least favorite.
"historical fun & frolics"
The description may suggest a very stern Doctor Who story but 'The Highlanders' is actually delightful entertainment of the very best quality. This is a cheeky, enjoyable romp through history with Patrick Troughton getting the chance to flex his comic muscles by pretending to be a dotty old German medic.
It's sad that the original episodes have been lost but this works beautifully as an audiobook. Frazer Hines delivers descriptions of the action with charm and brevity. It also worth noting that this storyline sees the debut of his character Jamie.
Essential listening for all Doctor Who fans.
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