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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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.
Forty Something IT Project Manager, Liverpool FC and Doctor Who fan
There at the top - although only listened to a few other books and genres
You can picture yourself in 18th century Scotland with a prime seat to watch the English fight the Scots with the new Doctor and his three companions caught in the middle and with divided loyalties
The next best thing to watching this on DVD - which you can't as it does not exist on video anymore
The English Officer being forced to help the Scottish women
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"The Doctor to the Rescue."
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.
"Decent story, presentation not great"
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.
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