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The Doctor, Ben and Polly
The Doctor, Ben and Polly
 Scotland, 1745. The Doctor, Ben and Polly arrive in Scotland after the Battle of Culloden and meet a band of Highlanders who are fleeing in defeat. Their Laird is injured and the three offer to help tend his injuries. Polly and Kirsty McLaren, the Laird’s daughter, go to fetch some water but whilst they are gone the others are captured by Redcoat troops.

 Things become worse when the group is taken again - this time by the crooked Solicitor Grey, who is part of the West Indian slave trade. The prisoners, Ben amongst them, are bundled on board the Annabelle where the wicked Captain Trask issues dire threats of drowning.

 Meanwhile The Doctor is on dry land confusing all and sundry in a variety of disguises. However, his bumbling manner hides a sharp brain and eventually he, Polly and Ben are reunited in the TARDIS together with young piper Jamie McCrimmon.

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General Information

Season: Four
Production Code: FF
Story Number: 31
Episode Numbers:141 - 144
Number of Episodes: 4
Number of Incomplete/Missing Episodes:4
Percentage of Episodes Held:0%
Working Titles:"Culloden"
Production Dates: November - December 1966
Broadcast Started: 17 December 1966
Broadcast Finished: 07 January 1967
Colour Status: B&W
Studio: Ealing Television Film Studios and Riverside (Studio 1)
Location: Frensham Ponds (Surrey).
Writers:Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis
Director:Hugh David
Producer:Innes Lloyd
Story Editor:Gerry Davis
Production Assistant:Fiona Cumming
Assistant Floor Manager:Nicholas John
Designer:Geoffrey Kirkland
Costume Designer:Sandra Reid
Make-Up Designer:Gillian James
Lighting:George Summers and Ken McGregor
Fights Arranged By:Peter Diamond
Incidental Music:From Stock
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Brian Hodgson
Studio Sounds:Larry Goodson
Title Sequence:Bernard Lodge
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: Anneke Wills (Polly Wright), Michael Craze (Ben Jackson) and Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) (Joins) Guest Cast: Donald Bisset (The Laird), Hannah Gordon (Kirsty) Additional Cast: William Dysart (Alexander), Michael Elwyn (Lt. Algernon Ffinch), Peter Welch (Sergeant), David Garth (Solicitor Grey), Sydney Arnold (Perkins), Tom Bowman (Sentry), Dallas Cavell (Trask), Barbara Bruce (Mollie), Andrew Downie (Willie Mackay), Peter Diamond (Sailor), Guy Middleton (Colonel Attwood)Setting: Scotland (1746) Villain:Solicitor Grey

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
141Episode 117 December 196624'38"6.7Missing
142Episode 224 December 196623'41"6.8Missing
143Episode 331 December 196622'54"7.4Missing
144Episode 407 January 196724'19"7.3Missing

Total Duration 1 Hour 36 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.0
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)65.44%  (Position = 96 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)62.90% Lower (Position = 145 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)65.30% Higher (Position = 166 out of 241)


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 All four episodes lost. About 2 minutes of footage (from episode 1) were recovered, in October 1996, from Australian censor cuts.



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Notes


The script for this story was commissioned from Elwyn Jones. However, Story Editor Gerry Davis stepped in to write the story when Elwyn Jones realised he was too busy to write it. Gerry Davis therefore shared an on-screen credit.

The working title for this story was "Culloden". However, it was soon realised that a few years previously, the BBC had aired a docudrama called Culloden which resulted in the changing of the title.

This story is the first appearance of Frazer Hines as companion-to-be Jamie McCrimmon. Frazer Hines’ first work on Doctor Who was during location filming on 15th November 1966 at Frensham Ponds in Surrey.

Producer Innes Lloyd and Story Editor Gerry Davis were initially uncertain whether the character of Jamie would work as an ongoing character, and, although Frazer Hines ' contract had an option for three more stories, an ending was filmed with Jamie staying behind when the TARDIS departed. However, Frazer Hines' performance during shooting ultimately convinced them that the character had potential, and so the ending was re-shot. His popularity with the public ensured Jamie became a long time member of the TARDIS crew appearing in more episodes of the show than anyone other than the first four Doctors.

With Jamie becoming the new companion this marked the first time that the TARDIS crew had returned to its original complement of four since the Season Two story "The Chase".

Well known actors Hannah Gordon and Donald Bisset star as Kirsty and the Laird.

David Garth (who plays Solicitor Grey) returned to Doctor Who, as the bowler hated Time Lord in the 1971 Third Doctor story "Terror of the Autons". Peter Welch (who plays the Sergeant) returned as, Morgan, in the 1975 Fourth Doctor story "The Android Invasion". Dallas Cavell (who plays Trask) had earlier appeared in "The Reign of Terror"and "The Daleks' Master Plan". He would return to Doctor Who in a further two stories; the 1970 story "The Ambassadors of Death" and the 1982 Fifth Doctor story "Castrovalva". William Dysart (who plays Alexander) also returned to Doctor Who in "The Ambassadors of Death" - playing the part of Reegan.

The Doctor appears in an array of disguises: a German doctor, an aged washer-woman and a Redcoat.

In the first episode The Doctor refers to himself as ‘Doktor von Wer’ - a rough German translation of ‘Doctor Who’. Though there is a more explicit reference in "The War Machines", this is the only instance of The Doctor actually assigning himself a genuine surname.

Although ratings for this story were on par with the previous two stories, this would be the final Doctor Who historical adventure for more than fifteen years as Producer Innes Lloyd and Story Editor Gerry Davis were finally able to steer the programme towards a more exclusively science-fictional bent. After this story the ‘historicals’ would effectively be replaced with stories set in contemporary times, something which - apart from brief sections of "An Unearthly Child", "The Chase", "The Daleks' Master Plan" and "The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve" - had only been attempted in "Planet of Giants" until Lloyd and Davis piloted the concept in "The War Machines". Although the use of archaic settings for science-fiction stories would not be discouraged, "The Highlanders" would be the last traditional historical adventure until the 1982 story "Black Orchid". It is rumoured that Patrick Troughton also encouraged the move away from historical stories out of an interest in exploring ‘real science in drama’, as well as a desire to further distinguish his era from that of William Hartnell’s role as the First Doctor.

All four episodes are missing. However, Telesnaps (off-air camera photographs) from this story exist in the BBC archives. Three short clips were also recovered after they were discovered in Australia in October 1996. This footage had previously been edited out of the broadcast by Australian censors.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The introduction of new companion Jamie McCrimmon played by Frazer Hines.

 The first time that the TARDIS crew had returned to its original complement of four since the Season Two story "The Chase".

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Hugh David.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 The last truly historical Doctor Who story until the 1982 Fifth Doctor story "Black Orchid".


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The Plot

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The TARDIS
The TARDIS

The time travellers arrive in Scotland in 1746 during the aftermath of the battle of Culloden. There The Doctor and his two companions, Polly Wright and Ben Jackson, find the British army, triumphant after the defeat over the rebel forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie, mopping up survivors of the recent battle.

Four fleeing Highlanders - Alexander McLaren, piper Jamie McCrimmon , their badly wounded Laird Colin McLaren and his daughter Kirsty- take refuge in an abandoned cottage. This cottage is not far from a glen where the TARDIS has just materialised.

As they explore their surroundings The Doctor and his companions narrowly avoid being hit by cannon fire and shortly afterwards they are captured by Alexander McLaren, who takes them to the cottage and prepares to put them to death as camp followers of the Duke of Cumberland. Kirsty, believing that The Doctor can provide medical help for the Laird, wins a stay of execution.

Leaving the TARDIS
Leaving the TARDIS

Ben then produces a pistol, that he had found outside, and turns it on Jamie and Alexander. While Kirsty and Polly go to fetch some water, with which to clean the Laird’s wounds, The Doctor extracts a promise from Jamie and Alexander that they will not attack him and his companions. A sceptical Ben obeys The Doctor's instruction to put the pistol down, but as he does so it goes off. The sound however, attracts a group of Redcoats who descend on the cottage. Alexander is shot dead, defending them from Redcoat troops. Watching from a nearby hill Polly and Kirsty are able to slip away undetected as the soldiers storm the cottage and their Lieutenant, Algernon Ffinch, orders that all the occupants be hanged immediately.

Before this can be carried out The Doctor, Jamie, Ben, and the Laird find themselves in the custody of Grey, a crooked solicitor who it turns out sells prisoners for transportation to slavery in the West Indies. It is an illegal scam, but one he hopes will make him rich. They are taken to the prison in Inverness and incarcerated with many other prisoners, but The Doctor cons his way out of the drenched cell and then overpowers Grey and his secretary Perkins in order to make his escape. So as to move freely around The Doctor adopts the guise of a kitchen maid and a German.

The Doctor, Ben and Polly
The Doctor, Ben and Polly

The remaining prisoners, including Jamie, Ben and the Laird, are then transferred to a ship, The Annabelle, that is captained by the unscrupulous sea captain called Trask. It is not long before the prisoners work out they could be being sold as slaves but most accept this fate, believing this to be better than the gallows. Ben though is not willing to accept either fate and so, when the opportunity arises, he attacks Grey. But while making his escape he is caught by Trask who has him thrown into the sea.

Meanwhile, to avoid Lieutenant Ffinch - who believes the Prince to be one of them following the rumour that he fled the battlefield as a woman - Polly and Kirsty end up hiding in a cave and then in an animal pit. Eventually Ffinch finds them but they use their feminine wiles to entrap him and steal his money. Later in Inverness, the nearest major town to Culloden, they run into him again and use his previous foolishness to blackmail him into helping them find The Doctor, Ben and Jamie.

The Doctor, Polly, Kirsty and Ben - who has swum to safety – are reunited and together they hatch a plan to free Ben, Jamie and the other prisoners. The Doctor returns to the ship, is captured and while he distracts Grey the others manage to free the prisoners from the hold and supply them with arms so they can conduct an uprising. Trask though is able to flee but ends up wounded and in the sea. With The Annabelle no longer under his command the Scottish prisoners decide to sail the ship to the safety of France.

The Doctor and Polly are Captured
The Doctor and Polly are Captured

The Doctor, Ben and Polly return to the town, using Grey as a hostage to ensure their safe passage around the area, and are joined by Jamie, who has decided to stay and help them find the TARDIS - therefore missing the trip to France. Grey though is able to escape but The Doctor and his party then discover Lieutenant Ffinch who they force to help them return to Culloden

The travellers eventually arrive back at the glen, only to be met by Grey and a patrol of soldiers. Lieutenant Ffinch though has learned of Grey's illicit scheme and orders the soldiers to arrest the solicitor. Grey though has lost the paperwork (thanks to The Doctor) and is unable to prove any legality about his plans. Thanked by a kiss from Polly, Lieutenant Ffinch departs.

With the soldiers and Grey gone the travellers prepare to leave. The Doctor, Ben and Polly return to the TARDIS and so as to offer Jamie a place of sanctuary The Doctor invites their new friend, Jamie, to join then which Jamie nervously accepts.

 
The Doctor and Polly are Threatened
The Doctor and Polly are Threatened
Jamie and Alexander
Jamie and Alexander
The Doctor
The Doctor
The Doctor is Captured
The Doctor is Captured
 
The Doctor and Jamie
The Doctor and Jamie
The Doctor in Disguise
The Doctor in Disguise
The Doctor with Solicitor Grey
The Doctor with Solicitor Grey
Polly, Kirsty and Algernon
Polly, Kirsty and Algernon




Quote of the Story


 'What have we done? Nothing! And what have you got against these two? They lost a battle, right? Well, doesn't that make them prisoners of war?'

Ben Jackson



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
VHS
The Missing YearsNovember 1998BBCV 6766Photo-montageA 56 minute documentary presented by Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) and Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) Includes existing footage from episode 1 Released as part of The Ice Warriors Collection (BBCV 6387)
Audio
CD
The HighlandersAugust 2000Narrated by Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) Double CD Release
Audio
CD
Adventures in HistoryAugust 2003Photo-montageNarrated by Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) Audio box set including "The Myth Makers" and "The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve"
Video
DVD
Doctor Who: Lost in TimeNovember 2004BBCDVD 1353Photo-montageIncludes surviving clips from episode 1
Audio
CD
The HighlandersAugust 2011Photo-montagePart of the "Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Three 1966-1967" Box Set Narrated by Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
The HighlandersNovember 1984Target No. 90Gerry DavisNick SpenderISBN: 0-426-19676-7
Novel
Novel
The Highlanders1984Target No. 90Gerry DavisNick SpenderHardback. ISBN: 0-491-03193-9
Novel
Novel
The Highlanders1985Target No. 90Gerry DavisBook: Nick Spender
Box: Graham Potts
Re-released as part of The Seventh Doctor Who Gift Set
ISBN: 0-426-20206-6
CD
CD
The HighlandersSeptember 2012Target No. 90Gerry DavisNick SpenderAudio version of the Target Novel read by Anneke Wills (Polly Wright)
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time)Issue 31
Doctor Who Monthly - ArchiveIssue 66 (Released: July 1982)
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap ArchiveIssue 233 (Released: December 1995)
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap ArchiveIssue 234 (Released: January 1996)
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap ArchiveIssue 235 (Released: February 1996)
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap ArchiveIssue 236 (Released: March 1996)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 292 (Released: June 2000)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 298 (Released: December 2000)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 486 (Released: June 2015)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 569 (Released: November 2021)
Doctor Who Magazine Special - Telesnap Archive1986 Summer Special (Released: 1986)

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Missing Years VHS Video Cover
Missing Years VHS Video Cover

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Soundtrack CD Cover

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Adventures in History CD Cover
Adventures in History CD Cover

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Lost In Time DVD Cover
Lost In Time DVD Cover

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The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Three CD Cover
The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Three CD Cover

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In Print

Target Book Cover
Target Book Cover

Target
NOVEL
Hardback Book Cover
Hardback Book Cover

Target
NOVEL
The Seventh Doctor Who Gift Set
The Seventh Doctor Who Gift Set

Target
NOVEL
Target Audio CD Cover
Target Audio CD Cover

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Magazines

Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time): Issue 31
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time): Issue 31

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Doctor Who Monthly - Archive: Issue 66
Doctor Who Monthly - Archive: Issue 66

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Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 233
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 233

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 234
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 234

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 235
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 235

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 236
Doctor Who Magazine - Telesnap Archive: Issue 236

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 292
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 292

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 298
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 298

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 486
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 486

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 569
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 569

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine Special - Telesnap Archive: 1986 Summer Special
Doctor Who Magazine Special - Telesnap Archive: 1986 Summer Special

Marvel Comics


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