Doctor Who: The Highlanders

Doctor Who The Highlanders History books don t always tell the whole story Certainly there is no record of an episode that occurred when the Scots led by Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by the English at the Battle of Cul

  • Title: Doctor Who: The Highlanders
  • Author: Gerry Davis
  • ISBN: 9780426196761
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • History books don t always tell the whole story Certainly there is no record of an episode that occurred when the Scots, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, were defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden in 1746And the presence at the time of a blue police box on the Scottish moors seems to have escaped the notice of most eye witnessesE HIGHLANDERS sets the recHistory books don t always tell the whole story Certainly there is no record of an episode that occurred when the Scots, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, were defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden in 1746And the presence at the time of a blue police box on the Scottish moors seems to have escaped the notice of most eye witnessesE HIGHLANDERS sets the record straight And while the incidents described may not be of great interest to historians, for Jamie McCrimmon they mark the beginning of a series of extraordinary adventures.

    One thought on “Doctor Who: The Highlanders”

    1. I started listening to this a week ago when I was very sick. It was lovely to have Anneke reading the story. She did a wonderful job doing all the voices. I wasn't familiar with the storyline at all I just knew this was the last of the historical adventures. As someone who loves history I thoroughly enjoyed this. There were also lots of little amusing moments. I loved how Polly was a forward thinking woman of the 60s teaching independence by action to the Scottish lass. I giggled when they made [...]

    2. The trouble with being a fan of black and white Doctor Who, the Patrick Troughton era in particular, is that there's none of it left! Of 21 serials starring Pat, 6 are complete, leaving avid Dr Who nuts scrabbling around to find any way of experiencing these lost stories. The BBC have released audio versions of all of the missing stories, but these are now out of print and very expensive. Another option is the Target books, a series of novelising every classic Dr Who story (barring anything writ [...]

    3. nhwvejournal/1028417ml#cutid1[return][return]The best Davis novel I've read so far, though this is not especially high praise. It's one of Polly's better stories, and of course introduces Jamie as a regular; a couple of odd changes of detail from the TV version, but this is basically a narrative that hangs together on its own merits. Unfortunately there is still something of a sense of the author writing down what appears on the screen.

    4. I feel the need to explain as this is out of place of my typical reading choices. I read that Diana Gabaldon was inspired to write Outlander by an episode of Doctor Who. As someone who loves both stories, I spent a fair amount of time looking for the Doctor Who episode. Only recently did I find out it is one of the episodes that was recorded over they say within months of it airing. What are the odds that Ms. Gabaldon saw it on that original airing!?! Well, barring some miracle, it isn't likely [...]

    5. Considering the fact that I'm only reading this because I can't watch the original episodes, I found it fairly amusing. While there wasn't any real character development, I enjoyed getting to know them better especially tidbits like the Ben and Polly dynamic as well as the Doctor's quirks. I mean, now I know where all that stuff about the Doctor napping at a moment's notice (that I first encountered in the Wheel of Ice) came from. I do feel pretty fortunate to be completely ignorant of the histo [...]

    6. I found a Half-Price Book store with dozens of classic Doctor Who novelizations for $3 each, and thought the incomplete early serials was the best place to start. I don't have the patience to listen to audio tracks that don't even have narration, and novels seem like the best place to know the story without just reading a synopsis.The Highlander is a notable story for being the first appearance of one of the longest serving companions in Doctor Who history, Jamie McCrimmon. The novel was fun, an [...]

    7. One of the best of the straight historical Doctor Who adventures and the one that introduces Jamie, one of the best companions.Set during the highland uprising, this story gives a bit of history on an event a lot of kids in the USA wouldn't have known much about as well as presenting a nice adventure.Some nice characterization, as this is early in the second Doctor's regeneration, so there is some tension still between him and Ben and Polly.

    8. One of my favorite classic Doctor Who novelizations! The Highlanders was the story that introduced Second Doctor companion Jamie MacCrimmon. Unfortunately this is one of the serials that is still missing, so the novelization is the closest we'll come to being able to see this story. It's a shame, reading this entertaining book makes me want to see it on screen even more! A must read for any Jamie fan!!

    9. As straightforward an adventure as any of the Doctor Who stories. With it's unerring sense of interesting times, the TARDIS lands in Scotland at the conclusion of a battle attempting to secure the English Throne for the Stuart Kings. The Doctor, Ben, and Polly meet up with Scots fleeing the battle and become embroiled in a plot to transport prisoners to the West Indies to profit an English Aristocrat. The question of what a Scotsman wears under his kilt is not resolved.

    10. I found this book at a convention for, well, an obvious Science-Fiction Television Show, and I absolutely loved the novel. Don't get me wrong, it is no masterpiece, but I find this is one of the better attempts in Doctor Who history to create a slightly humourous novel that brings the episode back to life in ways it never has been, nor ever will be again. This book does have some rather dull bits, but, rather than tell you them, I think you should pick them out on your own.

    11. I wish we had a least one episode of this serial preserved. Fun little story, although the writing was more compelling in the opening chapters. I like Doctor Who when "the fate of the universe" is not on the line. It seems not so much more real (the premise is goofy at heart) but if you keep saving "the universe" I have to wonder what keeps it ticking.

    12. There's something nice about reading a book that's just 126 pages, which you can finish in two days or less, ands which doesn't have to waste time introducing the main characters or spending a lot of time on character development, because you already know them.Not the best book or doctor who serial I've encountered lately, but not bad for a $3 used bookstore find.

    13. A missing story that I didn't know much about other than being the first to feature Jamie. Not sure what it was like on screen, but here it's hilarious. The Second Doctor is finding his feet, so feels unfamiliar. Surprisingly for a 60s story, it's great for Polly, who gets plenty of action and comedy moments with the foppish Algernon Ffinch.A pleasant surprise. Welcome aboard, Jamie!

    14. I really enjoyed this novelization of Jamie McCrimmon's inaugural adventure with the second Doctor, which is one of the many episodes from that period to be wiped by the BBC. It's funny and full of action. It's one if the strictly historical stories they did at the time, taking place during the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Here's hoping they locate copies of this series. I'd love to see it.

    15. A lovely fun read. The Second Doctor is as delightful as the modern version, saving his friends with cleverness and drag. Ben and Polly aren't too shabby either. This story also introduces the wonderful Jamie. A real treat for fans of the Doctor!

    16. It was a funny Doctor Who story. The Doctor was funny. Ben was funny. Polly was a hoot and a half. And Jamie was funny. And they still managed to get out of a tight situation. An average Doctor Who adventure.

    17. Gerry Davis' best novelization. Concise, exciting, and with a surprisingly romantic re-interpretation of Polly's relationship with an English redcoat, this is excellent work. Highly recommended.

    18. Moderately good novelisation - one historical inaccuracy (reasons for the Jacobite rebellions) - but a pleasant enough read of a no longer extant story.

    19. A solid historical adventure; makes one regret that Doctor Who moved away from pure historicals. Jamie joining the TARDIS crew is a bit abrupt, but it certainly worked out for the best (B+)

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *