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Loose Cannon Production 09
The Highlanders
"Crag An Tuire!"

     
BBC Production Details
Production Code: FF
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 17th December 1966 -
Saturday 07th January 1967
Season: 4
Number of Episodes: 4
Writers: Gerry Davis (Eps 1&4)
Elwyn Jones (Eps 2&4)
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Hugh David
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: July 1999
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,2,3,4
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Audio recorded by Graham Strong
  Surviving clips
Other authentic pictures
Pictures from other stories / sources
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: T120
   
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Loose Cannon Says:

The Highlanders is a wonderfully written historical set in the 1700's. The story is quite fun and introduces Jamie McCrimmon for the first time. Jamie, of course, joins the TARDIS crew and goes on to become one of the Doctor's longest travelling companions, and a fan favorite.

Patrick Troughton plays four characters in this story: The Doctor, a German doctor, a red coat, and an old woman. This story is a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy it.

Synopsis:

Arriving in Scotland in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, the Doctor and his companions are taken prisoner by a group of Scottish rebels. Offering medical help to the clan's injured Laird, the Doctor is able to win over their captors.

Their respite is short-lived, though. While Polly and the Laird's daughter, Kirsty, go to fetch water, the others are captured by a Redcoat troop under the command of Lieutenant Ffinch. Ffinch leaves his prisoners in the custody of Grey, a crooked solicitor who plans to sell them into slavery in the West Indies.

To win his friends' freedom, the Doctor must stretch his powers of disguise to their limits...

Reviews:

Review by Paul Cryer

The story is the same style as The Smugglers, a historical comedy, and again, like the Smugglers, it works quite well. The characters are played well and Troughton gives good performances as all his characters, the Doctor, a German Doctor and an old woman. It introduces new character Jaime (all be it very suddenly). RATING = 7/10

The reconstruction is pretty good. The audio is clear and the telesnaps vary. Some are crystal clear, verging on the quality of the BBC ones in The Ice Warriors, most are clear, JV quality, and about 10% are rather bad. The clips are used well, plus some clips from other programmes that fit in well. Another good attempt from Rick. RATING = 9/10

 

Review by Adam Taylor

An entertaining historical comedy/drama. The Doctor's going about in drag is amusing as Troughton tries out different ideas for his Doctor. The picture quality is good, although the audio has a few drop outs from time to time. It's reat to see Polly as a stronger, more decisive character -the more I see of her & Ben, the more I like them! The story moves along well, though drags in places, particularly scenes in the Annabelle, which don't convey enough menace. the ideas of incorporating film footage into the final fight onboard is interesting, but I found it distracting and at odds with the audio. Nevertheless, and easy and enjoyable viewing.

RATING: 7/10

 

Review by Stuart Palmer

The Highlanders is a curious wee beasty. The last two episodes are reasonably enjoyable, especially the third, but the first two feel very lacklustre and slow. Polly is given a chance to shine and use some ingenuity, but Ben is downright irritating and occasionally just plain thick, quite unlike the Ben of previous productions. The Doctor gets some lovely Doctorish moments, and his curious obsession with hats is amusing, but he spends much of the time in disguise so we don't see as much of him as we want to, particularly in those first two episodes again. I suppose what I'm saying is that The Highlanders is a very average sort of Doctor Who adventure.

But what of the reconstruction? Well, that's kind of average too, at its best in the third and fourth episodes, mirroring the quality of the story. It's a standard sort of affair with occasional film footage that works well enough, though the quality isn't always brilliant. Some of the telesnaps are mystifying. I stared at one for ages and still couldn't work out what it was supposed to be! What was John Cura thinking of at the time! The sound is reasonable, though with occasional muffled patches and one or two gaps. However, I commend the Loose Cannon team for the creative use of footage in the last episode. This really helped to bring the assault on the ship to life. It was probably a good deal better than the original BBC version would have been...

Not a favourite then, but still a big thanks is due to Loose Cannon for giving me the chance to actually HAVE an opinion on this story. I think I'll go back to Power of the Daleks and really spoil myself now.

 

Review by Warren Butler

Hmmm.... although not a brillant story, like Marco Polo, I thank the team at LC for giving us the chance to see this essential part of DW. I am constantly amazed at how a scene from "Mutiny on the Bounty" made it into a DW story (as I am sure the actors from "Mutiny" would be) I think I can say that whilst "The Highlanders" is not one of my favourites, it fills in some background.

 
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