Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 17

The Highlanders: Episode 3 (31 Dec. 1966)

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With the Highlanders imprisoned aboard Trask's ship, the Doctor attempts to expose Grey's plan.

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With the Highlanders imprisoned aboard Trask's ship, the Doctor attempts to expose Grey's plan.

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Only moderately successful. This comedy/drama adventure was most notable for being the last pure historical story for the next 15 years.
21 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This was sadly the last pure historical adventure in Doctor Who until Black Orchid over 15 years later. Not only is it a sad mistake to drop the pure historical it is also a shame that this is another example of the less successful comedic type of story. The insistence on using the 'historicals' to make forays into comedy in my view caused their apparent 'failure' which lead to them being dropped. This was probably deliberate as the producers at this time disliked setting stories in the past for some reason. It is a pity because the earlier serious historical stories were often among the series all time best.

The comedy works at times but does not work overall compared to taking stories seriously. Humour is a great and integral part of Doctor Who but not the more extreme or broad humour seen on occasions throughout the series. This period was one where this broad humour was more favoured but fortunately there was enough positive going on that it did not ruin more than a few of the stories.

This is not a bad story and is good entertainment as the Doctor, Ben and Polly have adventures in Scotland during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1746. The most important development in the story is the arrival of Jamie McCrimmon played by Frazer Hines who was to remain the companion of the Second Doctor until Patrick Troughton's departure. It is no classic though.


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