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"You suffer from headaches...?"
―The Doctor
The Highlanders
Series: Doctor Who - TV Stories
Season Number: Season 4
Story Number: 31
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companions: Ben Jackson
Jamie McCrimmon (Introduction)
Enemy: Solicitor Grey
Setting: Scotland, 1746 (April)
Writer: Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis
Director: Hugh David
Broadcast: 17th December 1966 -
7th January 1967
Format: 4 25-minute Episodes
Previous Story: The Power of the Daleks
Following Story: The Underwater Menace

The Highlanders was the fourth story of Season 4 of Doctor Who. The story was the last of the 'pure historical' genre of Doctor Who television stories which had been a regular feature of the show since its inception. It also marked the first appearance of Frazer Hines as companion Jamie McCrimmon.




The time travellers arrive in Scotland just after battle of Culloden. The Doctor gains the trust of a small band of fleeing Highlanders by offering to tend their wounded Laird, Colin McLaren; but while Polly and the Laird's daughter, Kirsty, are away fetching water, he and the others are all captured by Redcoat troops under the command of Lieutenant Algernon Ffinch.

Grey, a crooked solicitor who sells prisoners for transportation to slavery in the West Indies, then secures the group into his custody. Polly and Kirsty blackmail Ffinch into helping, and the Doctor eventually wins the day by smuggling arms to the Highlanders, who are being held on board a stolen ship, the Annabelle.

Grey and the ship's unscrupulous captain, Trask, are overpowered and the vessel returned to its rightful owner, MacKay, who agrees to take the Scots to safety in France.

The Doctor, Polly and Ben return to the TARDIS, where they are joined on their travels by the young piper Jamie McCrimmon.




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Story Notes

  • This story had the working title of Culloden.
  • The next "pure historical" serial, Black Orchid, would not be broadcast until 1982. Though Black Orchid is sometimes referred to as an historical serial, but while it takes place in the 1920s, actual historical events do not play into the plot of the latter story.


  • Episode 1 - 6.7 million viewers
  • Episode 2 - 6.8 million viewers
  • Episode 3 - 7.4 million viewers
  • Episode 4 - 7.3 million viewers


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Filming Locations

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

Ffinch threatens his men with 300 lashes apiece (In the book, Davis alters it to a less terminal six.)

The Jacobite rebellion is erroneously presented as an Anglo-Scottish conflict, rather than the attempt to restore the Stuart dynasty as it actually was.


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DVD, Video and Other Releases

Audio release

  • Released by the BBC Radio Collection in August 2000, narrated by Frazer Hines.
  • Re-released as part of the the Adventures in History box set released in August 2003 (with same content).


Main article: The Highlanders (novelisation)

See also

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External Links

  • Official BBC Episode Guide for The Highlanders
  • Official BBC The Highlanders photonovel
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide: Detailed Synopsis - The Highlanders
  • A Brief History of Time (Travel) entry for The Highlanders
  • The Highlanders transcripts
  • The Locations Guide to Doctor Who - The Highlanders
Season 4
The Smugglers  • The Tenth Planet  • The Power of the Daleks  • The Highlanders  • The Underwater Menace  • The Moonbase  • The Macra Terror  • The Faceless Ones  • The Evil of the Daleks

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