The TARDIS lands in Scotland shortly after the Battle of Culloden. Befriending a small group of fleeting Jacobites, the Doctor, Ben & Polly face a number of hair-raising adventures before they can return to the safety of the TARDIS. And when they leave, they have a new traveling companion - James Robert McCrimmon.
Gerry Davis' novelisation was published in 1984 and was based on his original scripts, transmitted towards the end of 1966. This is still very early in the reign of the Second Doctor, indeed this was only his second story, so he's somewhat different from the character he would become. The Doctor of The Highlanders is more oblique and cryptic, and his companions have to take his sometimes odd behaviour on trust, hoping that he's doing the right thing.
Anneke Wills, who played Polly in the original series, narrates this audiobook. This is the second in the series she has done and frankly, it's a mystery why she hasn't done more, as she has a gorgeous reading voice that effortlessly draws the listener into the story.
With a variety of Scottish accents as well as the chirpy cockney Ben, she has her work cut out, but is able to deliver. Maybe her Ben could do with being slightly less broad, but that's about the only slight criticism I have.
On three discs and running at 3 hours 30 minutes, this is the shortest release in the Classic Novels series. But it's relative brevity is it's strength, as it doesn't outstay its welcome.
The Highlanders is another quality release and it's hoped that Anneke Wills will return sooner rather than later to read more tales from her time in the TARDIS.