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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445826461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445826462
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerry Davis (1930-1991) wrote a number of documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada. He wrote novels based on the Doctor Who episodes "The Moonbase, The Tenth Planet, Tomb of the Cybermen, The Highlanders" and "The Celestial Toymaker." He also wrote a number of novels based upon the series "Doomwatch."

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It may be small - it constitutes a mere three-disc set - but it is both perfectly formed and perfectly performed.

Gerry Davis' novelisation of the 1966 four-parter story, DOCTOR WHO - THE HIGHLANDERS may not garner any accolades for "outstanding" writing but this new audio version of the Second Doctor's foray back to 1745 is wonderfully dynamic and should be on your `listening list' for the coming months.

And that's solely down to the passionate reading - it's more of a superlative one-woman performance that eclipses the most recent NEW SERIES audiobook tie-in - of Anneke Wills. Gloriously decorative.

Over the three-disc set, released on 6 September 2012, Wills unleashes her inner talent and delivers a box of delicious characterisations that traipse across the slightly damp heather-cushioned Culloden Moor.

From a delicately subtle tones of Patrick Troughton's Time Lord, to a broadly eager young Piper (Jamie McCrimmon), to a cheeky Cockney Mariner (Ben Jackson), to the sadistic Trask, to the marginally effete Solicitor Grey, Wills encompasses the mix of dramatic (Ben's untimely plunge into a seemingly watery grave) and comedy (the Robert Holmeseque relationship between Solicitor Grey and his underling, Perkins).

This unabridged reading is creatively supported by MEON SOUND's (Simon Power) post-production in painting an aural landscape and the minutiae of everyday sound effects that are invaluable in adding contextual depth.

With no science fiction-based alien invasion or mad Earth scientist, DOCTOR WHO - THE HIGHLANDERS is an oddity, especially if you are new recruit to DOCTOR WHO fandom stemming from the NEW SERIES, and may be, yes, odd, to listen to but it is a rewarding romp - with multiple heart-stopping segments - that will listen to again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec 2012
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This is another in the great series, where the Doctor Who novelisations are read, always very well. In this story, set in the time of the Second Doctor, travelling with Polly and Ben, we are taken back to the time of the Battle of Culloden; a band of desperate Highlanders seek to escape from the British Redcoats, and the young Highland piper, Jamie McCrimmon, is seen (or heard) for the first time in the Doctor Who stories. Those who are familiar with this story will know that Jamie is set to become a long-term companion of the Second Doctor, so it is good to have his first introduction immortalised in this story. I do not recall ever seeing this story on tv, so it was good to hear a great rendition of it in novelised form, read by Anneke Wills (who played Polly). Great characters abound in this story, particularly the British Algernon ffinch and Solicitor Grey - well-rounded characters, and a great story. Over three hours of great listening to a classic Doctor Who story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2012
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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.
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