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4.0 out of 5 stars Wills unleashes her inner talent and delivers a box of delicious characterisations, 10 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Highlanders (Audio CD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Och aye!, 22 Dec. 2012
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Highlanders (Audio CD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aye It's Jamie McCrimmons Debut Adventure, 22 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Highlanders (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: The Highlanders (Audio).

Product Info.
4xCD's
Running Time 213 Minutes
Author: Gerry Davis
Read By: Anneke Wills

What's Up Doc?
History books don't always tell the whole story & there's is no record of an episode that occurred when the Scots, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, were defeated by the English at the battle of Culloden in 1746... or the presence at the time of a blue police box on the Scottish moors seems to have escaped the notice of most eye-witnesses...

The Highlanders sets the record straight & while the incidents described may not be of great interest to historians, for Jamie McCrimmon they mark the beginning of a series of extraordinary adventures.

Timelord Thoughts.
Sadly, 'The Highlanders' is one of those Doctor Who story's currently missing from the BBC archives & only exists as 4 off-air audio recordings & telesnaps which has now at last been released as a Target audio adaption.

This is a fast paced story for a historical adventure that sees the debut of Jamie McCrimmon the son of a piper who's first appearance differs completely from the Jamie of later adventures who is a little rough around the edges but is a likeable character nevertheless.

Anneke Wills is superb narrator on this adventure & not only reprises her character of Polly but does well in capturing the tone & mannerisms of the other characters especially the whimsical Second Doctor & brings a silky smooth relaxing tone to this audiobook adaption that's enhanced further by Simon Powers atmospheric sound effects & incidental music score.

The story is a historical adventure that features no bug eyed monsters but Gerry Davis adaption has faithfully kept changes to a minimum & throws plenty of action for good measure & while the Tv story featured the occasional clunky dialogue this Target edition of the story tightens up the storyline & dialogue scenes that adds great intrigue to the drama & the story's tone a little more punchier.

Overall, 'The Highlanders' is a gripping & well written adventure & is a strong debut story for new companion Jamie McCrimmon that is narrated brilliantly by Anneke Wills as Gerry Davis story delivers a solid entertaining Second Doctor adventure that's well worth purchasing for fan's who enjoy these Target audiobooks.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor von Wer meets The Highlanders, 30 Sept. 2012
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Highlanders (Audio CD)
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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