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Doctor Who: The Highlanders Original BBC Television Soundtrack (BBC Radio Collection) [AUDIOBOOK] Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Aug 2000

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (7 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563477555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563477556
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio CD
The BBC destroyed many of the early Doctor Who episodes. Luckily, fans of the series recorded audio versions of these now destroyed episodes, and now they are being published for fans. 'The Highlanders' is one of these stories. The audio recording is excellent, bringing out nearly every necessary sound. The sound and dialouge is easy to understand. Frazer Hines (Jamie in the recording) contributes descriptions of the action when needed, and he provides it with appropriate emotion and spirit. (Not like Peter Purves's impersonal narration in 'The Massacre'.) Hines is not at all obtrusive in the supplementing the tale. As for the story itself, 'The Highlanders' is a great story with action and comedy. The Doctor has many great comedic scenes, and Polly, who usually only supplies the men with coffee in other stories, gets to take a more active and assertive role in rescuing her friends. It is a pity though that the BBC did not include pictures (which are available) for the listener to have images of the original TV programme. However, 'The Highlanders' is a welcome new addition for any Doctor Who fan.
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The latest in the series of "lost" television soundtracks to be released on CD based on Sixties episodes now junked, "The Highlanders" is the last truly historical story in the show's long and distinguished career. Charting the conflict between the Scots and the English - always a popular theme - this adventure compensates for allegedly historic inaccuracies with a tale of derring-do and highland flingery the likes of which it rarely did before in its' previous histories. The Doctor and his crew take sides with the oppressed Scottish clan McLaren, and become quickly embroiled in the dastardly attempts by Solicitor Grey and his posse to ship captured Highland prisoners off to plantations in the West Indies. A ring from, we are told, Bonnie Prince Charlie helps turn the affair around, and following a classic swordfight on board deck, Solicitor Grey is brought to face his own personal justice when he is arrested by the bashful Lt Algernon-Ffinch. This story, for me, works well as pure and simple entertainment. The scene moves from Highland Moor to a tavern called The Sea Eagle, from an animal pit on land to a prison onboard The Annabelle, all accomplished with speed and style. There are some memorable performances too. Hannah Gordon relishes her part as Kirsty Mclaren the Laird's daughter, whilst David Garth conveys all the crispness of a slimy Solicitor Grey. Yet it is the regulars who steal the show. Anneke Wills and Michael Craze have more than enough scope to allow them to shine, whereas Fraser Hines - who provides a top quality narrative in between the dialogue - makes a Stirling(!) debut as the ever-popular Piper of the Glen, Jamie McCrimmon.Read more ›
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The BBC, in the days before home video, decided that some of its programs were no longer required in its archives. In a somewhat unsystematic purging, many classics were consigned to the flames, including several Doctor Who stories. Fortunately, some fans of the series had made their own audio recordings, and these (following a thorough re-mastering by the BBC) are being released.
"The Highlanders" is one of these releases. The story occurs at a crucial point in the show's history. The role of the Doctor has changed hands to Patrick Troughton, and this is his second story. In the first story, Troughton had the support of the Daleks as his opponents. This story is also Doctor Who's last regular historical, which were proving less popular than the pure science fiction ones (at least with the production team!), and introduced Jamie who became a regular companion. In short, the show was in transition.
"The Highlanders" is a good story. The four regulars (The Doctor, Jamie, Ben and Polly) all have strong roles, with the Doctor taking a slightly back-seat role which is consistent with his general portrayal. While the setting of the story (the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden) is a pretty grim one, the story manages some humorous moments such as the Doctor's penchant for disguises and accents. These are temporary features which would probably have worn very thin if they had been retained as regular parts of the Doctor's character.
Linking narration is by Frazer Hines, who portrayed Jamie, and of course helps to fill in the details that the original television show would have displayed. It is a very good choice for audio release, and should suit both fans and casual listeners.
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