The Highlanders


First Transmitted

1 – 17/12/1966 17:50

2 – 24/12/1966 17:50

3 – 31/12/1966 17:50

4 – 07/01/1967 17:50


The time travellers arrive in Scotland in the aftermath of the 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.

Cast & Crew


The Doctor – Patrick Troughton

Ben Jackson – Michael Craze

Jamie – Frazer Hines

Polly – Anneke Wills

Alexander – William Dysart

Colonel Attwood – Guy Middleton

Kirsty – Hannah Gordon

Lt. Algernon Ffinch – Michael Elwyn

Mollie – Barbara Bruce

Perkins – Sydney Arnold

Sailor – Peter Diamond

Sentry – Tom Bowman

Sergeant – Peter Welch

Solicitor Grey – David Garth

The Laird – Donald Bisset

Trask – Dallas Cavell

Willie Mackay – Andrew Downie


Director – Hugh David

Assistant Floor Manager – Nicholas John

Costumes – Sandra Reid

Designer – Geoffrey Kirkland

Fight Arranger – Peter Diamond

Film Cameraman – Unknown

Film Editor – Unknown

Incidental Music – Stock

Make-Up – GIllian James

Producer – Innes Lloyd

Production Assistant – Fiona Cumming

Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson

Story Editor – Gerry Davis

Studio Lighting – George Summers

Studio Lighting – Ken McGregor

Studio Sound – Larry Goodson

Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire

Writer – Elwyn Jones

All four episodes are missing from the BBC Archives.

© Anneke Wills 2017