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

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

All four episodes are missing from the BBC Archives.

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