When first we met James Robert McCrimmon, he was fighting the Battle of Culloden in one of Doctor Who‘s last few purely historical stories, The Highlanders. He left at the end of The War Games, his memories of his time with the Doctor wiped by the Time Lords – who then ended up using him and the Second Doctor as time agents during the mythical “season 6a” that the Sixth Doctor story The Two Doctors appears to reveal.
When we last met him in the Big Finish plays, it was for a Companion Chronicle, Helicon Prime, which – to put it bluntly – was absolute rubbish. To be fair, until recently, all the second Doctor Companion Chronicles were rubbish, so Helicon Prime wasn’t on its own for this quality shortfall. But it was rubbish.
Nevertheless, despite this inauspicious return, Jamie’s back in a big way – Big Finish intend to have him in a two-handed Companion Chronicle with Deborah Watling as Victoria in March, and as a companion of the Sixth Doctor in a forthcoming trilogy of plays (one of which will also feature Wendy Padbury as Zoe) and a Companion Chronicle.
So you might have been expecting this play, in which an agent of the Time Lord’s Celestial Intervention Agency gives Jamie back his memories of his time with the Doctor, to be the launch of this Jamie range.
Instead, we have a pretty good historical story – with just a hint of sci-fi – set during England’s Glorious Revolution.
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