Published on August 25th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
The return of the Second Doctor’s companion – who teamed up with the Sixth Doctor in the 1985 serial The Two Doctors – seems to have been largely overlooked but it is superb news both for fans of the Big Finish serials and for fans of the superb Frazer Hines.
“We’re trying something a little different next year,” announces executive producer Nicholas Briggs, “with some surprising combinations of Doctors and companions. So it’s with great pleasure that I can announce that Frazer Hines will be reprising the role of Jamie McCrimmon, joining the Sixth Doctor for four brand new adventures.
“Naturally that presents some gargantuan continuity issues to consider, but never fear, we know what we’re doing!”
With the end of the Second Doctor’s era (see The War Games) Frazer Hines left the role of Jamie McCrimmon behind in order to pursue the life of a jobbing actor, landing a key role in Emmerdale Farm in 1972. Following the Doctor’s trial by the Time Lords in The War Games, Jamie and fellow companion Zoe had their memories of their travels with the Doctor erased – hence the continuity issues referred to above.
Hines has been largely anonymous (with a few exceptions) on British TV since the off-screen death of his character Joe Sugden in (the renamed) Emmerdale back in 1994 and in the meantime has been busy recording linking narration CD releases of Second Doctor serials, while in 2007 he starred as Jamie Helicon Prime, an entry in Big Finish’s Companion Chronicles series.
We can’t wait to hear the Sixth Doctor and Jamie together – roll on 2010! In the meantime, The War Games is available from Amazon for just Â£13.48!