When accidental tourists the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe stumble upon one of Britain's most lurid, illuminating chapters in history, a simple case of interest in the work of dedicated man of science Doctor Robert Knox, quickly turns sour.
Just what is that time-bending Scots mist? Whatever it is may put the very fabric of the universe under threat...
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
- Doctor Robert Knox - Leslie Phillips
- Daft Jamie - David Tennant
- Mary Patterson - Glenna Morrison
- William Burke - Kevin O'Leary
- Billy Hare - Tom Farrelly
- Old Woman - Janie Booth
- The Doctor and Evelyn visited Greyfriars Graveyard.
- Daft Jamie's name and nationality causes the Doctor to recall his former companion Jamie McCrimmon.
- The Doctor refers to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
- The Doctor mentions Dr Christiaan Barnard.
- Evelyn mentions Roger Bannister.
- Knox is contemptuous of the Time Lords and their 'dominion' over time, and says it doesn't exist.
- Knox bought his Type 70 TARDIS from a Nekkistani on Gryben.
- Knox's TARDIS has a working chameleon circuit.
Literature from the real world
- The Doctor superstitiously refers to Macbeth as "the Scottish Play."
- Dr. Knox refers to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, who would not be born until the 1850s. The Doctor realised that he mentioned the novel as a test for Evelyn whom he correctly believed may be another time traveller.
- This story was featured in the preview section of Doctor Who Magazine issue 347 with art by Martin Geraghty.
- Although it is not stated in the story itself, Daft Jamie's real name was James Wilson and he was 18 years at the time of his murder in October 1828. Mary Patterson was the same age when Burke and Hare killed her on 9 April 1828.
- This audio drama was recorded on 18 and 19 March 2004 at The Moat Studios.
- Although the back cover of the CD dates this story to 1827, it is actually set in 1828.
- Robert Louis Stevenson was apparently born in a different year in the Doctor Who timeline than in the real world. The Date is given as December 1828 and the Doctor says it is "a full 30 years" before his birth, which would put his birth in 1858 or early 1859. In real life, Stevenson was born 13 November 1850.
- The Doctor and Evelyn would encounter Knox once again in Washington DC in April 1865. (AUDIO: Assassin in the Limelight)
- The Doctor would refer to Macbeth as "the Scottish Play" again during his eighth incarnation. (AUDIO: The Next Life, The Book of Kells)
- Official Medicinal Purposes page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Medicinal Purposes at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide