Colin Baker (the Doctor), Maggie Stables (Evelyn), Leslie Phillips (Doctor Robert Knox), David Tennant (Daft Jamie), Glenna Morrison (Mary Patterson), Kevin O’Leary (William Burke), Tom Farrelly (Billy Hare), Janie Booth (Old Woman)
The infamous body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are at large. The local prostitutes dull their fear with cheap whisky. The graveyard owls are hooting. Business is good.
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.
- Medicinal Purposes was the sixtieth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions.
- Daft Jamie’s name and nationality causes the Doctor to recall his former companion Jamie McCrimmon. He regrets that he never told Jamie, who risked his life for him on many occasions, that he thought that he was a very brave man.
- Evelyn describes Daft Jamie as a “decidedly odd looking young man.”
- The Doctor refers to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
- The Doctor superstitiously refers to Macbeth as “the Scottish Play.”
- Dr. Knox refers to Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, who would not be born until the 1850s. The Doctor realised that Knox mentioned the novel as a test for Evelyn, whom he correctly believed may be another time traveller.