‘Chieftain’s Caves’ Fun Facts

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Hello everyone! 🙂

This month, I’ve released my latest ‘Doctor Who’ fan-fiction story ‘Chieftain’s Caves’, the third and final story in ‘The Salvador Trilogy’ of ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’.  I’d like to share some fun facts about this ‘Doctor Who’ story on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ from the TARDIS databank. I hope you’ll enjoy these!

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‘Chieftain’s Caves’ was not the Doctor’s first encounter to Scotland. He visited Scotland before as the Second Doctor in ‘The Highlanders’ where he first met Jamie McCrimmon. He would later visit Scotland in ‘Terror of the Zygons’ as the Fourth Doctor and in ‘Tooth and Claw’ as the Tenth Doctor.


The story of ‘Chieftain’s Caves’ is loosely based on the novel ‘The Monarch of the Glen’ by Sir Compton Mackenzie. It was also influenced by the BBC TV series ‘Monarch of the Glen’, set in Scotland and also based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, who gets a reference in the story.

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In the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ TV series, Alistair Mackenzie, who played Archie MacDonald, also played Adric Traken, Nyssa’s son in the audios, ‘Prisoners of Fate’ and ‘The Entropy Plague’. The TV series also featured Tom Baker, who was the Fourth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’, as Donald MacDonald.


Eilean Donan Castle that features in the story, is also the location for many movies and TV shows including 1999 James Bond film, ‘The World is Not Enough’ and an episode of ‘The New Avengers’ in 1976. Cawdor Castle that features in the story, also featured in ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare.

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The Doctor’s sword-fighting in this story is one of many. The Third Doctor and the Master fought each other with swords in ‘The Sea Devils’. There was also the Fourth Doctor in ‘The Androids of Tara’; the Fifth Doctor in ‘The King’s Demons’ and the Tenth Doctor in ‘The Christmas Invasion’. The Twelfth Doctor even fought against Robin Hood with a spoon in a sword-fight during ‘Robots of Sherwood’.


The two Scottish armies featured in ‘Chieftain’s Caves’ are the Middle-Age Scots led by William Wallace, inspired by ‘Braveheart’ with Mel Gibson; and the Jacobeans led by Bonnie Prince Charlie in the battle of Culloden. Finally…the name Salvador is translated from Spanish to English as ‘saviour’.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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