Frazer Hines on a Doctor Who return for Jamie: “I’ve got an idea for a story”

Frazer Hines, the actor who played Patrick Troughton’s companion Jamie McCrimmon for a record-breaking 113 episodes of the BBC’s science fiction show has said he’d be keen to make a return to the show, and he has an idea of a story for his character.

The actor, now 78, portrayed Jamie McCrimmon for 113 episodes of Doctor Who between 1966 and 1969 making him the companion to have appeared in the most Doctor Who shows in the programme’s 60 year history. He is some way ahead of Elisabeth Sladen who played Sarah Jane Smith in 86 episodes of the show.

Hines has returned to the series on a couple of occasions since leaving for appearances in special episodes; The Five Doctors in 1983 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show and again in The Two Doctors in 1985.

However, Hines is keen to bring Jamie McCrimmon back again for one last adventure.

“A lot of the fans they [would love] to have Jamie back.” Hines told

He added: “And I’ve got an idea for a story and I’d love to meet Russell T Davies and say, ‘This is my story for a story, give it to him.’

“One story. I don’t want to be forever a companion. A great idea for a story. So one episode and I’m out.”

When asked about whether he believes any companion will ever be in the TARDIS longer than him, he said he thought it was unlikely due to the number of episodes in a series in the modern show.

“I don’t think that will ever be beaten because Jenna Coleman did three years as well but not the same amount of episodes. They’ll never do that amount of episodes again,” he said.

And why was Jamie so popular as a companion? Well Hines isn’t sure: “I don’t know, I can’t put my finger on why Jamie was so popular.

“Maybe it was because he was brave? He just seemed to get the viewers. The fans like him.”

Doctor Who returns to TV screens in November 2023 with three special episodes written by returning showrunner Russell T Davies and starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor.

The episodes will be followed by a special around the festive season of 2023 starring Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor and Millie Gibson as his companion Ruby Sunday. This will be followed by a full season 14 of Doctor Who in 2024.