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The Spectre of Lanyon Moor (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 2000


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844350711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844350711
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 11 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
"In a desolate Cornish landscape littered with relics of prehistoric man, the Doctor and Evelyn uncover a catalogue of mysteries.
"What is the secret of the fogou? Can the moor be haunted by a demonic host of imps? And what is Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart doing in Pengriffen?
"Teaming up with his old friend, the Doctor realises that an ancient conflict is nearing its conclusion - and Lanyon Moor is set to be the final battleground."
The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, written and directed by Nicholas Pegg, is another strong outing for Big Finish's mellower version of Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and his new middle-aged companion Dr. Evelyn Smythe. Set on the bracken-filled expanses of the Cornish moorlands (which are portrayed well by Big Finish's signature use of good sound effects), the story puts on an initially creepy turn before eventually resolving itself in the manner of traditional Doctor Who sci-fi.
It's a little disappointing that the story couldn't retain a creepier atmosphere from start to finish, but this is made up for my the excellent supporting cast, not least of which is the plummy Nicholas Courtney returning to his role as the Brigadier (now retired). Other performances of note would be Toby Longworth as the gruff Professor Morgan and Susan Jameson in a marvellously over the top turn as the eccentric Mrs. Moynihan, who walks across the moor with her army of dogs.
All the characters play their part in the story, but props to the Brig for the pivotal role he plays in the final act!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Ovidio Carro Rey on 31 Oct 2006
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I do really like this version of the Sixth Doctor. The holy terror is a terrific story, and The spectre of... is also very good. Colin Baker clearly loved the opportunity Big Finish has provided him to redeem his Doctor, and gives a great performance here. And Nicholas Courtney gives another superb performance as the good old Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. After so, so many years in the role, I guess he is so fond of the character, that he simply cannot give a bad performance. and, besides, he si the one who saves the day. The story has the blend of creepy terror and sci-fi so Dr. Who-esque, and the supporting cast is fine. Very good music, and good sound effects (With top marks to the voice of the Imp).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 July 2012
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This is another of the full cast audio dramas pairing the Sixth Doctor with Evelyn Smythe - she's a great companion for this doctor, and certainly gives him a run for his money when it comes to a battle of wills, or words.

The Doctor and Evelyn land in the Tardis on a desolate Cornish landscape, and decide to investigate the local fogou (I had to look that one up; very interesting!). But is the fogou the focus for something malevolent? The clue for the listener, unbeknownst to the Doctor and Evelyn, is in the prelude to the story that we get to hear, so it's not surprising that all is not quiet and peaceful on the Cornish moors. But there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns in this story, which winds up to a great climax.

It's wonderful to hear the Brigadier again in this story; as always, he and the Doctor form a completely companionable bond, even though in this instance, it's the first time the Brigadier has met the Sixth Doctor, who seems slightly taken aback by the Brigadier being married! And it took me a while to realise that the voice of Mrs Moynihan is Susan Jameson (who we meet later in the Fourth Doctor adventures as Mrs Wibbsey). James Bolam is wonderful as the "lord of the manor" Sir Archibald Flint; but nothing and no-one is really as they seem in this wonderful four part adventure. Great stuff; highly recommended.
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