The Spectre of Lanyon Moor was the ninth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Nicholas Pegg and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Maggie Stables as Evelyn and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
It was the first Doctor Who audio story to feature the Brigadier and the first "official" meeting of the Sixth Doctor and the Brigadier with the actors playing their characters. Nicholas Courtney had previously played the Brigadier in audio form in the two audio radio plays The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space opposite Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen.
Publisher's summary Edit
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.
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Dr Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
- The Brigadier - Nicholas Courtney
- Mrs Moynihan - Susan Jameson
- Philip Ludgate/Scryfan - Barnaby Edwards
- Professor Morgan/Sancreda/UNIT Sentry - Toby Longworth
- Sir Archibald Flint - James Bolam
- Nikki Hunter/Pelagia Stamatis/Corporal Croft - Helen Goldwyn
- Captain Ashforde - Nicholas Pegg
- The Brigadier is doing a little bit of undercover work for UNIT.
- Morgan and Ludgate have signed the Official Secrets Act.
- Sir Archibald speaks about the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
- Doris is visiting the in-laws in Devon while the Brigadier investigates here.
- Evelyn phones her friend Gareth, who lectures in history at Oxford, to confirm her suspicions about where she'd previously heard Lanyon Moor.
- Edward Hopkins fought with the Royalists in the Civil War. He wrote a diary regarding his own encounter with Sancreda.
- Sir Percival Flint is one of Sir Archibald's ancestors, who controlled the tin mining in the area at the end of the 18th century.
- Sir Archibald thinks that Aleister Crowley was a prophet.
- The Doctor once visited the Parthenon in Athens while it was being built.
- The Brig is staying at the Pengriffen Arms.
- Pengriffen Manor, Sir Archibald's home, was built in 1571. The architect was Sir John Arundell.
- Evelyn says Sir Archibald is starting to sound like Doctor Faustus.
- The Doctor has a metadimensional rheostat in his pocket.
- Sancreda's menantolian induction loop is made of menantol bisilicate.
Foods and beverages Edit
- Evelyn asks for hot chocolate from Ludgate.
- This is Nicholas Courtney's first appearance as the Brigadier in a Big Finish Productions audio drama. He had previously appeared as Wolsey the cat in Oh No It Isn't!. He returned again to play the character of the Brigadier alongside the Eighth Doctor in Minuet in Hell and Zagreus (although in Zagreus he is a projection generated by the TARDIS rather than the true Brigader) and appears solo in UNIT and Old Soldiers. He also appeared in the Doctor Who Unbound audios Sympathy for the Devil and Masters of War, where he played an alternate version of the Brigadier who becomes the companion to an alternate version of the Third Doctor.
- This is the second story to feature actors Colin Baker and Nicholas Courtney together, the first being NOTVALID: Dimensions in Time.
- This story was featured in Doctor Who Magazine issue 292 with an illustration by Lee Sullivan.
- This story was originally released on both CD and cassette.
- The moorland picture used on the background on the CD cover, which also appears reversed and substantially tinted on the cover of Red Dawn, is a photograph of Dartmoor in Devon. The rocky outcrop just visible on the horizon beside the Brigadier's cap is Hound Tor, the location used for The Sontaran Experiment.
- This audio drama was recorded on 5 and 6 February 2000 at The Moat Studios.
Cover gallery Edit
- The Brigadier mentions that the TARDIS became invisible another time before. (TV: The Invasion)
- From the Doctor's perspective, this is the first time that he has met the Brigadier during his sixth incarnation; however, the Brigadier met the Sixth Doctor for the first time in 1989. (PROSE: Business Unusual)
- The Doctor finds out that the Brigadier is married (to Doris) for the first time in this story. He had previously learned this for the first time in PROSE: The King of Terror and would learn this for the first time again in TV: Battlefield.
- The Brigadier is still doing occasional UNIT undercover work, as he continues to do in AUDIO: The Wasting.
- Talking with the Brigadier about how common tales of fairies and the like are in Britain, the Doctor reminds the Brigadier that they both know from experience that there can sometimes be truth in such tales (TV: The Dæmons).
- Mention is made of archaeologists Sir Percival Flint (TV: The Dæmons) and Leamington-Smith (TV: The Stones of Blood).
- The Shlangiian (PROSE: Original Sin) are mentioned.
- Official The Spectre of Lanyon Moor page at bigfinish.com; note that it is out of print and is available as download only.
- DisContinuity for The Spectre of Lanyon Moor at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide