The Spectre of Lanyon Moor
Audio / February 23, 2016

Released June 2000 Big Finish’s ninth main range offering, ‘The Spectre of Lanyon Moor,’ teams up Colin Baker’s Doctor and Maggie Stable’s Evelyn Smythe, finally fixing a glaring omission in the Doctor Who canon by having the Sixth Doctor officially meet and interact with the Brigadier. The story itself evokes a shifting tonality that encompasses all of the 1970s televised era, with more direct comparisons to ‘The Daemons’ and ‘City of Death.’ However, while the occurrences and ambience will surely appease many long-time fans, this truly is Nicholas Courtney’s time to shine. He effortlessly slips back into his iconic role of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and the camaraderie between the Doctor and him has never been so prevalent as it is here. There’s something familiar and safe about the Brigadier; as Doctors and companions change, the Brigadier is always there carrying on the good fight, offering a sense of stability and forming an anchor for the Doctor’s wild world. The script itself is a very strong one as well. The Doctor and Evelyn happen upon an ancient Cornish fogou that has many strange phenomena associated with it. As the Doctor begins investigating Philip Ludgate’s archaeological discoveries and Evelyn does some local research…