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Out of the first three Doctors to join Big Finish, Colin had, up to this point, the best stories. And The Spectre Of Lanyon Moor continues that run with a good, old-fashioned Doctor Who adventure that, while still maintaining a flavour of those classic Saturday tea-time serials like The Daemons and Terror Of The Zygons, manages to keep itself interesting and fresh.
The plot is textbook Who. An alien has lain dormant beneath a bit of Cornwall, and things are starting to go awry, just as the Doctor turns up. If you asked anyone to craft a Doctor Who story, chances are that they may come up with something a little like this. Into that, however, writer Nicholas Pegg has weaved some fantastic characters, each of whom is full-fleshed out and motivated. Sure, it isn't anything we haven't seen before, but they, at least, hold the interest, and are quirky enough to be interesting. And putting the Brigadier into this story is a masterstroke: it's lovely to hear Nick Courtney alongside the Sixth Doctor in a full-length tale. The cast in this are to die for: Baker, Stables, the aforementioned Courtney, Jameson, Longworth, Bolam, Edwards, they're all fantastic. It brings to this story a real touch of class and glamour that such a script deserves.
Topped off with some fantastic sound design and some cinematic music that I wouldn't expect of a tale like this, The Spectre Of Lanyon Moor is a terrific Doctor Who story that is simply focused on telling a good Doctor Who story, and nothing more. And the end product is delightful, and very much a personal favourite. A very strong release.