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The Cloisters of Terror was the sixth story in the fourth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Jonathan Morris and featured Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela.

It featured Dame Emily Shaw, the mother of Liz Shaw, who had previously featured in The Companion Chronicles range.

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St Matilda's College, Oxford is haunted. The building was formerly a convent and, so the story goes, three ghostly nuns wander its passages during the hours of darkness. The story goes on to say that anyone who sees the "three sisters" will not be long for this world.

When one of the students mysteriously disappears, the Dean of the College, Dame Emily Shaw, has no option but to call in the police. Her call appears to be answered when a Police Box arrives in her study; the Doctor and Leela have come to investigate and uncover the dark secret that has lain buried beneath the college for almost a thousand years...


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  • This story was recorded on 6 June 2013 at Audio Sorcery.
  • Jonathan Morris set story in a college setting because he felt it was a novel setting for a ghost story, and also allowed there to be some youth among the characters. The choice of setting consequently influenced the all-female supporting cast. (BFX: The Cloisters of Terror)
  • Nicholas Briggs advised that Morris make a number of additions and alterations to tidy up the script. In one example, Briggs insisted that there be a line addressing Leela's clothing, reasoning that her usual warriors skins would inevitably draw attention in a convent in 1977. Morris therefore added the Doctor's throwaway line, "resplendent in her nineteenth-century bicycle suit", when introducing Leela. Briggs found the line very amusing, and opined it was Morris' way of saying "Shut up, Nick." (BFX: The Cloisters of Terror)
  • This is one of two stories from Series 4 in which K9 is absent, the other being Suburban Hell.


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