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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 Smythe 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.

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In a desolate Cornish landscape littered with relics of prehistoric man, the Sixth 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.


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  • 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.




  • Around eighteen thousand years ago, a Tregannan spaceship visited what would become Cornwall.



  • The Doctor has a metadimensional rheostat in his pocket.
  • Sancreda's menantolian induction loop is made of menantol bisilicate.

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Art by Lee Sullivan from DWM 292

  • 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. It is now available as a download only.
  • 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.
  • Lanyon Moor was mentioned once in The Tomorrow People audio series.
  • Lanyon Moor, and the historical events of this story, are often referred to in the Lethbridge-Stewart range, since the Brigadier and his family grew up in the nearby village of Bledoe.
  • This story is set between The Trial of a Time Lord and Time and the Rani.

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