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Don't go step off the path

By:Clive Wright, Jersey
Date:Saturday 20 December 2003
Rating:   10

How could this one fail with such a strong cast of charters. Nicholas Courtney is classic and the new partnership of Colin Baker and Maggie Stables delivers a powerful punch.

The plot reminds me strongly of a certain Daemon and Master TV episode with the third Doctor but who cares its great.

The monsters, sound effects and plot excellent and keep you hooked, this is the best one yet.

Wish you could rent it

By:James, Bristol
Date:Monday 12 January 2004
Rating:   6

This was my first NAA, so I didn't know what to expect. Action sequences don't work well in Audio, so a story needs to concentrate on having an excellent plot and engaging dialogue. This has latter but not the former.
Positive: All the main cast were superb. Evelyn is an instantly likeable character, and the interplay between her and the Doctor really works. Nicholas Pegg and Colin Baker make a great job of characterising a 6th Doctor who is not only arrogant and vain but also caring, witty and humane. Nicholas Courtney was a welcome addition who made a real difference to the story, though the Brigadier did seem to rather fall into step with the Doctor and didn't express much curiosity about this new incarnation. There are some great pieces of dialogue, especially when the Doctor shouts down the archaeology professor, then gets admonished by Evelyn. Sometimes things get a little silly (the villain gloats), but never unenjoyable. The script was skillful in setting the visual scene without being too obvious (no "Doctor, we're in a 10*10' room with a brown carpet and..."). The supporting cast were alright, but nothing special. The music is sometimes atmospheric, sometimes hammy, but never annoying.
Negative: The plot is VERY traditional Pertwee fare, and EXTREMELY predictable. The "terrifying" creature just sounds silly; work on those vocodas, Big Finish. Fights (which are fortuneatly kept to a minimum, this being Doctor Who) are pretty hard to visualise (bang, crash, fake growl, oh no he's dead).

Overall, whilst it is always enjoyable, has some gems of dialogue and acting and would have been a welcome addition to the 6th Doctor's TV outings, the Spectre of Lanyon Moor doesn't have any surprises. This, and the hefty price tag on NAAs mean I'm not overly inspired to buy more.

Disappointingly ordinary

By:Siskoid, Moncton, NB
Date:Friday 14 October 2005
Rating:   7

Oh it's a good little runaround with some moody scenes and good interplay between the Doctor, Evelyn and the Brigdier, but doesn't leave me very satisfied.

If there's one thing I find less than interesting in audio-land, it's screechy, affected voicework. It manages to be at once over-the-top and annoying (even if those two aren't mutually inclusive for you). Great to have the Brig, but they could've done more with him too.

Overall: Meh. Enjoyable, but only superficially.


By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Friday 29 September 2006
Rating:   6

The Spectre Of Lanyan Moor is too typically Doctor Who in many ways. It reminds me a bit of Hinchcliffe-era Gothic SF, with it focus on English folklore and spooky haunts. There are also nods to The Daemons, The Stones Of Blood, and Ghostlight. For me, it was just too much deja-vu. I also agree with one of the previous reviewers that the affected screechy voice for Sancrider (no spelling given on the packaging and presumably voiced by Toby Longworth) is truly annoying.

Slow but sure at the end...

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 12 March 2008
Rating:   8

Episode one is very very slow isnt it? And there is a little continuity snag, as the sixth doctor is told abotu the brigs wife yet in Battlefield the seventh doesnt know her, maybe he's forgottern, so i wont hold that against Nick Pegg!

But apart from that this story is a return to classic and totally not outdated who. A great monster. Nick Courtney churning out another first class stab as the Brigadier. A warlock and cellars and goblins and underground passages. What more could one ask for. And the good Brig gets to save the day too for once! This is overall a great return to the days of old. Tea and biscuits time in front of a walkman instead of the tv, but it still feels just as good!

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