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5.0 out of 5 stars The Justice of Jalxar, 3 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Justice of Jalxar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
"Justice has been served."

This is episode 4 in the second series of the new Fourth Doctor Adventures put out by Big Finish. It features Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, with Mary Tamm as Romana I. This would I think be one of the last stories that Mary Tamm had a chance to record before her untimely death, and it is a bittersweet delight to be able to hear her in top form as the imperious and elegant Romana, alongside Tom in his usual fine fettle as the madcap but deadly serious Fourth Doctor.

The Doctor and Romana have followed what appears to be a crashed alien craft which has landed somewhere outside Victorian London. When in Victorian London, who else should the Doctor call upon for assistance than the inimitable Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago? It's an absolutely delight to hear these two again reprising their roles made so memorable in the 1977 story Talons of Weng-Chiang, and it's great that there was so much potential in Jago and Litefoot that they now have their own series, as well as occasionally meeting up with various incarnations of the Doctor as he potters about the universe. Adding Romana into the mix with these fine Victorian gentlemen just adds to the delight of this whole story.

A great Victorian thriller mixed with great classic Doctor Who humour and action, this is an unreservedly utterly recommended story for anybody who is already familiar with Doctor Who, or who would like to become more familiar. No prior listening or Doctor Who knowledge is required, but it does enhance the experience to already know a bit about Jago and Litefoot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Entertaining Fourth Doctor, Jago & Litefoot Adventure, 15 Oct 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Justice of Jalxar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : The Justice Of Jalxar.
Doctor: Fourth Doctor.
Companion : Romana.
Featuring: Henry Gordon Jago, George Litefoot.
Main enemy: The Pugilist.
Main setting: London, 1899.
Writer: John Dorney
Director: Ken Bentley.
Release number: 2.04.
Format: 1 CD, 2 Parts.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer for Phantoms Of The Deep.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Tom Baker
Romana - Mary Tamm
Professor George Litefoot - Trevor Baxter
Henry Gordon Jago - Christopher Benjamin
Bobby Stamford - Mark Goldthorp
Mary Brown - Rosanna Miles
Johnny Stone - Ben Bishop
Harvey Marsh - Adrian Lukis

Positive.
1)The Fourth Doctor is at his best here given superb dialogue excellently executed by Tom Baker in this well paced action adventure.
2)The Late Mary Tamm also sparkles here given witty dialogue to her slightly sarcastic, Romana especially in her scenes with Jago.
3)Jago & Lighfoot return in this adventure to help the Fourth Doctor & Romana, These roles are superbly played by Christopher Benjamin & Trevor Baxter.

Negative.
None at all.

Whats The Story..
They call him the Pugilist.

It is the dawn of a new century & a vigilante is on the loose, The scourge of the criminal underclass, The saviour of the virtuous & the protector of the weak.

The police are baffled, the public enamoured... but Professor George Litefoot & Henry Gordon Jago are on the case. Or at least they will be when they've finished their beer.

What is the source of the Pugilist's spectacular supernatural powers? Is he alone in his noble quest? & what is his connection to the spate of corpses discovered around London?

As they descend further into a nefarious netherworld, the infernal investigators may be out of their depth. They're going to need help if they're to get out of this alive.

The help of an old friend & his new assistant the Doctor & Romana.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a fanastic well paced story in the second series of Fourth Doctor Adventures, This time the Fourth Doctor is traveling with assistant Romana a Timelady from Gallifrey whom was originally sent to assist The Doctor on his quest to assemble The Key To Time.

The Doctor & Romana arrive in Victorian London were a vigilante known as the pugilist seems to possess special powers is raging a war on the local crime syndicates.

The Doctor with Romana seeks out Jago & Lightfoot to help unravel this mystery of the masked vigilante.

But has the Doctor got another motive to be here? & what exactly is the justice machine, A Robot that issue immediate justice on the spot resulting in a criminals life.

The Doctor, Romana with the help of Jago & Lightfoot are on the case to unmask the vigilante & stop the murders by the justice machine.

This story is humorous but never once played for laughs, The dialogue is witty & superbly executed by the cast.

John Dorney is a excellent writer who's storys always deliver the goods & here he surpasses himself writing a highly enjoyable adventure.

I did in fact E-mail Mr Dorney about his excellent Big Finish storys & had a wonderful reply back from him in fact it's one of several replies.

Tom Baker is at his best in this adventure, he commands every scene he's in delivering the lines with wit, humour & intelligence.

The late Mary Tamm's Romana is brilliant & full of the off the cuff sarcasm that made her incarnation of the character so great on Tv.

Christopher Benjamin & Trevor Baxter return as the Victorian investigators Jago & Lightfoot who's chemistry with the Doctor & Romana is like they been old friends for many year's meeting up to solve a new mystery.

This is one of Big Finishes best Fourth Doctor Adventures yet & I for one hope Mr Dorney writes more Fourth Doctor Adventures in the near future.

Highly Recommended audio adventure for Doctor Who Fans.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of the Pugilist, 13 May 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A new Doctor who audio story. Fourth in the current run of them that feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana.

This one stands on it's own and you don't need to have heard the first three in order to be able to hear this.

It also features Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter as intrepid Victorian investigators Litefoot and Jago. This would appear to be taking place prior to any of their own audio stories, so you won't need to have heard those either. Anyone reading this or listening to the cd will doubtless have seen their appearance in the tv story 'The Talons of Weng Chiang' so you will be familiar with that.

The story is a two parter, complete on a single cd. Both episodes run for thirty minutes [approx].

It sees Victorian London's criminal underworld finding themselves the target of a vigilante. Called the Pugilist. Who has some rather strange powers.

Litefoot and Jago are on the case. And the Doctor and Romana are in London as well.

The intrepid investigators can provide all the help the Doctor needs. Although he doesn't immediately reveal why they are there...

As in all their other audio appearances, all the actors here do slip back into their roles effortlessly. That and the sound design and music give a superb feel of setting and time. Splitting the characters up as they investigate results in some delightful character interaction and superb dialogue. The first episode isn't one that puts plot to the fore, but all the other elements are so good it's an enjoyable listen anyhow.

The second episode is superb, as it brings some real substance to the plot. Plus, at the heart of it all is some very believable character drama.

Along with that you have a lot of characters who all get great moments, some brilliant lines for Tom Baker that are huge fun to listen to. And some pretty decent plotting as well.

A story that takes a classic one of old, revisits the style and the characters, and manages to recapture all that plus be a great piece of entertainment in it's own right. This is a superb listen and well worth getting.

There's a trailer for the next one in this range on the cd track after the end of part two.

And fifteen minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Jun 2013
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I love Jago and Litefoot CD's and this is a great addition to the collection, especially with Tom Baker adding to the fun. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous fantasy of faultess fun, 31 Mar 2013
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After a strong season opener, a weak two-parter (because it was a two-parter), the season returns to strength with a story that was an absolute joy to listen to. Romana's character is on top form throughout, given the sort of independence she had in The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara. Tom Baker is also top of his game since returning to Big Finish, given further witty and original dialogue to execute.

Of course one great asset to the story, or perhaps the greatest, is the appearance of Jago and Litefoot. The return of these characters several years ago was one of the best things Big Finish have done, having already done so many great things. Having just racked up a fifth box set, and appearances in three other stories, it is always an absolute treat to have them in a story.

Although often said in the interviews about what fun the production team have had, there can be no truer occasion than when Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter are on the set. If they are having fun producing a decent yarn full of wonderful dialogue then you can be certain that you too will have fun.

A good story is enhance by great dialogue and a very desirable cast. The Justice of Jalxar is a highly memorable story that I feel privileged to have in my collection and will enjoy experiencing again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 27 May 2013
This review is from: The Justice of Jalxar (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
What an amazing story! It goes without saying that the regulars are all amazing, and for having Jago & Litefoot reunited with the Fourth Doctor, this story would be worth buying. But this 60 minute story is brilliant in EVERY way! I, for, one, would pay good money for the dramatic, Victorian feeling soundtrack. The story isn't at all gimmicky, as could be a concern with a reunion story, it's actually very well written. The author, John Dorney, has all the characters just right, and creates believable and fun characters, that fit perfectly into the world of The Talons of Weng-Chiang. A truly top-notch and well-rounded story that doesn't take itself too seriously, and I look forward to Mr Dorney's future Forth Doctor stories, as he gets our favourite just right-next years The King of Sontar looks great! And I would LOVE more Jago & Litefoot with the Fourth Doctor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! Very evocative of the Saturdays in the ..., 4 July 2014
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Absolutely loved it! Very evocative of the Saturdays in the late seventies that we remember.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh corks, this was fantastic, 25 Mar 2013
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I loved this release. It made me really laugh. It features the return of Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago who are extremly funny and Romana's sarcaticnous is very entertaining. A Must Listen
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