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5.0 out of 5 stars Further Furious Flights of Fancy and Fearsome Phantasmagorical Phenomena, 24 Jan 2013
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Three series' in, and the spin-off from the 1977 Doctor Who TV serial `The Talons of Weng Chiang' shows no signs of diminishing in quality. Trevor Baxter's droll Professor Litefoot, and Chris Benjamin's bibulous theatre owner Henry Gordon Jago continue to spark off one another, whilst the addition of Louise Jameson's Leela is the icing on a fantastically fruity cake.
With mysteries including watery zombies surfacing from the Thames, future echoes in the form of a group of modern day scientists slipping in and out of Victorian London, and sinister fairytale figures appearing at the bottom of the garden, there is some great stuff here, and I just hope this series will run and run - particularly as the final story whets our appetites with the appearance of a strangely familiar yet somehow different figure...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jago and Litefoot Series Three – Detective duo deal with devilish devices of dastardly doers of demonic deeds, 1 Aug 2014
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Hooray and hats off for the third series of Jago and Litefoot. Following their first appearance as one off companions in the celebrated Tom Baker serial ‘Talons Of Weng Chiang’ way back in 1977, the erudite and gentlemanly professor Litefoot and the verbose impresario Henry Gordon Jago were finally reunited for a doctorless adventure by Big Finish in the companion chronicle ‘Mahogany Murders’ in 2009, which was the stand out release in that range that year. 5 years on, and as I write the pairing has been such a success that there are 7 series of four adventures each published, and a further three announced. And two one off specials. So much to listen to and so little time and money with which to do it! Anyway, back to the point. This is the third series of four adventures to feature the detective duo as they investigate infernal incidents in Victorian London. The quality of the first two series was high, and I am glad to be able to report that there has been no diminution here.

Following the tantalising coda at the end of the last adventure in the second series, the inestimable ‘Ruthven inheritance’, there is an added treat in this series. Louise Jameson, Leela in the TV series (and beyond), joins the team! Her addition to the team gives the whole thing a feeling of being something a bit special, there is a real interplay between Jameson, Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin that will get long term fans of the show (who have loved Talons, followed Leela through her Gallifrey adventures and marvelled at the escapades of Jago and Litefoot) really excited, foaming at the mouth with euphoria. It did for me anyway. Leela has been sent by the Time Lords to track down fissures in time in Victorian London, and naturally she calls on her two old friends to help/ Even more naturally, given their taste for adventure and basic chivalry and decentness they are only too happy to help. And while raving about Jameson, Baxter and Benjamin, I should not forget to mention Lisa Bowerman as Ellie the barmaid and Conrad Asquith as Sergeant Quicke, another character form the Talons of Weng Chiang. These two characters provide essential support for the trio of temporal trackers, and the actors put in great performances.

There are four one hour stories, each on a separate disc, and each in a separate jewel case. These are collected into a card slipcase. There is a fifth disc of series extras. Each of the stories are almost stand alone, but fit into the overall arc of the series, with an epic grand finale in the fourth episode that left me breathless.

The story telling styles are a little more varied and the ideas wider ranging here than in previous series, and the series is the stronger for it. But central to the whole thing is the charm of the two leads. 5 stars for this release, I absolutely loved it. Just in case you couldn’t tell from the previous 3 paragraphs of babble. It’s a delight, and a must for any fan of Dr Who. Of all the spin-off series this is one of the best, and indeed is probably as good if not better than the Big Finish main range monthly releases. Yes, I like it that much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The dynamic duo of Jago and Litefoot, 26 Mar 2013
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I am so glad that I have been introduced to the Jago and Litefoot series. I like the way that there is a theme running through all the stories that relate to one 'baddie'. However, series 3 is very good but the first two series are even better and highly recommended especially if you enjoy listening to stories relating to the weird and definitely creepy. Every series leaves you with a cliffhanger ending so you are encouraged to buy the next. I am listening to the Talons of Weng Chian at the moment which is a forerunner to the series. This is excellent too and great for Dr Who fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fandom's luckiest day, 4 Nov 2011
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Well, this was released 5 months ago and no-one has reviewed it. Doctor Who's finest era was season 12-14. The last story of season 14 was The Talons of Weng-Chiang; a top 5 story and one of the few that is on par with the very best of the 2005+ series. This six part Victoriana-heavy story featured a particularly noticeable pair of characters that eventually became a double act. They are one of the finest, if not the finest double act of the entire series 1963-2011, beautifully crafted by Robert Holmes, Doctor Who's finest writer and script editor.

Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot were reunited for a Companion Chronicles Doctor Who story Mahogany Murderers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles). Which was so successful that they spawned a mini-series of their own. The fact that Big Finish were willing to commission this and that Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter were willing to participate is an absolute god-send to Doctor Who fandom and therefore worthy of 5 stars anyway.

The second series ends with Louise Jameson (Leela) turning up (bringing a tear to my eye) and so the formidable quartet-minus the Doctor are reunited. It is a great moment for fandom, and so Jameson's character is available for this series.

Bought as a one-off I might only give this 3 stars, but as a succession to the marvellous "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", "The Mahogany Murders" and J&L Series one and two, we are so fortunate to have this series with the original actors, that it simply defaults to five stars, even if the stories might only garner four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 28 Jan 2013
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I bought this as a Birthday present for my father and I was not disappointed as he ended up really liking it.
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