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5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage to the New World – The dream team of Baker, Baxter and Benjamin serve up another cornucopia of delight, 5 Aug 2014
Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the second of two special episodes of Jago and Litefoot set between their fourth and fifth series. Following the events of the fourth series they are now travelling with the Sixth Doctor. This is yet another inspired decision on the part of Big Finish. The loquacious and bumptious old Sixie is a perfect companion for the erudite and refined Litefoot and the verbosely pompous Jago. I say that the Doctor is their companion rather than the other way around, as this story is as much about them as it is the Doctor, and they all get a hand in saving the day.

Trying to return Jago and Litefoot to Virginia Dock in 1890, the Doctor instead lands in Virginia America in 1590. The three friends are soon in trouble as they are attacked by natives and then get entangled with British colonists. But there are strange things afoot, what is the disease that seems to be striking people down, and who are the ghostly children?

What follows is a beautifully told tale with action, humour, wonderful character moments and a decent bit of time travelling conundrum. Baker and Baxter are excellent, but the star of this show is Christopher Benjamin as Jago. His reactions as he thinks the final curtain is falling for him and the way in which he explores a new environment apart from his companions are superb. The script calls him ‘a reluctant hero, but a hero nonetheless’, and Benjamin portrays this with rea aplomb.

It’s a great adventure that has a lot of fun. It harks back to the good old days when we didn’t have 20 episode plot arcs, the Doc just arrived on a planet, had a bit of fun then went off again. It plays to the strengths of the three principles, and leaves us wanting more, so much more from this team. The last scene sets up a mouth-watering prospect for series 5 of Jago and Litefoot. I can’t wait to hear it!

It’s a single episode of about an hour long on one disc. There are some CD extras at the end with cast and crew talking about the recording.

5 stars. I absolutely loved this. It’s sheer brilliance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Mysterious Adventure With Sixey, Jago & Litefoot, 4 May 2014
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1xCD of a 60 minute audio adventure.

1)This story features a reversible sleeve featuring Jago & Litefoot episode 4.6.
2)Jago & Litefoot would return to 1893 using Magnus Greels Time Cabinet in Jago & Litefoot The Final Act.
3)Jago refers to his recent adventure on Venus as in the far future.
4)Jago & Litefoot would meet the Doctor again in his Fourth incarnation with Romana in Big Finish audio adventure The Justice Of Jalxar.

Roanoke Island 1590 the Tardis materializes on a island becoming prisoners of the natives of the new world.

Yet there is something strange going on here something very odd could it have anything to do with the colonists leader John White?

Who are the ghostly children & who is the old man of Croaton?

The Doctor, Jago & Litefoot are about to discover the secrets of the lost colony a secret that could cost Jago his life!

Timelord Thoughts.
This is the second of two special releases featuring the Sixth Doctor, Jago & Litefoot this second audio adventure my Matthew Sweet is a darker toned story than Jonathan Morris Voyage To Venus & is a excellent chilling little mystery.

Colin Baker excells in this story his attempts at teaching the humans to make the right choices shows how this incarnation of the Doctor has become more compassionate & caring instead of the brash egotistical arrogant performances we seen on tv.

Christopher Benjamin & Trevor Baxter once again shine in there performances as Jago & Litefoot both giving understated performances who are more observers in this story compared to the previous story Voyage To Venus but are no less entertaining as the duo reflect on what a strong bond of friendship the duo have formed over the year's.

Phillip Pope is excellent as the mysterious John White who's characters motives are strongly written by writer Matthew Sweet as is Ramon Tikaram superb performance as the Indian Wanchese.

This story has a Lost tv show type feel to the story with it's ghostly apparitions & strange monster's roaming around the island as writer Matthew Sweet keeps the pace moving along by engaging the listener with it's mysterious intriguing plot & delivers a cracking climatic cliffhanger.

This is another quality release by Big Finish with excellent performances by the cast & a great written adventure by writer Matthew Sweet that delivers a wonderful entertaining audio adventure.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost colonists, 26 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Voyage to the New World (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A Doctor Who audio story. Featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor. Along with Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter as Jago and Litefoot.

This takes place right after the end of their previous audio adventure Voyage to Venus (Doctor Who). Jago and Litefoot, first seen in 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang' on TV and spun off into their own audio series by Big Finish, have been travelling with the Doctor. An attempt to get them back to Victorian London sees the TARDIS late sixteenth century America.

At the scene of the first great mystery and urban legend of the continent. Roanoke colony, the first British settlement there, was running low on supplies. It's governor went back to Britain to obtain more. His return was delayed by the Spanish armada. When he finally got back, he found the buildings taken down. No sign of any of the colonists. And the word CROATOAN carved into a tree trunk.

The Croatoan were a local Indian tribe, so the most likely explanation is that the colonists just joined with them and ended up going native.

None of which has stopped other, stranger explanations being ascribed to the situation. Some of them science fictional.

Thus Doctor Who now has a go at it.

The story is one long episode of sixty minutes in duration [approx]. The only breaks are the usual CD chapter ones. Although there is a natural break in the story roughly halfway in so you can treat it as a two parter if you wish.

When it starts the Doctor and his companions are separated. There's then a slight jump with some things having happened off stage as it were. Which means it takes a moment or two to get used to things. But you steadily do, thanks to some solid characterisation. Philip Pope's performance as John White and Ramon Tikaram as local Indian Wanchese are very good indeed. They being very strong characters played much in keeping with how people of the time were.

Jago and Litefoot aren't really the driving forces of the story. More observers trailing along in the Doctor's wake. But they have their moments. Colin Baker turns in a marvellously understated and subtle performance, as a weary and careworn Doctor who gently tries to drive the humans to do the right thing.

There's some subtle atmosphere that hints at a new world with ghost and monsters and strange old things awaiting.

The explanation for what happened is a very science fictional one, and one you do need to focus on to get your head around. But it's pretty clever and makes for a good story.

The last five minutes are a cliffhanger to set up Jago and Litefoot's fifth audio season.

A trailer for which is on the last track of the cd.

A good solid Doctor Who story and an interesting look at a real bit of history. It's well worth a listen.
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