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5.0 out of 5 stars The Victorian Investigators Are Back In There Own Adventure, 9 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Mahogany Murderers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
The Mahogany Murderers (Doctor Who Companion Chronicles.
Main character(s): Jago & Litefoot
Main enemy: Dr. Tulp
Main setting: London, the 1890s
Writer: Andy Lane
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Read by: Christopher Benjamin & Trevor Baxter
Release number: 3.11
1XCD.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Despite being part of The Companion Chronicles, this story focuses on two characters who have never been "official" companions of the Doctor.
2)This story served as a pilot episode for the Jago & Litefoot series which was confirmed after this title's success.
3)Jago recalls the "Weng-Chiang incident". (Tv: The Talons of Weng-Chiang).
4)This is also the first Companion Chronicles story to feature three credited separate actors, as director Lisa Bowerman has a small role as barmaid Ellie.

Whats The Story.
Professor George Litefoot: the eminent pathologist who advises the police in some of their grisliest cases, Henry Gordon Jago: the master of ceremonies at the Alhambra Theatre, These are two very different men from contrasting strata in society who became firm friends & collaborators after their adventure with the Doctor and Leela battling the evil Weng-Chiang.
Some years later, Jago and Litefoot have defeated dangerous denizens of the daemonic darkness together, They have stood side by side against threats to the British Empire but when a body is found on the banks of the River Thames & Litefoot's post mortum reveals that it is actually a highly detailed wooden mannequin, their most dangerous adventure begins.

Timelord Thoughts.
How I adore Jago & Litefoot whom at last get there first audio adventure in the Companion Chronicle range & this excellent adventure couldn't have come soon enough.

The Mahogany Murders is set in Victorian London, featuring two characters who appeared in Doctor Who: The Talons Of Weng-Chiang with the Fourth Doctor & Leela.

Writer Andy Lane has written a gem here of a chillingly good audio adventure as Henry Gordon Jago & Professor George Litefoot are unofficial supernatural investigators of the unexplained since meeting the Doctor, as when we meet them in this story it's hinted the duo have been stumbling & investigating one strange adventure to another.

Christopher Benjamin & Trevor Baxter reprise there roles with ease & slip into there characters like putting on a comfy pair of slippers as the story sees Professor Litefoot working in the morgue were a corpse delivered to him turns out to be a life-like wooden mannequin.

However the mannequin suddenly walks out of the morgue on its own so Jago and Litefoot put their investigatory skills to good use & are instantly on the case & discover this ties-in with the mysterious Dr.Tulp who will become a recurring character for this investigative duo as writer Andy Lanes story is a dark & mysterious one that is full of suspense & voice acted superbly by the two leads.

The story was deemed a one off but due to it's popularity Big Finish quickly capitalized one the fan's request for more & have given the characters there own spin off series which has to date released 7 series with three more to follow over the next year or so.

Overall, The Mahogany Murderers is a excellent 60 minute adventure wonderfully narrated by the two leads as Andy Lanes story captures the atmosphere of Victorian London brilliantly & delivers a wondeful tale of the macabre & unexplained while adding great humour to the two main characters which makes this adventure more a pilot like episode which will be expanded upon in the forthcoming spin off series range.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2014 16:03:16 BDT
M S says:
Great review, Timelord. J&L are really rather wonderful. Certainly it's great that BF have given them such an extended run. Long may it continue.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 16:56:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2014 16:56:33 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
I think there a great duo who's boxsets deliver brilliant adventures.

Cheers for the kind comments my friend.

Posted on 9 Aug 2014 17:19:46 BDT
rbmusicman says:
An interesting 'Doctor' companion 'audio' review.
You Guys certainly have a broad knowledge of 'Doctor' characters.
An extension of early 'Doctor' adventures.
(Here's me just 13 stories 15 episodes into the 2005 onward series)
Great reviewing 'Doc'
(You both have much depth in your 'Doctor' knowledge)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 17:29:36 BDT
M S says:
Timelord's your man for the full Big Finish ranges, and all the books, action figures, etc. I'll never have the time, or the patience to match that. I only really know all the t.v. stuff from the very start, and all the Big Finish main range. That's more than enough for me to be getting on with just now!

I don't think it's compulsory to get it all.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 17:38:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Aug 2014 17:39:12 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
M' your a Part time Whovian lol.

I want it all I want all the DW merchandise lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 17:47:07 BDT
M S says:
Ah, but I've been watching it since November 1963!! I wouldn't call that part time. That's a fairly substantial commitment to the show.

I just don't have the cash to splash on ALL the merchandise, if I did have the money to spare, I'd probably get everything I could lay my hands on!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 22:27:05 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Great review timelord007; Jago and Litefoot are a great pair; how wonderful that characters from a single story were so well written that they developed a life of their own, and we get to enjoy it now. Fantastic.
Money and time is the thing I think; money to spend on it all, but then where do you find the time to listen to/watch it all? It's a puzzle ...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 22:46:39 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Omit sleep, works for me lol, My brains not quite wired up correctly lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2014 23:10:17 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Nah, I like my sleep too much to give it up :-)

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 16:08:55 BDT
Tim Bradley says:
Sounds like a superb audio with Jago and Litefoot! Great review timelord!

This is obviously the story that commences the Jago and Litefoot series. I haven't listened to those audios but I gather they are good. I have heard Jago and Litefoot with Colin Baker's Doctor in the two 'Voyage' audios.

Fantastic review! You sell this story so well to newcomers especially those new to Big Finish. Tim.
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