Jago & Litefoot Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Mar 2012
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4.1 Jago in Love, by Nigel Fairs – This story starts directly from the end of the third box set, where Leela has gone looking for her friends. The mysterious Professor Dark appears to know them; but they don’t know him. Leela and her two friends decide to take a holiday in Brighton, but they find both temptation and heartbreak waiting there for them.
This story offers a wonderful character study of the three, while weaving a very clever and evocative adventure into their lives.
4.2 Beautiful Things, by John Dorney – Back from their experiences in Brighton, Professor Litefoot is busy with getting his house repaired; and Leela and Jago have tickets to the theatre; there’s a new play out by that chap Oscar Wilde. A chance encounter sets Leela on the hunt, but the friends may have met their match.
A brilliant and witty homage to Wilde, John Dorney has written a great adventure within the broader arc that is being set up.
4.3 The Lonely Clock, by Matthew Sweet – Jago and Litefoot are on a train journey from which there seems to be no return, and Leela and Ellie are trying to help Winnie O’Connor; but Winnie has secrets of her own, and Leela and Ellie find themselves in terrible danger.
A great story of time and its ramifications, this very clever narrative brings together the action of all our friends to a perfect revelation.
4.4 The Hourglass Killers, by Justin Richards – Mr Kempston and Mr Hardwick have been revealed; and Professor Dark has appeared again. This time, Jago and Litefoot may not be able to keep their friends, or themselves, alive.
A wonderful close to this set of four stories, Justin Richards has wrapped up the arc of the storyline very neatly indeed.
There is a fifth cd containing interviews with cast members and production team members. This is very interesting to hear, and to get behind some of the stories that we’ve listened to in the previous four cds. At the end of the cds of the individual stories, there are brief discussions by the authors on their own stories.
These are all great stories, and they add up to a very satisfying overall story arc, in the inimitable Jago and Litefoot way. Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter really ‘are’ Jago and Litefoot, and you can’t imagine the two Victorian gentlemen being anything other than those performers. It’s wonderful to have, in these stories Louise Jameson as the warrior Leela, and the confusion that arises between the clash of cultures and understandings of the three are very witty and often very funny. Supported by a great cast, including Lisa Bowerman as Ellie, Conrad Asquith as Sergeant Quick, and Christopher Beeny and Mike Grady and Mr Kempston and Mr Hardwick, this box set is a great addition to the ongoing collection of Jago and Litefoot stories.
Following the events of the third series, Jago, Litefoot and Leela are immediately thrown into more mysteries, with some painful personal consequences for each. Seemingly linking them all is the mysterious Claudius Dark, who knows Leela and knows a lot about Jago and Litefoot, and has a voice that may be familiar to fans of the show. Along the way we are trated to a more verbose than usual Jago in love, a meeting with Oscar Wilde, who comes up with the most outrageous piece of persiflage with a sentence that must have really tested the actor to the utmost. They are trapped on a very odd train indeed, and finally get up close and personal with a not as figurative as usual sand of time.
There is a fantastic interplay between the actors, Benjamin and Baxter simply inhabit the parts yet still manage to bring new depths to them and to their relationship. Jameson is a real treat as Leels, Lisa Bowerman again is superb as Ellie the barmaid.
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. There is a coda to the final episode that sets up a fascinating sounding situation, and I genuinely cannot wait to see what happens next.
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.
With one story and three box sets before this set, Jago & Litefoot Season Four continues to be fresh, original and very much one of the most worthwhile and rewarding pieces of merchandise. Four stars for stories and originality, but a glowing five stars for existing. Well done Big Finish, but well done to all those who have paved the way to this point; Robert Holmes (The Talons of Weng-Chiang writer) Christopher Benjamin (Jago) and Trevor Baxter (Litefoot).
An absolute must for any "Talons" fan, or obviously any follower of the stories so far. There are plenty of original stories and ideas working around a Victoriana framework. A well-realised Leela character, and Jago and Litefoot themselves as good today as they were back in the 1970s performing what has to be Doctor Who's finest double act.
The Jago & Litefoot might only have a small Doctor Who logo on the front, but it is every bit as good as the majority of Big Finish Doctor Who throughput. Jago and Litefoot feel like the most interesting Victorian sleuth-like characters after Holmes and Watson and are an absolute joy to listen to.
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