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4.1 out of 5 stars
Voyage to the New World (Doctor Who)
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 August 2014
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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on 24 January 2017
‘Voyage to the New World’ is a bit of an odd ghost story with a science fiction explanation that sees the Doctor and his colleagues become involved in the mystery surrounding the lost colony of Roanoke island; a mystery still unsolved today.

Following directly on from ‘Voyage to Venus’, Jago and Litefoot’s jaunt with the Sixth Doctor inadvertently continues as the Doctor fails to return them to their own place and time. Instead the Tardis arrives in late sixteenth century North America during the early efforts at British colonisation.

Although they form a duology of sorts the connections between the two are more thematic than plot related. Therefore ‘Voyage to the New World’ can be enjoyed and understood without having to have previously listened to ‘Voyage to Venus’. Although there are certainly some benefits to listening to them both together.

They are both concerned with the nature of imperialism and colonisation. Taking the mystery of an historical lost colony means the setting for ‘Voyage to the New World’ allows for less opportunity for humour than the entirely fictional scenario devised for ‘Voyage to Venus’. It is, therefore, not as much fun as the interaction and banter between the Doctor and his two fellow travellers is toned down to match the more serious subject; thus losing a bit of the magic usually common to their relationships.

There is also a nice contrast between the two in that ‘Voyage to the New World’ is concerned with the earliest days of British colonisation in the Americas whereas ‘Voyage to Venus’ looks at colonisation of other planets by humans in the far future. The similarities between the two efforts at colonisation are perhaps more intriguing than the differences, however.

The story also nicely sets up Jago and Litefoot for their next independent series; these trips with the Sixth Doctor serving as a vessel to alter Jago and Litefoots’ established locale for a time.
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on 26 September 2015
‘Voyage to the New World’ was written by Matthew Sweet and is set on Roanoke Island in 1590. The Doctor and his companions land on a beach and are soon taken captive by Native Americans. Something is killing the natives but the colonists too. The orchestral soundtrack that is eerie with the occasional panpipe or what sounds like a Theremin. More than the components though the arrangement flows and ebbs in all the right places.

Of course Colin, Christopher and Benjamin all give good performances but with their experience how could they not? Christopher and Benjamin just are Jago and Litefoot; Colin is a consummate actor and even if you don’t like his Doctor you can’t deny his professionalism. All the supporting cast perform well in their roles but Emerald O’Hanrahan as Eleanor Dare stands especially.

Well, it’s certainly different but it doesn’t do much for me personally. It’s not bad or boring, but I just find it very hard to get into. The dialogue and atmosphere lift this up above average. This is quite a contrast in tone and setting, it’s quite solemn with a great twist.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 8 November 2014
This story takes place directly after the previous Voyage of Jago and Litefoot with the Sixth Doctor, in Voyage to Venus. At the end of that story, the Doctor promises Jago and Litefoot a drink at the pub – but where they end up is anywhere but their local. Instead, the intrepid Victorians and the Doctor end up in the colonies – the New World, and the year is 1590. There, Jago is separated from the others; when they meet up again a few weeks has passed, and Jago is not well. The travellers find themselves at the colony of Roanake – but where are the colonists?

Interestingly, this story is built around a true historical incident – the settlers of Roanoke in the new world colony of Virginia did indeed disappear; the settlement was dismantled, and there was just the word “Croatoan” carved into a post, and “Cro” carved on a tree. John White, Governor of the Colony returned from England, but the possibility that the settlers had moved to the nearby Croatoan Island was never followed up; the men refused to go any further, and left the next day. To this day, there’s no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the 90 men, 17 women and 11 children who had made up the colony when White had last seen them.

But now we get to hear the ‘real’ story! A hugely successful story, this brilliantly blends history with the world of Doctor Who and the result is a wonderful tale. I loved the authentic-sounding Elizabeth English phraseology and vocals; John White is played wonderfully well by Philip Pope. And the native American chief Wanchese is played incredibly movingly and well by Ramon Tikaram. Even Sir Walter Raleigh joins in, in the guise of Mark Lockyer. Benjamin, Baker and Baxter (as they are noted in the accompanying booklet) play Jago, Litefoot and the Doctor brilliantly, as always. The story ends with the Doctor leaving his Victorian friends, but not quite where he meant to. Their story picks up in the Jago & Litefoot Series Five. Totally unreservedly recommended; this is a great experience.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 January 2014
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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