Among the myriad of titles Big Finish produces, there is one range almost universally adored by fans: Jago & Litefoot.
Telling the continuing stories of Henry Gordon Jago (Christopher Benjamin) and Professor George Litefoot (Trevor Baxter) they are the Victorian investigative duo who first appeared in the classic Doctor Who story ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’. Since they first appeared for Big Finish in 2009 they have never failed to entertain and delight, and this latest box set is no exception.
Season 10 features four CD-length tales coming together as whole. New to the story this time is Carruthers Summerton (Toby Hadoke),a fan and biographer who helps the duo as they face their latest round of fiendish foes and malevolent malefactors.
First up Simon Barnard and Paul Morris give us the wonderfully titled ‘The Case of the Missing Gasogene’ – a mystery involving soda syphons and science gone wrong. Splendid stuff immediately followed by ‘Year of the Bat’ by Jonathan Morris. Apart from the musically reference in the title, this is a great bootstrap paradox story involving younger versions of themselves from thirty years earlier, played by Alex Lowe and Blake Ritson.
The final pair of tales (‘The Mourning After’ by James Goss and ‘The Museum of Curiosities’ by Justin Richards) gives us the return of David Warner as Dr Luke Betterman (who first appeared in April’s Season 9), a plague, the funeral of Henry Gordon Jago and reminders of many of their greatest cases. Even if one of the twists is somewhat predictable, this in no way diverts from the pleasure of listening. There is even a completely unexpected cliff-hanger to boot. Corks!
Where other Big Finish seasons have reset themselves to allow newcomers to get on-board, Jago & Litefoot has simply polished the theme tune and carried on entertaining.
Lisa Bowerman directs (and stars as barmaid Ellie Higson) and of course Conrad Asquith is back as Inspector Quick.
Extras: A whole CD full of behind the scenes interviews.
Released on 21 October 2015 by Big Finish Productions Ltd.
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