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Beyond the TV Series: Jago & Litefoot

Gustaff Behr continues the guide to the Big Finish audio adventures.

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Succeeding their strange stopover with the superb space specialist – the Doctor – and subjugating the sinister Li Chiang, the suitable sir and the stage supervisor have shaped a sincere solidarity, spending spare sections of spells studying strange, secret and supernatural signs of sinful situations.

As you doubtlessly have deduced, I’ve deliberately designed this distributed demonstration to duplicate the developed dialogue delicacies this delightful designation – J&L – utilizes: The fondness for Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness and Added Alliterative Appeal. Purposely put, I’ve port you to persist in being perplexed provided you are powerless to perceive the persistence of the periodic pronunciation provided in this paper.

Jago-and-Litefoot-talonsThis piece is a passionate praise to the proper pathologist and the theatrical thespian titled Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago. The twosome teamed with the Doctor and Leela in the 1977 television tale The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The chemistry and conversational charm this collective conveyed consciously confirmed commonly that Big Finish should adequately award them their own auditory follow-up placed in 1890s London. This series has proved precisely prevalent with Doctor Who paramours and I can personally proclaim that I have yet to come across an unsatisfactory section of sensational storytelling in seven seasons of paying attention to these people parade around London investigating infernal inscrutabilities of paranormal pedigrees.

The cast consists of four chief characters – Jago and Litefoot – who are portrayed by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter. They are supported by Ellie Higson who is voiced by Lisa Bowerman who also voices Bernice Summerfield in the Adventures of Bernice Summerfield audio range. Conrad Asquith voices Sergeant Quick (formerly a PC), the infernal investigators’ colleague in the constabularies.

Jago-and-Litefoot-big-finishA particular pleasure pertaining to this patented Big Finish flag is it’s few and far between featured crossovers with further and former folks within the Doctor Who Universe. For seasons 3 and 4, as well as 7, Leela briefly immigrates from Gallifrey (another audio award) to impart input in the endeavors of the infernal investigators. We also have the puzzling ‘Professor Claudius Dark’ playing puppet-master in the fourth season as well as bridging the fourth and fifth seasons. Recently, Jago and Litefoot have united with Sir Conon Arthur Doyle for the seventh season of their sprees. Furthermore, the J&L title had already been greenlit for a ninth and a tenth season well before the seventh was released. This should supply a solid suggestion of just how standard these squires’ performances have proved amongst audio aficionados and those are just the virtuous personalities!

Those of you who are hearing the names Jago and Litefoot for the first time, I can understand if you’re first reaction is to go: “So they’re the Paternoster Gang’s audio knockoffs then?”

In actuality, the Jago and Litefoot series was already available abundantly sooner than the Paternoster Gang’s first appearance in A Good Man Goes to War. Also, although there is an approximate alikeness amid the two assemblies – for one – both scrutinize supernatural and space adversaries in 1890s London and both are a motley meeting of mavericks, but that is really where the comparisons conclude unless you want to count the component that both clusters were created after coming across the Doctor. Certainly, the core complaint Jago and Litefoot lovers have in contradiction of the Paternoster Gang is that the ‘Gang’ are stepping on the infernal investigators shoes when it comes to the concept of collecting Victorian London from creatures of cagy circumstances.

And there you have it! Twenty-nine stories in total: One backdoor pilot followed by twenty-eight full cast dramas. Have I succeeded in intriguing you to invest in the infernal investigators? Have I sparked your senses and sensibilities? The world of Big Finish may be immense and impressive, but the exceptional escapades of Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot are unquestionably a huge share of it. No less significant than The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood, UNIT or any other spin-off title.

In conclusion, your fine and faithful author (me) beseeches you to set course for the nearest bordering financial institute with emphatic expedition and channel your funds from future financial fortifications in favor of fresh and fictional familiar faces. Thanks for reading.

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23 comments
Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

I seriously hope Tom Baker's Doctor will make an appearence there, and soon. Will be so great!

Liana21
Liana21

I bought three audios today, my first three...Luna Romana, Prisoners of Fate and Max Warp.

How much weird is that I'm kinda excited.

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

Thank you for your excellent exultation of one of the best existing episodic narratives I've ever encountered in all my explorations of exported media. 


floppy_who
floppy_who

Jato and Litefoot are two of my favorite supporting characters from the entire classic series run and when I saw the first audio dramas advertised in DWM a few years ago I was almost tempted to delve in with a purchase, however I hadn't taken the dive with big finish audios. Now that I have quite a few under my belt and having read this article, the balance has well and truly been tripped.

The Rock of Gibraltar would be more easily......zzzzzz

(Apropos th nothing... The above is one of my favorite lines from TTOWC!)

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

I've been mulling over what my next BF purchase should be, and I've been very much leaning towards J&L. I suppose this is yet another vote in the affirmative. :) Thank you.

ilyootha is back in home Universe
ilyootha is back in home Universe

Thank you, another great read! 

I'm not bothered much about Jago & Litefoot and the Paternosters stepping on each others' shoes. Earth, especially London, attracts so many aliens and other kinds of "infernal inscrutabilities" that there is enough place for anyone to investigate them!


the_ponds_forever
the_ponds_forever

Another amazing read gustaff! Will you be doing a series on the novels as well? (Hint Hint eighth Doctors adventures Hint Hint Earth Arc!! XD)

gwylock1
gwylock1

This is one of the few Big Finish ranges I have yet to start listening to. I now have immediate plans to purchase all of them. Someone stop me.

Castrovalva
Castrovalva

What a truly enjoyable read.  I recently downloaded a Jago and Lightfoot audio.  I did not have high expectations but it was such a fun audio experience.    

Gustaff
Gustaff

This has been my attempt at imitating the speech patterns and mannerisms of Jago and Litefoot. Just to give the article a little extra zing. I personally think it’s a great impersonation, but I may be a bit biased lol

Have fun reading and go out and listen to these two. They’re worth it!

Gustaff
Gustaff

@The Finn Thank you! It was one of the harder ones I've ever written.

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Castrovalva I could listen to the two of them chat all day. Literally they can talk about the weather and it would come across as audio magic. Those characters are some of my absolute favorites EVER!


PS: What story did you get?

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

@Gustaff  You did much better than I've been able to do so far with an Eleventh Doctor/J&L crossover fic I started as a project for philosophy class - clearly I'm going to have to up my game! :)

DalekAgent
DalekAgent

@Gustaff  this is brilliantly written - I haven't listened to Jago and Litefoot, but I suddenly feel I need to! Will you be doing an article on Dalek Empire?


Castrovalva
Castrovalva

@Gustaff @Castrovalva  It was The Mahogany Murderers.  It was one of the big finish monthly "The Listener" audios.  The interplay between the two characters was just so superb.  It was quite incredible to realise the two actors had not played those characters for nearly 30 years.  Witty dialogue, gentle comedy, and the plot was also quite intriguing.  



FreddieC
FreddieC

You should, they are great articles, they are what inspired me to do my one about the new who licence!

Dalek Empire would be great, maybe some on each doctor?

Once again great Article !