New to Big Finish? // Jago & Litefoot
Jago and Litefoot is a Doctor Who spin off series featuring two characters first introduced in The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot. Together, they are Jago & Litefoot: Investigators of Infernal Incidents, solving mysteries involving the paranormal and alien phenomena in 1880s Victorian London.
The series kicks off with the Pilot: The Mahogany Murders. This was featured in the Doctor Who: Companion Chronicles range (an audiobook format in which one or more companions tell a story through their POV), in which the duo meet up at the Red Tavern to retell their encounter of living wooden puppets and their first meet-up with the mysterious scientist Dr. Tulp.
This continues into Series 1, where the duo encounter more strange cases: a blood draining beast, a presumed dead warrior walking in the land of the living, and creepy seances. Meanwhile, Dr. Tulp is messing about behind the scenes…
From there, each Series tends to overlap one another with an ongoing main theme (and the odd story which is a break between the main story arc):
- Series 2: Vampires and the undead.
- Series 3: An old friend returns to help discover and mend cracks in time.
- Series 4: The introduction to Professor Claudius Dark and two new foes who are hunting him for reasons unknown.
- The Specials: Jago and Litefoot travel in the TARDIS!
- Series 5: After their travels through time and space, the duo return back to London…in the 1960’s! Meanwhile, an old associate of Litefoot has a score to settle…
OUTSIDE APPEARANCES (possibly not connected to Main Series)
- The Justice of Jalxar - Jago and Litefoot reunite with the Fourth Doctor, who is currently traveling with Romana I. Part of the Fourth Doctor Adventures range, this adventure pits the group against a masked vigilante and a large spate of corpses popping up around London.
For those of you who are looking for something new and very different, but sort of similar to Doctor Who, this might be a great series for you to check out! It’s witty, silly and all around enjoyable with new and creative stories/story arcs with each series. (Also kind of has a steampunk-ish/Victorian fantasy feel in some respects). And they’re only an hour each! Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxtor deliver wonderful performances in each story and all around in good fun for fans of The Talons of Weng-Chiang.***
***[New Who fans might want to watch this Classic Who serial out before listening to any of the series just to get a grasp on the characters. Otherwise, try out The Mahogany Murders (and to a further extent, Series 1) first.]