Friday, 31 May 2013

Jago and Litefoot: The Mahogany Murderers

Doctor Who fans may be familiar with the fantastic 1977 story set in Victorian London,  'The Talons of Weng-Chiang,' with Tom Baker.
This particular story is my favourite one because of so many elements, including the delightful pairing of premier pathologist Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago, the theatrical manager and master of ceremonies with a witty way with words.  Being a little behind in knowing about this, I've only recently discovered the amazing treasure trove of audio productions being written and produced by Big Finish, many of them with former actors in Doctor Who, these new stories being set in between the adventures we saw in television. The idea of bringing these two characters back to life after over thirty years was a stroke of genius.  Listening to Trevor Baxter as Litefoot and the rich and fruity voice of Christopher Benjamin as Jago is a treat and to begin in order I started with the first offering:  The Mahogany Murderers.

The tale is set a few years after The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and over time they have "defeated denizens of the daemonic darkness together.  They have stood side by side against threats to the British Empire."  But when mysterious animated wooden figures began being seen in London, a new adventure begins.  This first story consists of Jago and Litefoot recounting their experiences of the mystery, relaying what occurred to each other in a pub.  It is a fine production with a rather intimate feel and serves as a good introduction to the audio box sets that have followed, with five being released and more scheduled.
 I am intending to purchase these sets slowly, and look forward to listening to more adventures with Jago and Litefoot.  

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