It’s not usual for me to put a spoiler warning before I talk about any of a story, but this is more than needed.
If you have NOT listened to The Jago and Litefoot Revival- Act One, please do NOT read this review!
You have been warned…
Okay, now that we’ve gotten rid of anyone who’s not heard Act One, we can spoil EVERYTHING. I know some people asked if I knew that the guy in the fez at the end of Act One was the Eleventh Doctor, and the answer is, of course I did. I just chose not to spoil it by playing ignorant in my review. Also, isn’t this cover gorgeous? Anyway, let’s get on with the review…
Fresh from another superlative season on the boards at the New Regency, we are this evening elated to welcome that master of melodrama, that sultan of story, that king of the cliffhanger Mr Henry Gordon Jago. Tonight, in his usual matchless and majestic manner, he will continue and conclude our captivating chronicle of fortune, change and revivification, with the indispensable assistance of that peerless pathologist, Professor George Litefoot.
I must first and foremost thank Big Finish for not making the interval a whole month, and rather a matter of days, I don’t know if I could have waited that long for the conclusion to this epic tale.
We start the tale with Professor George Litefoot and the Tenth Doctor running along the beach, and we learn that for George, it’s been a year since he last met the Doctor, in his sixth incarnation, as they dealt with the Master (which happened in Jago & Litefoot Series 11). We get some nice bit of exposition about the Gentlemen of the Dice who are seemingly after George for some type of energy. All this before the titles.
Back with the great Henry Gordon Jago and the Eleventh Doctor, who are still in the basement of the theatre. I must admit, I absolutely love how Jonathan Barnes has written both Jago and Litefoot; especially when they’re trying to describe the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s. Jago’s description of the Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver has to be one of my favourite descriptions of anything ever. Saying it sounds like “a mouse performing acrobatic feats” is ingenious, and I’ll never hear the Sonic in the same way again.
Once we’re back with Ten and George, we see glimpses of the Tenth Doctor’s ‘Time Lord Victorius’ as he seems to be extremely compassionless to the Gentlemen of the Dice; not really offering them a chance to redeem themselves. It’s interesting, considering we later learn exactly when this is happening for the Tenth Doctor, that he would choose to act like this; but I must confess, the revelation of where in the Tenth Doctor’s timeline this adventure is happening did bring a tear to my eye.
One thing that I love about how Barnes has written the Eleventh Doctor is that he’s managed to capture the essence of the Eleventh Doctor’s earlier adventures perfectly; he’s a Time Lord who thinks he knows what he’s doing but is never sure, everything is an adventure, even if it could prove disastrous. He’s a man that’s always seeing the silver lining to any cloud. It’s so nice to be able to have these New-Who Doctor’s on board with Big Finish.
We eventually learn that the creature that the Eleventh Doctor and Jago are attempting to escape is also the Gentlemen of the Dice, albeit in a totally different form. It’s not long before Jago and Litefoot are reunited in what can only be described as the realm of the Gentlemen of the Dice; and it’s not looking good for the dynamic Victorian duo.
The idea that Jago and Litefoot have to save their lives by telling stories from their lives is really interesting, especially in the context of why they’re telling this particular tale. It’s all very meta I must say.
The conclusion of The Jago & Litefoot Revival- Act Two is rather satisfying, but not as strong as the cliffhanger from Act One, I must confess. We get a small cameo from someone who, if you’re a keen Jago & Litefoot fan, you’ll be more than familiar with, and you also get a tease for adventures that are yet to come.
All in all, the second act of The Jago and Litefoot Revival is as strong as the first, we tie up all the loose ends whilst being taken along a rip-roaring ride with Jago, Litefoot and the Doctor. Personally, for just under £6 for both acts, it has to be a must buy, not just for any Big Finish or Jago and Litefoot fans, but for any fans of New Who too.
Should you want to purchase The Jago & Litefoot Revival: Act Twoe, it’s currently available as a download from Big Finish for £2.99 which you can purchase here.