We conclude Big Finish Week on the DWC with some great news: in March and April, Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin narrate two Short Trips which sees their Doctor Who counterparts, Professor George Litefoot, and Henry Gordon Jago meet none other than the Tenth Doctor!
You’ll know that the pair debuted in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and Big Finish has timed the news to coincide with the 40th anniversary of its Episode One broadcast.
This is the first time Jago and Litefoot have been in the Short Trips, and of course the first time that particular range has ventured into so-called “NuWho” territory!
Producer, Ian Atkins enthuses:
“Who doesn’t adore Robert Holmes’ wonderful Talons of Weng-Chiang double-act? With the 40th anniversary of their meeting on TV coming up in late March, I’d wanted to mark it with a special Short Trip, which thanks to the support of David Richardson, Nicholas Briggs, and Jason Haigh-Ellery became a two-parter and a two-hander – both unique in the series’ run. Christopher and Trevor loved Jonathan Barnes’ script, and brought their warmth and humour to it – plus their research, courtesy of some new series Doctor Who DVDs!”
Short Trips: The Jago & Litefoot Revival (Acts 1 and 2) are directed by Lisa Bowerman, and here’s what each download-only title is about:
Act One: Tonight’s lecture to the Club For Curious Scientific Men will be given by Professor George Litefoot, pathologist – assisted by his esteemed colleague Mr Henry Gordon Jago, theatrical impressario – who will recount a sequence of outlandish events in London and Greece, ruminate upon the nature of good fortune (or rather its absence), and provide a surprising account of a mercurial old friend. The lecture starts at 7:30 and will include an interval.
Act Two: 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.
This year’s Short Trips schedule accommodated these two new stories, with How To Win Planets And Influence People (narrated by Rufus Hound) moving to June, and Flashpoint (with Sheridan Smith) moving to July. Ian continues:
“I’m always reluctant to move any story once it’s announced and I hope fans will forgive me. But for a long time we didn’t think we’d get into studio with The Jago & Litefoot Revival in time, and then it suddenly all happened – and it would have been a sin to miss marking the anniversary itself when we had the chance.”
It’s also been announced that Simon A Forward’s Sixth Doctor and Mel story, Mel-evolent is due in February 2018, and will be read by Bonnie Langford.
Stay tuned to the DWC for regular news and reviews of all Big Finish’s releases – and don’t forget, you’ve got until the end of today to download Mary’s Story completely free, in our exclusive offer.