Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey return as the crime-fighting team otherwise known as The Paternoster Gang. Their latest adventures, Heritage 2, is released today from Big Finish.
The much-loved characters, created by Steven Moffat, feature in a brand new set of audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, made in association with BBC Studios. The Paternoster Gang made their first TV appearance in the 2011 Doctor Who episode A Good Man Goes to War. In these audio adventures, Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey all reprise their TV roles. Actor Dan Starkey (Strax) has also written one of this volume’s stories, Dining with Death.
The first Big Finish adventure for The Paternoster Gang was released as part of The Eighth of March box set. Following this, four volumes, each containing three adventures, will be released in 2019 and 2020, with this being the second volume.
The Paternoster Gang
Victorian London harbours many secrets: alien visitors, strange phenomena and unearthly powers. But a trio of investigators stands ready to delve into such mysteries –the Great Detective, Madame Vastra; her resourceful spouse, Jenny Flint; and their loyal valet, Strax. If an impossible puzzle needs solving, or a grave injustice needs righting, help can be found on Paternoster Row.
In this latest series, the Silurian/human/Sontaran team come face to face with Spring-heeled Jack, the demon of 19th century folklore, explore a haunted Scottish castle with famed ghost-hunter Thomas Carnacki, and even host a lavish dinner straight out of an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs.
Producer David Richardson said: “We started the production by meeting with the cast, and many ideas from that meeting surface here. Dan Starkey’s written his own script to kick off the set, and Neve McIntosh had suggested it would be fun to do an episode about Spring-heeled Jack.”
Writer and actor Dan Starkey added: “I had a browse through a couple of Victorian cookbooks and they included a menu for a hunt ball – it’s amazing! It’s ten courses. The amount of food they made for those big formal dinners was astonishing. It was quite a fun thing to ask, what does Vastra eat? We know she mentions in one episode she’s just come from eating Jack the Ripper… if that’s true, what else is true?”
The box set comprises three new stories:
Dining with Death by Dan Starkey
When negotiations between two warring alien races are sabotaged, Madame Vastra offers Paternoster Row as neutral ground upon which to continue their diplomacy – and to celebrate the treaty with a feast.
While Strax frets about hosting two species with very different dietary needs, Jenny investigates the dissenters who want to halt the peace process.
But a deadly plot is brewing, and the diners may not survive the cheese course…
The Screaming Ceiling by Guy Adams
In one of the earliest cases of his illustrious career, Thomas Carnacki heads to the Highlands to embark upon the terrifying investigation of Castle Kraighten.
On arrival, he finds that another party of sleuths has been engaged – surely these amateurs of Paternoster Row have nothing to teach the great Ghost Finder?
But this is no ordinary haunting. A room in the castle has a mouth in its ceiling. And it screams…
Spring-Heeled Jack by Gemma Arrowsmith
People are being stolen from the streets by a monster. By all accounts, it has burning eyes, breathes blue flames, and can leap the height of a building at a bound.
While Vastra and Jenny fend off an over-eager member of the gutter press, Strax dives into dangerous waters.
Is this Spring-Heeled Jack of legend, returned to terrorise the capital? Or are there more sinister forces at work?
- Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra)
- Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint)
- Dan Starkey (Strax)
- Sophie Cotton (Gwendoline Platt)
- Daniel Easton (Jimmy)
- Caroline Guthrie (Anna Campbell)
- Isabella Inchbald (Elizabeth)
- Joe Jameson (Carnacki)
- Polly Kemp (Duchess Callys Flambo / Golp / Brummagem Betty)
- Glen McCready (Auditor-General Otak Lame / Reyn)
- Hywel Morgan (Baron Gallos Flambo / Robot Crab)
- David Shaw-Parker (John Campbell / Dodgson)
- Joe Sims (Sergeant Grout / Spring-Heeled Jack)