Hot on the heels of the news that the Master will menace the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors from April to June comes word that in three months, investigators of infernal incidents Jago and Litefoot will also face the villain on audio thanks to Big Finish Productions.
First introduced in the fan favourite 1977 Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, theatre owner Henry Gordon Jago and pathologist Professor George Litefoot were first reunited by Big Finish in 2009 for The Mahogany Murderers. Their own highly popular 1900s-set spin-off, starring Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, soon followed and the eleventh series will be released in April.
Following his brief appearance at the very end of the tenth boxset, the Master will recur throughout the next run, this time played by Geoffrey Beevers, continuing the part from numerous TV and audio stories. His plan will draw together across the series before culminating in an epic showdown featuring the return of the Sixth Doctor. Long term followers will also be happy to learn that barmaid Ellie Higson (Lisa Bowerman, also the series’ director) and Inspector Quick (Conrad Asquith) are also back for more adventures.
The first story, Jago and Son by Nigel Fairs, sees the aficionado of appropriate alliteration discover he has a son; in Maurice, written by Matthew Sweet, our heroes meet the famed composer; Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, joins the action for Paul Morris and Simon Barnard’s The Woman in White; and events come to a head in Justin Richards’ Masterpiece, which also sees the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) return to the smoky streets of Victorian London.
‘We’ve been talking about bringing the Master into Jago and Litefoot since the series began and now the moment is right!,’ says Jago & Litefoot producer David Richardson, ‘Because it’s the Master, he’s about to change the lives of our characters in a very big way…’
You can pre-order Jago & Litefoot Series 11 here. The twelfth series has also this morning been announced, pre-order here, and is said to feature the return of another ancient adversary. It’s certainly a very exciting time to be following this series.
This is just the latest in a series of announcements celebrating the forty-fifth anniversary of the Master’s first appearance in 1971’s Terror of the Autons, when he was played by Roger Delgado and fans of Big Finish can expect more to come throughout the year.
You can read Big Finish’s full article on the news here.