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2.4 - The Justice of Jalxar

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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 11/13/15 12:46 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A fourth Doctor/Jago & Litefoot crossover was an irresistible prospect. After all, pretty much everyone loves Jago & Litefoot, and the prospect of a fourth Doctor reunion with the infernal investigators would be highly anticipated. And in the hands of John Dorney, The Justice Of Jalxar becomes a fantastic piece of audio that is so fun and such a great listen that the hour just flies by. The story may be slight, but the whole thing feels so fun and enjoyable to listen to that it doesn't really matter much about the plot. What's key here is the interaction between the two sets of regulars, and Dorney really makes it sing. The Doctor, Jago, Romana and Litefoot together are just superb, the interaction is wonderfully witty and funny, and they just work together so well, especially the relationship between Jago and Romana. The two of them just worked fantastically that it made their sections the most listenable. Dorney gave them all some wonderful material, and these make up for any 'deficiencies' in the plot. Although, truth be told, John Dorney's plot is perfectly acceptable, with some lovely comments upon the nature of superheroes and the determination of guilt, that never feel too heavy handed or forced. It just feels perfect, keeping the tone light and fluffy, but never allows it to feel irrelevant. And as I said, the focus is on the main characters. However, that means that the story doesn't focus upon the guest characters as well. In particular, Mary gets quite a bit of exposure in the second part, with some brilliant moments from actress Rosanna Miles as well. She does bring a lot to the part of Mary, and that's to be really appreciated. I also thought that the rest of the cast were really good, with Adrian Lukis standing out as the brilliant Harvey Marsh. Lukis has a brilliant rapport with Tom Baker, and can face off against him really well. The scenes of their confrontation by the church are incredibly well written and performed. I did think that there were a few too many sub-villains, which was a real shame, because I'd rather have had more from Adrian Lukis' character. But the real standouts proved to be Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, who all turn in superlative performances. Tom Baker's so good, it's almost stratospheric, Mary Tamm gives one of her all-time best performances, and is clearly loving the chance to have a subplot all to herself, and Chris and Trevor really bring out some of the play's funniest moments. Trevor's cockney accent, in particular, was a comic highlight. They are all ably supported by Ken Bentley's tight direction, which allows the actors to be a little larger than life but never pushing the boat too far. Added to by a strong score and soundscape by Howard Carter, The Justice Of Jalxar is easily my favourite of the Fourth Doctor Adventures so far, with some brilliant moments, some really witty dialogue, a fast pace and some amazing acting. A true Fourth Doctor Adventures classic and a superlative specimen of standout storytelling!
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/9/15 6:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

John Dorney is quickly becoming one of my favorite Big Finish writers along with Jonathan Morris and Marc Platt. He knows just what notes to hit to make a good story and that is helped with the return of Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter as the investigators of infernal instances Gordon Henry, I mean Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot reuniting with the Fourth Doctor. Their chemistry is amazing and even though the story is dark they are all very comedic.

The idea of Jalxar is great as the robot is powered by steam when a man tried to save the woman he loved. She of course had no idea that he existed giving a very tragic villain and this is a great way to get into the world of Jago and Litefoot and makes me want to check the range out even more.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/23/15 1:17 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

There is a vigilante roaming the streets of Victorian London and our quartet of heroes have to stop him! 'The Justice of Jalxar' was written by John Dorney, and is a curious mixture of Fourth Doctor Adventure and Jago & Litefoot, although it leans more heavily towards the latter. John Dorney also wrote possibly the best story of the first season of the Fourth Doctor Adventures - although admittedly that wasn't hard considering the competition.

The sound effects crate a vibrant and detailed setting: the water lapping at the shore, wooden furniture splintering as it's broken and the gushing steam of the robot. The robot being the embodiment of steam punk, and that's what this story is. My only real complaint is that this felt over crowded with to duos swapping partners with one set wondering off to inevitably need rescuing at a later point, and that's with K-9 being written out. All in all, it's very enjoyable and well written, but I didn't think it did quite enough for it to be a classic. Saying that, it certainly wouldn't be out of place in any of the Jago & Litefoot box sets. This audio drama was recorded on 6 October and 7 November 2011.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/17/15 5:41 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Writer John Dorney has given us a Fourth Doctor Adventure in which he is reunited with Jago and Litefoot in time to face off against a Victorian Vigilante who evokes images of Superman and Judge Dread. And it really is as good as it sounds.

Despite all the other elements, Mary Tamm delivers a truly great performance that steals the show with cleverness, and some great light comedic touches. This is just superb.
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