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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!