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Jago & Litefoot & Strax

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/30/15 9:12 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Jago & Litefoot & Strax: There are certain breakout characters that don't live up to their star billing. Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Ali G', is just one example. Technically, Strax shares top-billing, but the comparison still holds, other than the fact this is really quite good.

Let's start at the beginning, the theme tune, I wish they had stuck to the original, but the new arrangement isn't too bad. The cerebral extraction, on the other hand, sounds a bit like those clippers that people use to shave their heads. Big Finish once again, does a splendid job of mixing the seemingly supernatural and the extraterrestrial: Strax, cerebral extractions and a haunted house.

At times, the humour is a little overdone, but Strax is his usual out of step with the rest of the world self. Dan Starkey really has made the character is own, to the point that it's just impossible to imagine anyone else in the role. So, Strax continued gender blindness and constant dispensing out battle strategy at inopportune moments should come as no surprise, but the character is no one trick pony. If anything, Jago's frustration at Strax's numbskullery is equally, if not more, amusing. In terms of performances, there really is no obvious weak link. Lisa Bowerman doesn't get the recognition she deserves in my opinion (in and out of the director's chair), and Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter are just incapable of doing anything wrong. Also, I love the way Mrs Multravers, played by Caroline Seymour, just appears and recedes into the shadows again, in a very ghostly ethereal way.

There is plenty here to keep most people entertained. It's both humorous and engaging, but no more than anything else in the 'Jago & Litefoot' series, and better than anything in series nine. Unsurprisingly, this is all about Strax and a fine audio production. Personally, I hope this stays more of a novelty, but I do like hearing Jago & Litefoot in a two-hour format.
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Reviewed By: xeryus63Review Date: 11/26/15 10:34 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This is one of the best Jago & Litefoot stories.
Adding Strax to the mix makes a great combination of Jago & Litefoot from Classic Who with Strax from New Who.
The plot isn't anything remarkably new.

But what makes it is the characterisation.
Strax really fits well into the world of Jago &Litefoot , and he isn't just poor comic effect.like a square peg in a round hole.

It all fits together seemlessly. It's probably as perfect a fit as you could imagine.
Everything you could wish for in Jago & Litefoot. Just brilliant

Big Finish should definitely use Strax again somehow with them, but would need some new twist for them to work together and not just use him just for the sake of it, it needs to be a good story.
This sets the bar really high for future paternoster gang use.
So Big Finish have a steep hill to climb for their "difficult second album".
But I would guess they'll use Madam Vastra & Jenny in with our heroes next, cause if they don't they'll be missing a massive opportunity for a crossover.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/24/15 12:04 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This story is a delightful and lighthearted tale that while being fun, never crosses the line into being absurd or campy. Strax fits right into world of Jago and Litefoot, and there's fantastic chemistry between the three leads.

The one thing I was nervous about listening to the trailer (and having seen Strax on TV is that the entire story would be one big joke about Strax's tendency to be unable to distinguish gender in humans. Yet, I needn't have worried, while Justin Richards played to this suggestion from Stephen Moffat, he didn't overplay it, thanks to a very clever scene with Ellie in the Red Tavern.

While the plot is a bit simple, the real highlight is the character interactions and they are quite fun Overall, this is a wonderful production that does a great job bringing Classic Who and the Twenty-First Century series together.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 11/14/15 2:42 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

There are too many superlatives to really type about just how good this is. It is actually simply brilliant, singly the most well produced, acted, written work from Big Finish, since the last one, and there have been a massive few over the last couple of weeks and months. However this release is without question, one of the best for it ability to be just the right mix of science fiction, drama, Who but above all else comedy. The pathos in this release is sublime, and, the whole cast don't just work well together it glides along like the proverbial well oiled machine. It is obvious that Benjamin and Baxter are in a class of their own, comfortable in their own skins as Jago and Litefoot. Then you add another quality actor that is Strax in the shape of Dan Starkey then you have a perfection. Big Finish in their never ending quest to produce better and better audio drama have simply discovered the coupling of Nu Who and Classic Who, as quite simply made something extra special. The story is simple, the joke running throughout the whole story that Strax as got Jago and Litefoot mixed up with his normal companions of Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint, does not tire or become stale it is really funny. The crux of the story is a alien race that has become stranded and is using the mental capabilities of nicking human brains to power their dastardly plans is something that has not gone unnoticed, add a so called haunted house and you have the makings of a wonderfully simple but effective platform, this is magnificent, and if Big Finish do not build on this, and extend the use of the whole paternoster gang then they are missing a massive trick. C'mon Nick and Jason you just created a real winning combination here, get cracking and knock some more of this combination.