Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 5/1/16 8:50 am
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The final story of the Jago & Litefoot, Series 11 box set finally features the Doctor, Jago, and Litefoot confronting the Master, just as his plans are coming to fruition. But will the Doctor, Jago, and Litefoot be able to stop the Master, or was he planning on them coming to him? The final story of this box set is... fun! I don't know what it is, but after the last three more serious installments, this story lets loose a little and has a little more fun with itself.
All the major players are in full swing here. Benjamin and Baxter are wonderful as always as Jago and Litefoot, respectively. They get some great scenes, though I am sad they didn't get to bounce off the Doctor a little more. Bowerman and Asquith again get some great scenes here, especially with Quick's twist of not being under the Master's control in the end and the final scene with Ellie (more on that later). The one non-Time Lord guest star, Rachel Atkins as Madame Sosotris, is fabulously wonderful, doing a great job assisting Jago and Litefoot.
As for the Time Lords, Beevers' Master is as great here as ever. He gets a lot more time to put on his most menacing evil voice here, which is wonderful, because he just kills it here in every scene. As for Colin Baker, God love him. He puts on just about the most ridiculous accent you could ask, and I'm amazed that it actually fooled anyone. He is the real reason why this story is so fun; he brings an air of comedy to this story that the box set so desperately needed. I'm sad he didn't appear in any of the other stories, but he's great here.
The story here is quite good again. I wish they would've spent more time on the ending, as it felt as if it was wrapped up a little too quickly, but it was still quite good. I particularly liked the idea of mirrors sucking the energy out of Jago and Litefoot (even if the script made painstakingly clear that there was something fishy about the mirrors), and I liked the Master's evil plan in the end. I've also got to think that there's some relation to the current Two Masters Monthly Range trilogy with the whole "the end is coming soon!" line the Master throws at the 6th Doctor. Time will tell on that one.
Before I wrap this up, I want to discuss the final scene. Now, I don't know the full details on Ellie, but I know she was supposedly cured of her vampirism. That is clearly no longer the case. Who will the next villain be, and why is Ellie a vampire again? Was it the Master attempting to "cure" her of her anomalies? Or was it something else?
Overall, I found the final story to be good, if ending a little too quickly. It would've benefited from a bit more time being spent on the ending, but the end result was a suprisingly fun story with a great cliffhanger ending.