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Voyage to Venus

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/7/19 6:23 pm
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"Voyage to Venus" serves as Jago and Litefoot's first true adventure in the TARDIS with the Doctor transporting them into the far future of another planet as is standard for new companions. It's a rather traditional story starting off as an exploration of the planet but turning into a mystery involving the entire Venusian society, the wildlife on the planet, and the Venusian leader. But as a fun story introducing well-loved characters to the dangers of time and space, 'Venus' succeeds in reminding you of how enjoyable these introductory travels can be. Granted there are some moments that don't quite work such as the forced message of the ending, some predictable plot points, and the boring trope of the team being separated early in the story only to be reunited later. But the chemistry between the main team of Colin Baker, Trevor Baxter, and Christopher Benjamin work almost flawlessly together especially with the Sixth Doctor's more flamboyantly eccentric style and the setting combined with the Victorian aesthetics of the Infernal Investigators make this audio feel like akin to 'The Time Machine' at its best. It's not a story that's going to blow your mind in any way and I wouldn't call it the most inventive script in the world. But I don't think it necessarily needs to be given what's been set up and the tone, atmosphere, and writing very much reflect that view. "Voyage to Venus" at its core is meant to be an entertaining and imaginative way to spend an hour listening to a fine cast of characters on a new alien world. In that regard, it's a major success and fans of both J&L and the Sixth Doctor, as well as Whovians in general, will find a lot to enjoy here.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/23/18 11:18 pm
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Victorian gentlemen exploring the planet Venus. It is Doctor Who adventure but Jonathon Morris has laid it out like a Jules Verne adventure. The focus is on Jago and Litefoot in an alien place, seeing strange beasts and meeting exotic people.
There is a plot there, but it isn't important. What is important is the sense of fun and nostalgia.

In many ways this fits neither Doctor Who, nor Jago and Litefoot, and yet it works for both.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/15/15 10:48 am
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Voyage to Venus

We have the wonderful Baxter and Benjamin here, as the extravagantly wondrous Jago and Litefoot. Off on an adventure with good old No.6. This is a massive slice of Verne, 50's B Movie science fiction, the audio invokes with out much of a thought of that era of Technicolor productions.
Couple that with what I think by far is the best paring of individuals around in the shape of Jago and Litefoot then this is a cracking 1 hour adventure that had me smiling all the way till the end music credits.
Baxter is sublime, so much the character and so charming afoot. Benjamin playing the slightly more affable but equally wonderful Jago, you simply cannot fault them, they deliver exactly what you want, robust, entertainment, and a nice mashup to boot with the Doctor as well. Colin I think plays well with these two guys, and, listening to the additional material it is apparent that he has worked with them in his past, so there is a relationship of sorts that they are building on here, which makes for some first rate theater.
The story is as I said very much in keeping with that Verne/Wells theme and feeling, seeing our two Victorians and the Doctor land on the planet Venus, and, bring about a better understanding between the inhabitants (past survivors of Earth) and the native Saturn dwelling species. All very Doctor Who I felt. Lovely warm, not overly complicated story, with top of the class characters.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/1/15 10:17 pm
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Following the events of the Hourglass Killers at the end of Series 4 of Jago and Litefoot, the Sixth Doctor takes the Two Victorian gentelemen on a trip and they land on the planet Venus where they encounter a matriarchal society that's hiding a terrible secret.

The good news is that the adventure stands alone quite nicely. It's not brilliant or groundbreaking. It's female-dominated Venus and strange creatures plot could easily have come out of a 19th Century pulp. The story is well-told, but not impressive. The strength of the tale is the great Chemistry the leads enjoy which carries the story and makes for an entertaining hour of audio entertainment.