In Review: Big Finish: Jago & Litefoot & Strax — The Haunting

The idea that Jago and Litefoot would meet Strax came from internal logic; the idea that he would mistake them for Madame Vastra and Jenny came from Steven Moffat.

Synopsis: Strax, the Sontaran butler to Victorian investigator Vastra and her wife Jenny, suffers a disorienting attack and mistakes the two Victorian investigators Jago & Litefoot for Jenny and Vastra and moves into Litefoot’s home. Together, they are on the trail of a creature that is stealing brains, which may or may not be linked to a haunted house in London…

Review: According to the Extra Interviews, the idea that Jago and Litefoot would meet Strax came from internal logic; the idea that he would mistake them for Madame Vastra and Jenny came from Steven Moffat. It was a marvelous running gag that led to a “stolen kitchen” and many other priceless exchanges. I also appreciated that writer Justin Richards combined grizzly murders and Victorian haunted house tropes with plot nuggets from Moffat’s own ‘The Girl in the Fireplace.’ For all that, the script wasn’t at all bloated, leaving the actors plenty of room for character beats that became the story. My personal favorite involved a magician and a parrot that Strax rendered very definitely mort. As a fan of the entire Paternoster Gang, I hope Madame Vastra and Jenny join in the next adventure to help Jago avoid any more feathered carnage at his theater.

You can purchase “The Haunting” here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/jago-litefoot-strax—the-haunting-1342?range=113

Written By: Justin Richards

Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast

Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Dan Starkey (Strax), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie), Conrad Asquith (Inspector Quick), Stephen Critchlow (Marvo)

9.7
Big Finish: Jago & Litefoot & Strax — The Haunting
  • Script, Performances
  • Now I want Vastra and Jenny in on the action, too
  • Script
    9.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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