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Part of the Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Play series, Jago & Litefoot is a spin-off featuring the hugely popular duo from the 1977 Fourth Doctor story The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The series started life as a Backdoor Pilot one-off release in the Companion Chronicles range, The Mahogany Murderers, which spawned a fully-dramatised range which lasted for 13 series (each consisting of a boxset of four hour-long episodes) and several special releases (including two stories in which they become the Sixth Doctor's travelling companions) before being sadly curtailed by Trevor Baxter's (Professor Litefoot) death in 2017. A final release, Jago & Litefoot Forever, served as a Grand Finale, with Litefoot being represented by previously unused recordings of Trevor Baxter. The scripts for the fourteenth series, which had been completed before Baxter passed away, were later adapted as single-reader audiobooks.

Recaps are listed under Big Finish Doctor Who.

Tropes used in this series include:

  • Big Bad: Dr. Tulp in Series 1, Gabriel Sanders in Series 2, Professor Payne in Series 3, Kempston and Hardwick in Series 4, Guinevere Godiva in Series 5, The Colonel in Series 6, Carruthers Summerton in Series 10, The Master in Series 11 and The Old One in Series 12.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ellie Higson, the only regular character who didn't appear in Talons and was created specifically for the audio series.
  • Cliffhanger: With the exception of Series 12, every series ends on a cliffhanger leading into the next one.
  • Crossover: Leela appears in Series 3 & 4 (as well as a cameo in Series 7 and Forever), and the Sixth Doctor also appears in Series 4, setting up the special Voyages of Jago & Litefoot releases. Additionally, a special release paired Jago & Litefoot with Strax the Sontaran, and Series 11 featured The Master as the Big Bad. Jago & Litefoot also appear in two Fourth Doctor Adventures and The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure, all of which are set chronologically after the end of their own series.
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  • Historical Domain Character: Arthur Conan Doyle in The Monstrous Menagerie, and Frederick Abberline (the Chief Inspector of the London Met during the Jack the Ripper investigation) in The Wax Princess.
  • Left Hanging: The final series recorded before Trevor Baxter's death ends on a cliffhanger. Although it will be addressed in Jago & Litefoot Forever, it will not be resolved in the originally intended manner and it is unlikely we will ever find out what was planned for Series 14. Averted with the announcement of the Series 14 Audiobook, which adapts the scripts finished for Series 14 into audiobooks read by one actor per episode.
  • Mundanger: Despite initial appearances, The Bellova Devil features no science fiction or fantasy elements whatsoever.
  • Pilot: The Mahogany Murderers is retroactively considered this. (Though given that it contained a blatant Sequel Hook it's obvious they planned at least a follow-up story.)
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  • Retraux: The CD cases are meant to look like old, leather-bound books.
  • Sequel Episode: Series 5 is a sequel to the characters' original television appearance, and the events of Talons also play a part in Series 13.
  • Vacation Episode: Series 9 involves Jago & Litefoot going on a cruise.


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