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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:

  • Anachronic Order: Their own series proceeds in chronological order, but some of their guest appearances happen out of sync with the main series. Their last two chronological appearances, for instance, are the Fourth Doctor adventures "The Justice of Jalxar" and "The Beast of Kravenos", taking place in the early 1900s (and released years apart).
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Left Hanging: The final series recorded before Trevor Baxter's death ended on a cliffhanger. It was addressed in Jago & Litefoot Forever, but obviously not in the originally-intended fashion. They also announceed the Series 14 Audiobook, which adapts the scripts finished for Series 14 into audiobooks read by one actor per episode, to wrap up the series properly.
  • Mundanger: Despite initial appearances, The Bellova Devil features no science fiction or fantasy elements whatsoever and it's actually a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax. Until the final moments strongly imply that the hoaxer's father really is undead.
  • Name and Name: Not just the series itself, but many of the individual episodes - "Litefoot & Sanders", "Jago & Litefoot & Patsy", "Higson & Quick", "Jago & Litefoot & Strax", "Jago & Son" and finally "Benjamin & Baxter", a behind-the-scenes documentary on the two stars.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Sherlock Homage: Much like in Weng-Chiang the setting and tone of the audios bring to mind Sherlock Holmes though with a more supernatural angle. It's heavily implied that Jango and Litefoot, along with their friends, are the basis for the characters as they have met Arthur Conan Doyle, with Litefoot likely serving as the primary inspiration for Holmes while Jago is John Watson.
  • Vacation Episode: Series 9 involves Jago & Litefoot going on a cruise.
  • The Watson: Out of the two, Jago serves as this though whenever they interact with the Doctor both are in this role like in Weng-Chiang