Saturday, 8 August 2015

Doctor Who: Strax To Guest Star In Big Finish Spinoff

Recurring Doctor Who character Strax will be taking a short break from the Paternoster Gang later this year to team up with Victorian investigators Jago and Litefoot for a new audio special from Big Finish.

The announcement of Strax's audio debut comes hot on the heels of those for fellow Doctor Who New Series characters River Song, UNIT's Kate Stewart and Osgood and Torchwood's Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones, who have all been confirmed as joining Big Finish for their own audio stories.

Below are the details for the special two-disc release, Jago & Litefoot & Strax - The Haunting:
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...
The characters of Jago and Litefoot, played by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, were created by Robert Holmes and first appeared opposite Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in The Talons of Weng-Chiang in 1977. The pair have since featured in their own highly popular spinoff series for Big Finish, with Series 10 now available to pre-order ahead of its October 2015 release.

Producer David Richardson said:
“It’s a testament to the great Robert Holmes and these two wonderful actors that Jago and Litefoot remain so eternally popular, and it’s such a joy to have them set foot in the world of current TV Doctor Who as they join forces with Strax for a special investigation.

“Justin Richards’ script is superb, packed with excitement and wit, and it’s so fun to see the mis-matched duo of Jago and Litefoot become a mis-matched trio!”
Dan Starkey, who has portrayed Strax since 2011's A Good Man Goes To War, said:
"The Talons of Weng-Chiang was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories growing up, first in its form as a Target novelisation and then in the prized VHS I got for Christmas 1988. Spool forward nearly 30 years, and I've been lucky enough to encounter Jago and Litefoot in their audio incarnation already, with my turn as Mr. Tibbs in Series Nine.

"Now it's a joy to bring Strax face to face with the characters who in many ways defined how Doctor Who "does" Victorian London. I hope the sonic thaumaturgy of those clever coves at Big Finish will excite the ears and invigorate the imagination, as Henry Gordon Jago might have put it!"
Jago & Litefoot & Strax will be released as a two-disc special in November 2015, and is now available for pre-order. The special will be launched at the UK leg of the Doctor Who Festival, which will take place at The ExCel in London on the 13th, 14th and 15th November 2015.

Are you looking forward to Strax's Big Finish debut? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: Big Finish]