Verbose theatre owner, Henry Gordon Jago, and respectable medical examiner, Professor Litefoot, were introduced in my favorite Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), written by the great Robert Holmes.
The story, set in late Victorian London, has blatant nods to Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom of the Opera and Sax Rohmer’s Fu-Manchu. It’s also peppered with references or allusions to the Ripper killings, Charles Dickens’ tales, Shaw’s Pygmalion and Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest.
Even when I saw this episode as a pup I was struck by the chemistry between Jago & Litefoot.
Henry Gordon Jago:
Professor George Litefoot:
The daring pair have since starred in a series of Big Finish produced audio adventures:
The Mahogany Murders (2009) writer: Andy Lane
The Bloodless Soldier (2010) writer: Justin Richards
The Bellova Devil (2010) writer Alan Barnes
The Spirit Trap (2010) writer: John Morris
The Similarity Engine (2010) Andy Lane
The Bloodless Soldier, The Bellova Devil, The Spirit Trap and The Similarity Engine are all gathered together in the Jago & Litefoot Series One boxset:
Litefoot and Sanders (2011) writer: Justin Richrards
The Necropolis Express (2011) writer: Mark Morris
The Theatre of Dreams (2011) writer: Jonathan Morris
The Ruthven Inheritance (2011) writer: Andy Lane
This story is notable for the return of Louise Jameson in the role of Doctor Who Companion Leela.
Litefoot and Sanders, The Necropolis Express, The Theatre of Dreams and The Ruthven Inheritance have been gathered together in the Jago & Litefoot Series Two boxset:
Dead Men’s Tales (2011) writer: Justin Richards
The Man at the End of the Garden (2011) writer: Matthew Sweet
(Features a guest appearance by Nikola Tesla!)
Dead Men’s Tales, The Man at the End of the Garden, Swan Song and Chronoclasm have been assembled into the Jago & Litefoot Series Three boxset:
Jago in Love (2012) writer: Nigel Fairs
Beautiful Things (2012) writer: John Dorney
The Lonely Clock (2012) writer: Matthew Sweet
The Hourglass Killers (2012) writer:
Jago in Love, Beautiful Things, The Lonely Clock and The Hourglass Killers are now compiled into the Jago & Litefoot Series Four boxset
A fifth series is in the works…
Andy Lane had previously written another adventure for Jago & Litefoot:
A Victorian Interlude (1991) a short story that appeared in Doctor Who Magazine
I can’t mention The Talons of Weng-Chiang without discussing Deep Roy, the Kenyan born actor who performed the role of Mr Sin (aka The Peking Humuculus) in the serial.
Chances are most people would recognize Mr Roy from his work as the Oompa-Loompas in Time Burton’s 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Additionally during his career Deep has appeared in Flash Gordon (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983) and The NeverEnding Story (1984). But it’s one of his most recent rolls, as Keenser in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, that I think is worthy of special note.
For this simple reason:
thanks to his rolls as Mr Sin and Keenser I am fairly certain that Deep Roy is the only actor who can claim to have been handled by both Doctor Who AND Captain Kirk!
As Mr Sin
As Keenser (steampunks: please note goggles!)
And finally as Teensy-Weensy from The NeverEnding Story, because… well GREAT OUTFIT!