Today - on the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who - The Talons of Weng-Chiang episode one, there's news of new Doctor Who releases for March and April, as Jago & Litefoot encounter an old friend with a new face...
As confirmed in today's Big Finish Podcast, March and April's Doctor Who - Short Trips feature two readers for the first time, as Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin bring Jago & Litefoot to the Club For Curious Scientific Men to give a lecture on a recent adventure they've had; eerie and energetic events which include meeting a familiar Time Lord friend in an unfamiliar form...
Doctor Who - Short Trips: The Jago & Litefoot Revival (Acts 1 and 2) is directed by Lisa Bowerman and written by Jonathan Barnes:
Act One: Tonight's lecture to the Club For Curious Scientific Men will be given by Professor George Litefoot, pathologist - assisted by his esteemed colleague Mr Henry Gordon Jago, theatrical impressario - who will recount a sequence of outlandish events in London and Greece, ruminate upon the nature of good fortune (or rather its absence), and provide a surprising account of a mercurial old friend. The lecture starts at 7:30 and will include an interval.
Act Two: Fresh from another superlative season on the boards at the New Regency, we are this evening elated to welcome that master of melodrama, that sultan of story, that king of the cliffhanger Mr Henry Gordon Jago. Tonight, in his usual matchless and majestic manner, he will continue and conclude our captivating chronicle of fortune, change and revivification, with the indispensable assistance of that peerless pathologist, Professor George Litefoot.
Comments producer Ian Atkins, "Who doesn't adore Robert Holmes' wonderful Talons of Weng-Chiang double-act? With the 40th anniversary of their meeting on TV coming up in late March, I'd wanted to mark it with a special Short Trip, which thanks to the support of David Richardson, Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery became a two-parter and a two-hander - both unique in the series' run. Christopher and Trevor loved Jonathan Barnes' script, and brought their warmth and humour to it - plus their research, courtesy of some new series Doctor Who DVDs!"
The 2017 Short Trips schedule has been adjusted to accomodate these two new stories, with Doctor Who - How To Win Planets And Influence People moving to June, and Doctor Who - Flashpoint moving to July (see below for a new trailer).
"I'm always reluctant to move any story once it's announced and I hope fans will forgive me," says Ian, "But for a long time we didn't think we'd get into studio with The Jago & Litefoot Revival in time, and then it suddenly all happened - and it would have been a sin to miss marking the anniversary itself when we had the chance.
Doctor Who - The Jago & Litefoot Revival (Act One) will be released late March, with Act Two in April, each available for £2.99. You can Subscribe to all 12 of this or next year's Doctor Who - Short Trips for just £30, with bundles of both 2016 and 2015 each available at the same price.
And there's also a little news for 2018's run of stories,with Simon A Forward's Sixth Doctor and Mel TARDIS fairy story Mel-evolent now confirmed for February, read by Bonnie Langford.