The Lonely Clock (4.3)

    Big Finish Jago and Litefoot Series


For this story, we get to see a serious time paradox and Kempston and Hardwick pull out all of the stops to attract the attention of one particular Claudius Dark fellow. And Colin Baker’s character in a big old victorian cape! Sweet. Why it took this sort of “emergency” to pull in Dark, to get him to save Jago, Litefoot, Ellie, and Leela is a bit mysterious. But the cliffhanger proclamation at the end of this story is one of the best I’ve heard in a very, very long time! I knew it was coming but it still gave me goosebumps.

Unfortunately this story has a bit too many twists and turns for me, which is part of the time paradox issue. Winnie is a girl trapped on a train that is looping in 4 minute intervals, with Jago and Litefoot also on board, on the Circle Line. And perhaps with Kempston and Hardwick but it’s difficult to know where they really are at times. Winnie is also a girl who stabbed her cruel lover/fiancé then gets involved with Leela and Ellie at the Red Tavern. She’s been set up by Kempston and Hardwick to lure in Dark and it’s all a rather convoluted plot line, I’m afraid. I followed it up until the last part where Winnie is in two places at once and there seemed to be no resolution to what happens to a girl who is alive twice in the same spot.

Ellie has taken a back seat in these stories, too, which isn’t as fun. And the ending interview is mostly with the author, Matthew Sweet, instead of the cast as a whole and it just isn’t as interesting or fun. And the title isn’t really descriptive either – not sure how it applies. It’s mysterious and odd but just doesn’t fit the 4th series. This story is almost a 4 jelloid tale but it’s just a bit too convoluted.

Christopher Benjamin (HGJ), Trevor Baxter (Prof Litefoot), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie), Louise Jameson (Leela), Colin Baker (Claudius Dark), Victoria Alcock (Winnie O’Connor), Christopher Beeny (Mr. Kempston), Mike Grady (Mr. Hardwick)

Writer: Matthew Sweet

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Release: March 2012

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