Thursday, July 11, 2019


Keeping with this week’s theme of ‘Endeavour’-“Deguello” 
centered posts, since it’s Thursday, we usually have a theory of “relateeveety.  And this episode concluded the plotline of a good candidate for such a theory.

Normally I would have saved this post for next New Year’s Day when I run my annual “Who’s On First?” blogathon.  But since this is a week for “Deguello” posts, I’m going to run it now.

From Wikipedia:
Henry Gordon Jago is a character who appeared in the 1977 ‘Doctor Who’ television serial, “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”. He was played by Christopher Benjamin. He worked so well with Trevor Baxter's character, Professor George Litefoot, the production team briefly considered giving them their own spin-off series. In 2009 they reprised their roles for the Big Finish Productions audio drama, “The Mahogany Murderers”. This led to their own audio series, ‘Jago & Litefoot’.

In Victorian London, Henry Gordon Jago was the owner and Master of Ceremonies at The Palace Theatre, a position he held for over thirty years. Jago was a charismatic character, comically cowardly, categorically crowing, constantly cash crunched and always adept at ample amounts of aureate alliteration. In 1889, Jago employed a Chinese illusionist named Li H'sen Chang, who often used a ventriloquist dummy called Mr. Sin.

Chang was actually serving a fugitive tyrant from the 51st Century named Magnus Greel and Mr. Sin was psychopathic pig cyborg. With Sino assassins on the streets and women whisked away at whim, the theatre attracted the astute attention of the Fourth Doctor and his assistant Leela.

It was while defeating these dastardly deliverers of deviltry, that Jago met upper class pathologist, Professor George Litefoot. The two remained close friends ever since, occasionally solving mysteries, including an adventure involving an anteater and an aluminum violin.  

(That last sentence refers to their adventures in the audioverse and perhaps in BookWorld, so they are not officially part of Toobworld.  I just liked the images brought up by those two adventures.)

For this theory of relateeveety, Toobworld Central assuming that in those thirty years in which he had been operating the Palace Theatre, Mr. Jago probably was married.  However, he doesn't seem the type of fellow who could remain locked into wedded bliss for very long.

But if so, there could have been issue.  At least one son, I would imagine; and that son would have a family of own, carrying the family name of Jago into the 20th Century.

Eventually this would have led to Detective Sergeant Alan Jago of the Thames Valley Constabulary.

All of the bad traits in Henry Gordon Jago, which were merely comical faults, would have been dialed up to eleven with Alan Jago.  He was a murderer, a black marketeer, a drug dealer, a traitor to the force, and all-around scumbag.

Just as in real life, the good of Toobworldlings doesn’t usually get passed down through the generations…..


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