Our favorite Victorian detectives, the Paternoster Gang, is back later this month in the fourth and final volume of their Big Finish adventures called The Paternoster Gang: Heritage 4. The three crime-fighting friends will deal with an evil force from the past, a terrifying Christmas present, and will have to infiltrate a mysterious club.
Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey, and Catrin Stewart reprise their roles of Madame Vastra, Strax, and Jenny. The Paternoster Gang was first introduced in The Eleventh Doctor episode A Good Man Goes to War and have been back on several episodes of The Eleventh Doctor era. Their last TV appearance was in Deep Breath, the first episode of season 8.
You can read the synopsis here:
Victorian London harbours many secrets: alien visitors, strange phenomena and unearthly powers.
But a trio of investigators stands ready to delve into such mysteries: the Great Detective, Madame Vastra, her resourceful spouse, Jenny Flint, and their loyal valet, Strax.
If an impossible puzzle needs solving, or a grave injustice needs righting, help can be found on Paternoster Row.
But even heroes can never escape their past…
The box set is directed by Ken Bentley and produced by David Richardson. The fourth volume of the series contains three stories:
“Merry Christmas, Mr Jago” by Paul Morris
As Vastra searches for relics of prehistory, Jenny worries about security, and Strax wants to find a suitable gift for his friend. Henry Gordon Jago has been invited to spend Christmas at Paternoster Row –but when presents are unwrapped, the surprises inside could prove deadly!
“The Ghost Writers” by Roy Gill
While Jenny and Strax investigate sightings of fauns beneath streetlights and mermaids in bath-houses, Madame Vastra is invited into a different mystery. The literary members of the Antediluvian Club have strict criteria for entry, and Miss Edith Renner needs Vastra to access their secrets.
“Rulers of Earth” by Matt Fitton
Ancient forces have risen, Vastra and her friends are lost to each other, and a terrible prophecy is taking shape. A pretender to the throne allies with a force from prehistory, while an unlikely ally searches for the Paternosters. The Gang must face their destiny, as the fate of Earth is decided…
Christopher Benjamin (Doctor Who, Inferno) reprises his as Henry Gordon Jago, from The Fourth Doctor episode “The Talons of Weng Chiang” and said:
Henry is a fun, enjoyable character who I have loved playing. At first, I worried about playing him without Litefoot as the two are so intertwined – but being able to separate him from his partner in crime did mean I had a chance to delve deeper into his character, which was great. This is comedy drama at its best.
Actor Dan Starkey added:
The Paternoster Gang work so well together because they are a team with skillsets that complete each other; Vastra is a great detective, Jenny is a spy with martial arts skills, Strax is a formidable military man, and all three are adventurous. They gel together personality-wise – and, behind the scenes, Neve, Catrin and myself do too, which is why we always have fun recording these stories!
The Paternoster Gang: Heritage 4 is currently available on pre-order as a box set or download from the Big Finish website and is set to release later this month. Listeners also save money by ordering a bundle with the four volumes of The Paternoster Gang.