In Victorian London, the Doctor and Leela are on their way to a performance by Chinese magician Li H'Sen Chiang when they come across a gang carrying away a body. At the police station, they learn that young girls have been going missing. They also meet the magician who has come to free one of his men. The man bears a tattoo of the a black scorpion, one of the greatest criminal organizations of all time. When the Doctor finds a tuft of rat hair on the dead man, he and Leela explore the sewers. At the theater, the doorman Casey and the manager Jago see what is going on in the cellar. Written by
Did You Know?
This serial began as a story idea commissioned from Robert Banks Stewart
called "The Foe from the Future", but he was unable to continue with it due to other commitments. See more
Though they tried to cover them up with white tape, the mortuary where the Doctor meets the Professor has a couple of power-points on the white tiled wall. See more
Got it! Li H'sen Chang!
Li H'sen Chang
The master of magic and mesmerism. Show us a trick.
[a nearby man dies, suddenly and violently
Referenced in Sherlock: The Empty Hearse