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"Doctor Who" The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part One (1977)

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Doctor Who: Season 14: Episode 21 -- The Doctor and LeelaÂ’s investigation into the existence of giant rats leads them to a war criminal who needs to feed on the life force of others until he can retrieve his time cabinet and return home.


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Original Air Date:
26 February 1977 (Season 14, Episode 21)
The Doctor and Leela land in Victorian London, and find themselves in the middle of missing girls, mutilated bodies, and vicious Chinese gangs. The Palace theater, presenting hypnotist Li H'sen Chang seems to be at the center of it all. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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a little absurd, a little too long (six parts!), but a cool atmosphere and a giant rat! See more (6 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Baker ... Doctor Who

Louise Jameson ... Leela
John Bennett ... Li H'sen Chang
Christopher Benjamin ... Jago
Chris Gannon ... Casey
Trevor Baxter ... Professor Litefoot

Deep Roy ... Mr. Sin
David McKail ... Sergeant Kyle
Conrad Asquith ... P.C. Quick
Alan Butler ... Buller
Patsy Smart ... Ghoul
Tony Then ... Lee
John Wu ... Coolie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Adey-Grey ... Theatre Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Lisa Bergmayr ... Riverside Ghouls (uncredited)
Jim Delaney ... Station Policeman (uncredited)
James Haswell ... Beat Policeman (uncredited)
Arnold Lee ... Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Bernard Price ... (uncredited)
Richard Sheekey ... Beat Policeman (uncredited)
Kevin Sullivan ... Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Colin Thomas ... Station Policeman (uncredited)
Vincent Wong ... Ho (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Maloney 
Writing credits
Robert Holmes (by)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Philip Hinchcliffe .... producer
Film Editing by
David Lee 
Production Design by
Roger Murray-Leach 
Costume Design by
John Bloomfield 
Makeup Department
Heather Stewart .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher D'Oyly John .... production unit manager (as Chris D'Oyly-John)
Sound Department
John Gatland .... film recordist
Clive Gifford .... studio sound
Vic Godrich .... o.b. sound
Dick Mills .... special sound
Visual Effects by
Michealjohn Harris .... visual effects designer
Bernard Lodge .... title sequence
Stuart Fell .... fight arranger
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Hamilton .... film cameraman
Mike Jefferies .... studio lighting
John Mason .... o.b. lighting
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: title music
Dudley Simpson .... composer: incidental music
Other crew
Ros Anderson .... production assistant
Linda Graeme .... assistant floor manager (uncredited)
Philip Hinchcliffe .... showrunner (uncredited)
Robert Holmes .... script editor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

According to an interview with Deep Roy, Johnny Depp frequently calls this his all-time favorite serial in Doctor Who.See more »
Continuity: Four men are seen carrying Buller's body, but five run away when the policeman blows his whistle.See more »
Leela:Doctor You make me wear strange clothes, You tell me nothing! You Are trying to annoy me!
The Doctor:I'm trying to teach You Leela.
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a little absurd, a little too long (six parts!), but a cool atmosphere and a giant rat!, 4 June 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

A really cool episode of Doctor Who is the Talons of Weng-Chiang, where the good doctor and his lady Leela come to 19th century Victorian London, and there's a big plot involving a 51st century Chinese "Lord" who's trying to get a device together so that he won't die off (he already wears a chintzy black mask). It is, par for the course of a Doctor Who mystery, a bit more convoluted than maybe necessary, but that's part of the fun in figuring out what will happen next. There's a lot of servant-and-master stuff between "Chinese" magician (in quotes as it's really a white guy in make-up, probably a savage joke at old stereotypes) played by Christopher Benjamin, and some solid, very 'British' dialog between some supporting characters, and a little guy in a mask (played, I think, by the amazing Deep Roy) and a giant, Rodan-esquire rat! Overall the episode might be a little sluggish in parts, but for the most part it's as close to a classic as fans can hope for. Especially with Tom Baker at the helm, who makes the doctor a bad-ass sort of in the tradition of a Jack Sparrow character (almost without trying, and by luck, he gets his way against those against him), and is of course very funny beneath the seriousness of the story. And, by the way, there's magic! And some cool twists like someone you didn't expect in that box stuffed with swords!

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