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

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TV Series:
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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 (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
Michael John Harris .... visual effects designer (as Michealjohn Harris)
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:
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Did You Know?

On the DVD release the subtitles incorrectly show the phrase "Time agent" as being "Time ancient".See more »
Errors in geography: When Leela is attacked, the words "Clink Wharf" can be seen painted on a warehouse door. Clink wharf was on the other side of the Thames to the Palace theatre.See more »
Jago:Have I ever, in my thirty years in the halls, seen such a dazzling display of lustrous legerdemain, so many feats of superlative, supernatural skill? The answer must be never, sir, never!See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Magic, 12 March 2007
Author: a_l_i_e_n from Canada

A fully loaded 1977 "Doctor Who" classic featuring:

-The Doctor strolling through shadowy London streets wearing a Sherlock Holmes-inspired deerstalker cap.

-Leela out of her animal skin dress but still ready to rumble in ankle length Victorian-era garb.

-Also on board: a sinister magician in the service of his Phantom of the Opera-like master.

-Young wenches drained of their life energy to prolong the existence of a twisted time traveling scientist.

-A ventriloquist dummy that's actually a deadly organic/robotic hybrid (played by Deep Roy from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" no less).

-GIANT KILLER RATS! Okay, maybe not very convincing ones. But still, Giant Killer Rats prowling through the sewers.

-A huge sculpted dragon (quite impressive in scale considering the limited budget) that shoots death rays from it's eyes,

-and all these elements revolving around the search for a crystal key that opens another TARDIS-like time travel conveyance.

-The absurdly over-played Weng-Chiang aside, this one features terrific performances. Of particular note is the chemistry between the supporting characters Mr. Jago and Prof. Lightfoot.

"Talons.." is a "Doctor Who" episode that neither time nor dated effects can diminish the enjoyment of.

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