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The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Two 

After escaping from the vicious giant rat in the sewers, the Doctor & Leela team up with Litefoot. Chang, Mr Sin and Weng-Chiang go in search of the time cabinet, while the Doctor and Jago go in search of Chiang's lair.

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It becomes more and more evident that the Palace Theatre, where Chang runs his magic act, is at the heart of the missing girls mystery, of murder, and of genetic disruptions. While Chang and the Tongs edge closer to the end of their master's long search through London, the Doctor discovers an elusive yet dangerous phantom skulking about the concert hall. Written by statmanjeff

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Professor Litefoot: Forgive us, ma'am.
Leela: What for?
Professor Litefoot: For being so indelicate around a lady of refinement.
Leela: Does he mean me?
Professor Litefoot: I don't think so.
Leela: It's very interesting. You say you can tell the height of the attacker by the way the blade was thrust.
Professor Litefoot: Mm-hm.
Leela: But when aiming for the heart, we were always taught to strike under the breast bone.
Professor Litefoot: Upon my soul!
Doctor Who: Savage. Found floating down the Amazon in a hatbox.
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Incredible and atmospheric adventure in Victorian London - one of the greats!
10 December 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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The Doctor and Leela arrive in the 'pea-soup' thick fog of Victorian London and the perfectly realised atmosphere of that period with echoes of Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes makes this one of the great adventures.

Girls have been going missing in the squalid streets around a theatre run by Henry Gordon Jago. Chinese performer Li H'sen Chang and his creepy dummy Mr. Sin are secretly serving Weng-Chiang, considered to be an ancient Chinese God. The Doctor and Leela team up with Professor Litefoot, a pathologist, and try to solve the mystery and stop Weng-Chiang from getting his hands on an item in Litefoot's possession which has powers unknown to its owner and dangerous to them all.

As well as capturing the Victorian setting perfectly there is a host of colourful and truly inspired characters all acted magnificently well. Jago, Litefooot, Chang, Weng-Chiang, Casey and even all of the small cameo parts are extraordinarily good. The dialogue throughout is also terrific and every aspect of the production and the exciting story is of the highest standard with the exception of the giant rats which guard the sewer. These rats are poorly realised and if this story was re-released with new computer generated effects re- creating the rats it would stop this one distraction from an otherwise near flawless production.

The horror and thrills of this story are simply superb and although perhaps a couple of scenes are slightly imperfect, due to limitations of the time, this whole story is sheer magic from start to finish and one of the all-time greats.


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