Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 23

The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Three (12 Mar. 1977)

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Leela follows Chang in order to find Greel's hideout while the Doctor and Litefoot set about finding her.

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Escaping Mr Sin's attack, Leela follows him & Chang back to their lair under the Palace theater, the Doctor and Litefoot in hot pursuit. After attacking Weng-Chiang, she finds herself back in the sewer being chased by the vicious giant rat. Written by Anonymous

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Recording in the sewer sets proved problematic, as imperfect waterproofing resulted in severe leaking through the studio floor onto The BBC switchboard. These sequences were also difficult for Louise Jameson, who was suffering from glandular fever. Not only did she have to contend with thrashing about in the water, but she discovered that the undergarments which made up her costume became partly transparent when damp. See more »

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A headline on the newspaper lining Litefoot's linen basket mentions Denis Healey, who was Chancellor when the episode was filmed, some 90 years after it was set. See more »

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Professor Litefoot: Haven't you slept?
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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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