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The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Four 

Having rescued Leela from the jaws of the giant vicious rat, she & the Doctor dress up and attend Chang's show at the palace, but end up as part of the act. At home, Litefoot tries to protect the time cabinet.

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The Doctor rescues Leela from the giant rat in the sewer and he realizes that Weng-Chiang does not have the molecular key to open Professor Litefoot's cabinet. The Doctor and Leela go to the theater to take in Li H'Sen Chang's magic show and the Doctor becomes part of Chang's act. Someone dies in the process. Written by garykmcd

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This episode was watched by 11.4 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Doctor Who: If his DNA helyx is split open, the more cells he absorbs into himself; the more deformed he becomes.
Leela: You mean he's like a water bag with a hole in the bottom and the hole is getting bigger?
Doctor Who: Yes.
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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

Review of all 6 episodes:

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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