Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 25

The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Five (26 Mar. 1977)

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Weng-Chiang has stolen the time cabinet from Litefoot's house, so the Doctor and Leela go to try and stop him from using it. They find an opium-drugged Chang. Jago teams up with Litefoot for their own investigation.

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Weng-Chiang has stolen Professor Litefoot's cabinet but is not pleased when his men leave the key behind and later cannot find it. Leela and the Doctor go off to find the missing key while Jago and the professor follow Weng-Chiang's men and find themselves in the den of the scorpion. Written by garykmcd

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The double-act of Jago and Litefoot worked so well that the BBC considered giving them a spinoff series. See more »

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A boom mic is visible when Weng-Chiang strangles Jago. See more »

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Leela: Doctor, what is the Peking...
Doctor Who: Homunculus.
Leela: Homunculus.
Doctor Who: It was made in Peking for the Commissioner of the Icelandic Alliance. It was in the ice age about the year 5000.
Professor Litefoot: Preposterous.
Leela: Shh. Go on, Doctor.
Doctor Who: Peking Homunculus was a... was a toy. A plaything for the Commissioner's children. It contained a series of magnetic fields operating on a printed circuit and a small computer. It had one organic component - the cerebral cortex of a pig. Anyway, something went wrong. It almost caused World War Six...
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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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