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The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part Six 

The real face of Weng-Chiang is revealed as the Doctor, Leela, Jago and Litefoot face their final battle, against both Magnus Greel and a trigger-happy Mr Sin.

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Weng-Chiang confronts the Doctor who refuses to give him the molecular key unless Jago and Professor Litefoot are freed. They return to Weng-Chiang's lair where an exchange is made and Weng-Chiang confirms that the time travel cabinet is still in working order. As the Chinese time traveler tries to make his escape, the Doctor and the others must face Mr. Sin and the power of the dragon. Written by garykmcd

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"Weng-Chiang" was originally going to be the Master, following on from The Deadly Assassin, but Philip Hinchcliffe had this changed as he didn't want to have the Master revealed as the secret villain again. Robert Holmes agreed that using him once that season was enough. There are several clues in the story that still point to the original plan: the time cabinet ("read 'TARDIS'") and Greel referring to Leela as "the first morsel to feed my regeneration". See more »

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The Doctor mistakenly states that 'The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God' was written by Harry Champion in 1920. The poem, by J. Milton Hayes, was first published in 1911. See more »

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Doctor Who: Never trust a man with dirty fingernails.
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Featured in The Lively Arts: Whose Dr. Who (1977) See more »

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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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