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Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang (A longbow book) Hardcover – 5 Dec 1977

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  • Hardcover: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Wingate (5 Dec. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085523170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0855231705
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,779,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This audio version of the Target novel of the original TV series is read with verve by Christopher Benjamin" (Sue Davies http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Christopher Benjamin reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The Talons of Weng Chiang is an irresistible mix of Victorian melodrama from the pen of Robert Holmes. Sherlock Holmes, the legend of Jack The Ripper, The Phantom of the Opera and Fu Manchu are some of the texts that he freely plunders in order to create this heady brew. Terrance Dicks adapted Holmes' story for Target books in 1977. Dicks sticks quite closely to the original, adding a few lines here and there, but in the main it's a faithful adaptation.

As the Doctor and Leela arrive in late Victorian London, they are confronted with several mysteries. Women are disappearing from the streets, mutilated bodies are being washed up in the Thames and in the sewers of London lurk hideous creatures ....

What connects these seemingly random events with the Palace Theatre and the magician Li H'sen Chang? And who is the disfigured self-proclaimed god that Chang worships?

The best way to experience this story is via DVD, and it can be found as part of Doctor Who: Revisitations Set 1 . Transferring this colourful yarn to paper, and then onto audio, it does lose a little something. But it's still a very enjoyable listen, because of the high quality of the original scripts.

Christopher Benjamin, who played Henry Gordon Jago in the story, is the reader. He has a deep, rich voice and does a good job. The only negative point is that there's a few too many sound effects for my liking. If we're told that Chang opens his magic cabinet, there's no need to add a squeak, and clumping footsteps and other superfluous sfx don't add to the atmosphere, rather they detract from the reading.

But this is still an enjoyable audiobook of a 24-carat Doctor Who classic.
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Whilst the reading is full of energy and the story one of the all time classics of the series, the novelisation of Talons is compared to many others in the series somewhat lightweight. Coming at the end of the Terrance Dicks golden age and just before the start of the churn-em-out-once-a-month cycles, Talons is merely a conversion of the script to prose and unlike his early works, the author does little to embellish the thoughts and motivations of the characters. Its very much a to z.

An enjoyable way to pass a few hours but not the best nor he worst of the audio range.
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I bought the Jago and Litefoot series without realising that they were originally in this Dr Who episode. The Talons of Weng Chiang is when they first meet up. Having listened to the Jago and Litefoot series first I then decided to purchase the cd Talons of Weng Chiang. It is a cracking story with lots of spooky and gory bits. Not finished it yet but I am savouring the finale when the ultra bad guy, hopefully, gets his just desserts.
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