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Doctor Who: The Talons Of Weng-Chiang [VHS]


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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
  • Directors: David Maloney
  • Format: HiFi Sound, PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Nov 1988
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008T67M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela arrive in Victorian London to find that galactic war criminal Magnus Greel has created giant rats in the sewers and is sucking the life essence from young girls to sustain him in his search for his Time cabinet. Aided by Professor Litefoot and music hall proprietor Henry Jago, the Doctor must stop Greel (masquerading as the Chinese god Weng Chiang) and his servants Li H'sen Chang and killer doll Mr Sin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 18 May 2009
Well as a fan I'm bound to be generous, but despite a few (obvious) flaws - yes we won't talk about the rat - this is a mint example of classic 70s Doctor Who. Those who grew up with Pertwee, Troughton, Hartnell, Davison or even Sylvester McCoy (sorry Colin) will no doubt argue that theirs was the golden era of Doctor Who; however in terms of scripts, characterisations and cast, this really was the show's best period. Baker is clearly having a ball in deerstalker and cape, as he investigates the mysterious death of a young serving girl in Victorian London, while the fog billows and eerie cries escape from the gloomy Thames. From these atmospheric opening scenes, to the superb double-act of theatre impresario Henry Jago and Police pathologist Professor Lightfoot; Robert Holmes' script fair crackles with energy and wit. Sinister Oriental magicians, opium dens, The Doctor's `savage' travelling companion Leela in a dress; there is so much going on here it's brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard A. Drew on 28 April 2003
Probably the best of the Tom Baker/Louise Jameson pairings. A wonderfully dark Victorian London, with fun Sherlock Holmes pastiches interwoven with a very dark plot. The theatre makes a superb setting, and at times this is genuinely scary (okay forget the scene with the rat...).
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Even though Tom Baker still had another 4 years left as the doctor, I pesonally don't think his stories were not as great after this all time classic and the stories did go a bit pearshaped, especially Baker's last season in 1980 - 81. However I really do like Baker's underrated story "The androids of Tara" 1978 and "The city of death" 1979, which is considered as a classic. "The Talons of Weng Chiang" was the final story from the 14th season and what I really like about this 6 part story are the gloomy 19th centery victorian settings, which makes the story look like a hammer horror. Also Tom Baker and Louise Jameson have a great acting chemistry together. Also 6 parts was just right for this story because a lot of things happen in the story and if it was a four part story it probably wouldn't have been as good, which Tom Baker's other classic 6 part stories "Genesis of the daleks" and "The seeds of doom" are brilliantly well written. Also Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter are very good fun to watch as Jago and Litefoot. But I wasn't too keen on John Bennett's performance as the evil Chang, which I don't understand why they didn't have an oriental actor playing him. Overall this is a must see "Doctor who" story and if you are a fan of the series then this is well worth watching.
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Admin spot on and a gripping tale to boot
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