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4.0 out of 5 stars Shadowy Goings On In Shanghai, 10 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Shadow of Weng-chiang (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
This is a excellent novel by David A.McIntee & at 256 pages long is just the write length for this intriguing Fourth Doctor & Romana adventure.

The Fourth Doctor & Romana while searching for the 4th segment of The Key To Time land in 1930's Shanghai in the Tardis which seemingly is on the brink of war.

The two time travellers encounter strange sinister forces in opium dens & illegal clubs in the back street's of Shanghai were fate will lead the Doctor & Romana to an encounter with the Daughter of Li H'sen Chaing & an old murderous acquaintance in the form of the vile Mr Sin.

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This i a great novel & worthy follow up to the tv story The Talons Of Weng Chiang this time the Fourth Doctor with Companion Romana encounter Li H'sen Chaing daughter & how her late father's past dealings with Magnus Greel have taken there toll on Chaings daughter over the year's.

This novel delves into Magnus Greels past activities & sets up a impending Japanese threat & the presence of a second World War to be on the horizon.

David A.McIntee certainly captures the tone of the late 1970's Doctor Who & nails the characteristics of Tom Bakers Fourth Doctor extremely well although Romana I thought came off a little short changed in this novel.

Having Mr Sin reappear is a great addition to the story & he is the only original character to feature from the tv adventure The Talons Of Weng Chiang.

This is a solid well written & paced adventure throughout that delivers a enjoyable yarn & is one of the better Doctor Who novels from the missing range I've read in awhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel, 22 Jan 1999
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My first thought on buying this book was "how could anyone write a sequel to the classic Talons of Weng Chiang?" It may sound cliched but I was pleasantly surprised. David McIntee has written a novel which captures the fun of the late 70s Dr Who stories, combined it with a cracking good yarn and produced a worthy follow-up to the original Tom Baker story. This has to be McIntee's best book yet and must rank as one of the best novels inspired by the TV series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The legacy of Magnus Greel, 7 Feb 2013
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Quite a fun and enjoyable read but if you're looking for a rematch between the Doctor and Magnus Greel/Weng-Chiang you will be disappointed. As the title (and indeed the forward) suggests this is not a direct sequel. Instead it is concerned with the effects of Greel's previous activities. Concentrating on the activities of Li H'sen Chang's daughter the novel is centralised on how her father's involvement with Greel has affected her both physically and mentally many decades later.

There is no Magnus Greel, Li H'sen Chang, Jago or Litefoot. Instead the author provides a variety Chinese police and mobsters which are all quite developed and individual. Concerned with various machinations between these and the looming Japanese threat, the author creates a very believable impression of China leading up to the Second World War. The seriousness of these characters and their situation contrasts well with the more flippant nature of the Fourth Doctor. It is clear the Doctor is enjoying himself and although the characterisation of him isn't quite right occasionally some of Tom Baker's individuality is captured well. Romana, however, is a bit off but perhaps this is because she doesn't really have a great deal to do.

Sin is the only other character from `The Talons of Weng-Chiang' other than the Doctor to be featured in this novel. Even though his inclusion is a bit of fun to start with it doesn't progress any further and the mindless knife wielding gets a little repetitive. Then again there is not much you can do with such a limited character. It does seem he was included for the sake of it.

This is a novel that looks as if a fair bit of research went into producing it. The plot is a little ropey on occasion but the text is well written and the portrayal of this period of Chinese history feels quite authentic and atmospheric.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sin City, 2 Jan 2011
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I have to say that I don't entirely agree with the previous reviewer about the quality of this 'Missing Adventure'. It isn't a sequel as such; as the cover shows it features a return of the murderous Mr Sin, but apart from the appearance of the Peking Homunculus Sin, and the other main villain being original baddie Li H'Sen Chang's daughter, there are very few links between this and the 1977 television serial Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang.
As for the story itself, it's pretty generic stuff, and a surfeit of characters with Chinese names makes it reasonably hard to keep up with what's going on. However, what really killed my pig was the portrayal of Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor; constantly making references to modern TV and film icons such as Bruce Lee and Chow Yun Fat, he comes across as a proto-David Tennant; part of the Fourth Doctor's appeal was his mystique and 'alien-ness', this simply reduces him to an ordinary human-like hero. This aside though, it's solid and reasonably entertaining stuff, and kept me interested to the end.
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