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5.0 out of 5 stars This one's got claws, 18 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Talons Of Weng-Chiang [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story From Baker's Last Classic Season, 16 Nov. 2013
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Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice "RR" (sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Talons Of Weng-Chiang [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Saturday Evening TV was this good., 28 April 2003
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Mr. Richard A. Drew (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Chop suey sales would slump after people seeing Magnus`s face, 6 Jun. 2014
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Admin spot on and a gripping tale to boot
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