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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Talons Of Weng Chiang  [DVD]  (DVD)
This is my favourite and possibly the best Who DVD to date. This is a complete example of everything hitting form at the same time producing not only a good solid romp but a Tom Baker classic. The story is set in Victorian age London and has everything you could possibly want in pea soup fog, chinese gangs lurking in the darkness, theatre halls and a scary mystery villain. Tom Baker is at his best here with one liners aplenty (my personal favourite involves a trumpet and a bowl of fish) and rotating between gogle eyed enjoyment and deep seriousness. Louise Jameson (Leela) also gets an opportunity to act as she is placed in a dress and learning the customs of the age as opposed to creeping around in animal skins. The writer (Robert Holmes at the top of his game) also puts in a classic double act in the form of Jago and Litefoot. Without doubt this is an ideal story to enjoy with lines that are bankers to get a laugh when quoted down the pub.
As for the special features, my favourite of any Who DVD is 25 min behind the scenes footage which makes you feel like you are there trying to wrap up before home time. Also worth the time is an interview with the producer in 1977 and a documentry 'Whose Doctor Who?' from the same year. I always look forward to the commentary and this one is amongst the best as they give annecdote after annecdote as well as a few laughs, its a tad crowded with the 5 of them however its a small gripe.
To some up a fantastic DVD (maybe the best Who DVD) and a good gift for anybody.