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4.0 out of 5 stars A foe from the future, 31 Dec 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang (Classic Novels) (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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Initial post: 1 Jan 2013 04:25:54 GMT
Pablo Leone says:
great review,thanks,this is my favourite dr.who episode of them all.i was bit sceptical of buying the audio book as the film was so good!but i found it enjoyable,and certainly worth a listen.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2013 11:23:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2013 11:25:47 GMT
Yes, the TV version is pretty much unbeatable, and for me the best Doctor Who story of all time. But the Audiobook has its charms, not least that the giant rat sounds better on audio than it looked on television :o)

Posted on 10 Oct 2013 15:42:27 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Although you cant beat the televised story even with the awful rat, This is a enjoyable review of a classic story.
I'm surprised at the lack of Big Finish audios as i thought being a fan would appeal to your interest.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2013 18:21:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Oct 2013 15:07:24 BDT
Regarding the BF's - someone's just lent me Litefoot & Jago series 5, so I might pop a review up for that when I've finished it.

I did buy BF's main Who range and some of the spin-offs quite regularly years ago, but there's just too much of it to keep up, and I've never felt inclined to dip in and out.

Some of their non-Who stuff that's coming up - such as The Avengers and Survivors looks enticing though, and that might tempt me back into the fold.
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