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The Best Ever Dr Who Adventure?
on 6 November 2013
If you had to force a Dr Who Fan to choose the best five adventures ever then The Talons of Weng-Chiang would be in the top five.
For many Talons of Weng Chiang is the best ever I would agree it was excellent and stays in the mind long after others have faded..
Why is this so good?
It really is a combinations of factors that all come together to make the whole.
Firstly Tom Baker- for many he is the best Doctor but in Talons of Weng Chiang he really excels. His humour, comic timing and mannerisms are spot on. Jokes come thick and fast my favourite has to be when he dodges an axe thrown by an assassin, turns and asks "Are you trying to attract my attention?"
Baker plays the parody up to the hilt well right up to his Sherlock Holmes like Deerstalker hat and cane.
His companion Leela- the delightful Louise Jameson sheds her skins- literally and wears a strange Victorian Garb knickerbockers that enable her to kick, gouge and poleaxes her assailants with ease. Her questions about London really bring the strangeness of London to the fore.
The script writer is excellent and has written the finest script of a whole series.
The setting Victorian London all `Pea Soup Smog's' and river mists. The Bobbies on the Beat whistle calls and the Victorian Music Hall.
Disappearing ladies ala Jack the Ripper. Add to this the terror of the Chinese Tongs thugs all tattooed with the Black Scorpion led by a Chinese John Bennett as the villainous Li H'sen Chang (last seen by the Doctor in China over 400 years ago).
And wait for it... a vent doll that really is an animatronics with the heart of pig and the malevolent danger of a crack addict that enjoys murdering his victims together with a Giant Rat and a Time Traveling War Criminal from the 52nd Century Magnus Greel behind it all.
If that's not enough the support cast is magnificent- believable policemen that look as good as TVs Ripper Street and the magnificent double act of Henry Jago, a Victorian Theatre Manager with just enough Bravado as to be believable together with Dr Litefoot a `Dr Watson (Holmes)' like Police Coroner Pathologist played wonderfully by Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter respectively.
The success of those two can be measured by their return in the wonderful Big Finish Production the adventures of Jago and Litefoot.
Believe me this all sounds far fetched, too detailed and too complex to be an attractive story but over the six episodes it really is wonderful.
The Talons of Weng-Chiang is available in many formats so I really suggest you read the reviews and descriptions from other more knowledgeable reviewers and select the best version for yourself.
Totally recommended as one of the best ever Dr Who Adventures ever and that is up against some pretty steep competition?