Doctor Who (1963)

The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part One

Season 14, Ep 21, Aired 2/26/77
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  • Episode Description
  • London, the 1890s. As magician Li H'Sen Chang captivates audiences, a spate of disappearances amongst young women goes largely unnoticed. But almost upon their arrival, the Doctor and Leela find themselves confronting the feared Tong of the Black Scorpion, and a menace from another time. And there's something fishy in the sewers, too...

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Holmes

  • David Maloney

  • Louise Jameson


  • Tom Baker

    Doctor Who

  • Chris Gannon


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Chang: In my country, we have saying. "Man who go too quickly may step in bear trap."

    • Leela: This is a big village? The Doctor: Yes. Leela: What's the name of the tribe here? The Doctor: Cockneys.

    • The Doctor: We were attacked by this little man and four other little men. Sergeant Kyle: When I got here, sir, he was being strangled with his own pigtails, sir. The Doctor: Really? Girlish enthusiasm, officer? Sergeant Kyle: You might call it that, sir. I call it making an affray.

    • Casey: Are we going to look down the cellar, Mr. Jago? Jago: Of course, Casey, of course! When I promise to do something, determination, character… After you.

    • The Doctor: What's this? Leela: A janis thorn. The Doctor: Yes, I thought I told you not to carry… Leela: He was trying to kill you! The Doctor: Oh. Oh, well in that case, you'd better come along.

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    Notes (6)

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (BBCDVD 1152) released in April 2003. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1814) in October 2003. Video: Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (BBCV 4187) released in omnibus format in November 1988. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1153) in November 1988.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 11973 8) first published by W H Allen in 1977.

    • This episode's working titles were "The Talons of Greel" and "The Foe from the Future".

    • The conductor of the theatre orchestra in the opening shot is Dudley Simpson, the composer of much of Doctor Who's incidental music.

    • There are several Sherlock Holmes in-jokes/references scattered throughout the episode. Litefoot has a housekeeper named Hudson, just as Holmes did. The Doctor wears what is often considered Holmes' standard clothing of a deerstalker and cloak (although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself never described Holmes as wearing such clothing). The mutated giant rats are a reference to one of Holmes' "undocumented cases" dealing with Giant Sumatran Rats.

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    Trivia (1)

    • You can make out modern electrical outlets on the walls of Litefoot's lab, despite the stagehands' attempts to cover them with tape.

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