Doctor Who (1963)

Season 14 Episode 21

The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 26, 1977 on BBC



  • Trivia

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

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Jago: Courteous coves, these Chinese. I'd have propelled him onto the pavement with a punt up the posterior.

    • Sgt. Kyle: You do have a permanent address, don't you?
      The Doctor: No, sergeant, we're travellers.
      Sgt. Kyle: I see, persons of no fixed abode.
      The Doctor: No no no, we do have an abode. It's called a TARDIS.
      Sgt. Kyle: A… TARDIS.
      The Doctor: But it's not fixed.

    • Jago: You've been drinking!
      Casey: Not a drop, sir!
      Jago: Then it's time you started!

    • Leela: Doctor, you make me wear strange clothes, you tell me nothing: you are trying to annoy me.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • Based on an idea by Robert Banks Stewart, The Foe from the Future, for which Stewart received no credit after Holmes worked it up into a full-length story.

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