Doctor Who (1963)

Season 14 Episode 22

The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part Two

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 05, 1977 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Doctor and Leela investigate the strange events in Victorian London. But a mysterious masked figure lurks in the shadows.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Weng-Chiang believes the Doctor to be a "time agent". Although this is the only time the term is used in this series, the 2005 series would expand on it greatly, even having a former time agent becoming a companion of the Doctor.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Leela: We might have been killed!
        The Doctor: It's ten feet, from whisker to tail.
        Leela: We should have taken weapons!
        The Doctor: What kind of weapons? You need a harpoon to stop that brute.
        Leela: Shall we tell the blue guards?
        The Doctor: They'd only call a sanitary inspector.

      • Casey: Aren't you coming, Mr. Jago?
        Jago: Some paperwork commands my presence yet a while, but I shall doubtless descry those lugubrious liniments at the crepuscular hour.
        Casey: Eh?
        Jago: See you in the morning!

      • Litefoot: Upon my soul. I'm sure we shouldn't be discussing such things in front of the fair sex. Forgive me, ma'am.
        Leela: What for?
        Litefoot: For being so indelicate in the presence of a refined lady!
        Leela: Does he mean me?
        The Doctor: I don't think so.

      • Leela: Why are you making fire in your mouth?
        Litefoot: What? Upon my soul, hasn't the girl seen a pipe before?
        The Doctor: There's no tobacco where Leela came from.
        Litefoot: Sounds healthy but exceedingly dull.

      • [about Leela]
        The Doctor: Savage. Found floating down the Amazon in a hat box.
        Litefoot: A hat box?!?

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The Doctor's entire attitude in this episode, from his manner of dress (deerstalker and inverness) to his attempts to solve a mystery are quite reminiscent of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes. Even the episode's setting (Victorian England) lends itself to a Sherlock Holmes reference. Interestingly enough, the Doctor and Leela encounter a giant rat in this episode. This could be a (possibly unintentional) reference to the "giant rat of Sumatra" that the Great Detective once mentioned in passing.