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Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang - Special Edition
"The Talons of Weng-Chiang" is one of the very best Doctor Who stories, a six-part adventure set in a gothic Victorian London inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and Sax Rohmer's tales of Fu Manchu, with nods toward Jack the Ripper, Dracula, and Sherlock Holmes. The final story from the Golden Age of the show, Philip Hinchcliff's three-year tenure as producer, the tale boasts superior production values and a bizarre storyline involving a time-traveling war criminal, giant rats in the London sewers, and a malevolent ventriloquist's doll with the brain of a pig.
Pitted against this flamboyant madness, largely centered on an East End music-hall run by the self-important Henry Gordon Jago (a memorable performance by Christopher Benjamin) are Tom Baker's fourth Doctor, in pre-self-parody top form, and Louise Jameson's Leela at her primal best. There's strong support from Trevor Baxter as the Watson-like Professor Lightfoot, and John Bennett as the villainous Li H'sen Chang. Really helping matters is the first-rate direction from David "Genesis of the Daleks" Maloney, evoking a creepy atmosphere in a fantasy London of shadows and fog. "Weng-Chiang" was the pinnacle of gothic Who and still remains highly enjoyable entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This is probably one of my favourite stories of classic Who, definitely in my Top 10 I would say. From the disturbing atmosphere, the authentic Victorian period costumes and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Damien Skinner
After watching this again after several years, I can understand why many Doctor Who fans consider this to be one of the best (if not the best) episodes ever made. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Claire Stemp
One of the lamest, most boring, dreary, plotless piles
of shallow trash ever to insult the name of Dr.Who. Read more
Talons is a very well put together DVD, with a horde of extras, and a great restoration job. The story itself is one of the few six parters in Doctor Who that doesn't sag by the... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by "seanusc"
Fact: Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi television show. Not Star Trek!
Tom Baker is the best Doctor! Without a doubt! I hope BBC puts all the Tom Baker shows on DVD! Read more
The first two-thirds or so of this Doctor Who adventure are among the best Who episodes ever. The Doctor and Leila arrive, appropriately costumed, in Victorian London, and end up... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by J. Fuchs