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Doctor Who (1977) - Talons of Weng Chiang

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"Well-made, well-written, but dated"
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It's tough, in 2017, accepting that The Talons of Weng Chiang is considered one of the best Fourth Doctor adventures made. Objectively, it has a lot going for it. Great writing, great acting, thrilling pacing, and lovely atmospheric setting. But the heavy racism is something it struggles to come out from under, and in today's age actors in yellowface, or such grotesque charicatures like the puppet, are too uncomfortable to just dismiss as “well it's just fiction.” I still recommend to check it out, and I'm sure there are plenty who won't be bothered by it, but be warned: it can make some viewers quite uncomfortable.


In this feature-length adventure set deep in the darkest heart of Victorian London, the Doctor and Leela are confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific events. An innocent cabbie is viciously slain by the agents of a secret Chinese cult; young women disappear quietly and suddenly; in the depths below, the rankest sewers are infested by giant, deadly abominations. The Doctor, helped only by the local pathologist Professor Litefoot and the cowardly Henry Jago, finds himself battling for his life against the hideously deformed Magnus Greel, who pretends to be the ancient Chinese God, Weng-Chiang. But Greel is not the only menace; the Doctor must also deal with the illusionist Li H'sen Chang and the murderous dwarf Mr Sin before Leela falls prey to the Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Release date NZ
July 3rd, 2003
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
English - HI
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Sci-Fi
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