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Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Part Two

The mystery deepens as the Doctor discovers that the dead man visited the Palace Theater. He goes to visit it and meets Jago, while Leela goes home with Litefoot only to discover that Chang's men are watching the house.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 14x22
Production Number: 4S
Airdate: Saturday March 05th, 1977

Director: David Maloney
Writer: Robert Holmes

Alternate Airdates:

France Mar 05, 1977
Ireland Mar 05, 1977

Guest Stars
John BennettJohn Bennett
As Li H'sen Chang
Michael SpiceMichael Spice
As Weng-Chiang
Christopher BenjaminChristopher Benjamin
As Henry Gordon Jago
Chris GannonChris Gannon
As Casey
Trevor BaxterTrevor Baxter
As Professor Litefoot
Deep RoyDeep Roy
As Mr Sin
David McKailDavid McKail
As Sergeant Kyle
Conrad AsquithConrad Asquith
As P.C. Quick
Main Cast
Tom BakerTom Baker
As The Fourth Doctor


The Doctor and Leela flee before the giant rat. The Doctor uses the oil lamp to ignite the methane, briefly driving it back and giving them enough time to climb to safety outside. The Doctor realizes that someone has left the giant rat as a guard...

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Episode Notes
This episode attracted 9.8 million viewers on initial broadcast.

Episode Quotes
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?
Henry Gordon Jago: Some paperwork commands my presence yet a while, but I shall doubtless descry those lugubrious liniments at the crepuscular hour.
Casey: Eh?
Henry Gordon Jago: See you in the morning!

Professor 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?
Professor Litefoot: For being so indelicate in the presence of a refined lady!
Leela: Does he mean me?
The Doctor: I don't think so.

Professor Litefoot: Upon my soul!
The Doctor: (about Leela) Savage. Found floating down the Amazon in a hat box.
Professor Litefoot: A hat box?!?

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

Episode Goofs
When the Doctor tells Professor Litefoot that there is no tobacco where Leela comes from, he responds "Sounds healthy but exceedingly dull." During the late 19th Century and well into the 20th Century, it was believed that smoking was beneficial to one's health.

Episode References
This episode introduces the concept of Time Agents, which will later be expanded upon in the new series in the episode "The Empty Child."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSydney Newman
ProducerPhilip Hinchcliffe
Production AssistantRos Anderson
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Film EditorDavid Lee (6)
Studio LightingMike Jefferies (1)
Studio SoundClive Gifford
Incidental MusicDudley Simpson
Special SoundDick Mills (1)
Film CameramanFred Hamilton
Visual Effects DesignerMichael John Harris (1)
DesignerRoger Murray-Leach
OB LightingJohn Mason (3)
OB SoundVic Godrich
Film RecordistJohn Gatland
Makeup ArtistHeather Stewart (2)
Fight ArrangerStuart Fell
Production Unit ManagrChris Doyly John
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