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

After evading Chang's assassination attempt, Leela follows the magician to his underground lair, where she must avoid Weng-Chiang's giant rats.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 14x23
Production Number: 4S
Airdate: Saturday March 12th, 1977

Director: David Maloney
Writer: Robert Holmes

Alternate Airdates:

France Mar 12, 1977
Ireland Mar 12, 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
Judith LloydJudith Lloyd
As Teresa
Main Cast
Tom BakerTom Baker
As The Fourth Doctor


Mr. Sin closes in on Leela, who snatches up a carving knife. She throws it into the dummy but it’s unaffected. Meanwhile, Chang takes the unconscious Litefoot’s gun and hears the Doctor approach. He prepares to shoot him. Inside, Leela leaps out the window. The Doctor, alerted, ducks and Chang misses. The magician escapes with Mr. Sin on their carriage. While the Doctor goes inside, Leela ignores his orders to stay and leaps onto the back of the carriage...

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Episode Notes
This episode attracted 10.2 million viewers on initial broadcast.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Lieutenant F. J. RickettsColonel Bogey Marchas the Doctor approaches Litefoot's house

Episode Quotes
Professor Litefoot: The sheer criminal effrontery. Things are coming to a pretty pass when ruffians will attack a man in his own home.
The Doctor: Well, they were Chinese ruffians.

Professor Litefoot: Haven’t you slept?
The Doctor: Sleep is for tortoises.

The Doctor: He's a blackguard!
Professor Litefoot: Who?
The Doctor: I don't know who's the blackguard, but if some slavering vampire comes out of the sewers stalks this city at night, he's a blackguard!

Professor Litefoot: I think this entire enterprise is rash and ill-considered.
The Doctor: My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern, a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?
Professor Litefoot: Well, that for a start. It hasn't been fired for 50 years. If you try to use it it'll probably explode in your face.
The Doctor: Explode? Unthinkable – it was made in Birmingham!

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSydney Newman
ProducerPhilip Hinchcliffe
Costume DesignerJohn Bloomfield
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
Title SequenceBernard Lodge
Production Unit ManagrChris Doyly John
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