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

The Doctor and Leela go to Chang's performance, and a battle of wills and wits ensues. Afterward, Chang pays the price for his failure, and Weng-Chiang makes his move to recover the Cabinet.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 14x24
Production Number: 4S
Airdate: Saturday March 19th, 1977

Director: David Maloney
Writer: Robert Holmes

Alternate Airdates:

France Mar 19, 1977
Ireland Mar 19, 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
Tony ThenTony Then
As Lee
Penny ListerPenny Lister
As Singer

Ron GrainerRon Grainer
As Orchestra Conductor
Main Cast
Tom BakerTom Baker
As The Fourth Doctor


The Doctor fires, killing the giant rat and saving Leela. She apologizes for failing to kill Weng-Chiang. She offers to take him back but the sound of more rats indicate it’s too dangerous to go to the theatre, so they retreat back to Litefoot’s boat...

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Episode Notes
This episode attracted 11.4 million viewers on initial broadcast.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Harry DacreBicycle Built for Twosinger performing at Palace Theatre

Episode Quotes
Li H'sen Chang: Mr. Sin is… indisposed.
Henry Gordon Jago: Ho ho ho. Very droll. I shall tresure that exceedingly humorous jest, Mr. Chang. Oh, Mr. Chang. I suppose the little fellow has got a touch of wormwood, what?

(to Leela)
The Doctor: I have an appointment at the Palace Theatre tonight. And if you’re very good, I’ll buy you an orange.

Li H'sen Chang: Lord, I have heard that the strange infidel, the Doctor will be here soon. Is it still your wish that I should kill him?
Weng-Chiang: I think it more likely that he will kill you.

Henry Gordon Jago: Well if you need any help, Doctor, I know where my duty lies.
The Doctor: I knew I could count on you.
Henry Gordon Jago: To the limit. I suppose you've got your own men scattered throughout the audience?
The Doctor: No.
Henry Gordon Jago: No? You mean nobody?
The Doctor: Nobody. When the moment comes, Mr. Jago, you and I can face our destiny shoulder to shoulder.
Henry Gordon Jago: Oh corks.

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
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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