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

Litefoot and Jago strike out on their own to investigate after discovering that Weng-Chiang left a crystal key behind: Weng-Chiang attacks Leela at Litefoot's home.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 14x25
Production Number: 4S
Airdate: Saturday March 26th, 1977

Director: David Maloney
Writer: Robert Holmes

Alternate Airdates:

France Mar 26, 1977
Ireland Mar 26, 1977

Guest Stars
John BennettJohn Bennett
As Li H'sen Chang
Michael SpiceMichael Spice
As Weng-Chiang
Christopher BenjaminChristopher Benjamin
As Henry Gordon Jago
Trevor BaxterTrevor Baxter
As Professor Litefoot
Deep RoyDeep Roy
As Mr Sin
Tony ThenTony Then
As Lee
Vincent WongVincent Wong
As Ho
Main Cast
Tom BakerTom Baker
As The Fourth Doctor


The Doctor and Leela return to Litefoot’s house and discover the dead policemen. They realize that Mr. Sin was smuggled in via the laundry basket and find Litefoot as he wakes up. Litefoot explains that the Tong attacked and took the Time Cabinet. The Doctor realizes that Mr. Sin is the Peking Homunculus, created in the Ice Age in the year 5000 for the Commissioner of the Icelandic Alliance. The automaton had one organic component, the cerebral cortex of a pig. The pig part took over, attacking the Commissioner and almost setting off World War VI. Somehow Weng-Chiang came from the year 5000 with the Homunculus, but the time travel he used is a dead-end and highly dangerous...

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Episode Notes
This episode attracted 10.1 million viewers on initial broadcast.

Episode Quotes
Professor Litefoot: May I ask, sir, who you are?
Henry Gordon Jago: Confound your insolence! Announce me!
Professor Litefoot: Consider yourself announced, sir! I'm Litefoot.
Henry Gordon Jago: Why, dash me optics. I should have realised. That brow, those hands, England's peerless premier professor of pathology!

Henry Gordon Jago: Keep off, you lot. I'm a tiger when my dander's up!

The Doctor: Eureka! Do you know what that is?
Leela: You ask me so that you can tell me.

The Doctor: He's not only a scientific fool, he's an absent-minded one.
Leela: Perhaps he has aother "Eureka."
The Doctor: No, "Eureka" is Greek for, "This bath is too hot."

Leela: We must trap them in the crossfire, Doctor. Somewhere in the open where they cannot find cover.
The Doctor: What sort of crossfire? Hazelnuts? Bread pellets?
Leela: A house this size there must be protection. The professor will have weapons in fixed positions to guard the approaches.
The Doctor: I brought you to the wrong time, my girl. You'd have loved Agincourt!

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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