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Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang (novelisation)

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Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang
Talons of Weng-Chiang novel
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela
Main enemy:
Main setting: London, 1889
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen, Pinnacle Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Christopher Benjamin
Cover by: Jeff Cummins
Release details
Release number: 61
Release date: 15 November 1977
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 15 Chapters, 140 Pages
ISBN 0-426-11973-8
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Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Publisher's summary Edit

1977 edition Edit

Stepping out of the TARDIS into Victorian London, Leela and the Fourth Doctor are confronted by menacing, diabolical horrors shrouded within the swirling London fog – a man's death cry, an attack by Chinese Tong hatchet men, giant rats roaming the sewers, young women mysteriously disappearing ...

The hideously deformed Magnus Greel, conducting a desperate search for the lost Time Cabinet, is the instigator of all this evil. Posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang, Greel uses the crafty Li H'sen Chang, and the midget Manikin, Mr Sin, to achieve his terrifying objectives. The Doctor must use all his skill, energy and intelligence to escape the talons of Weng-Chiang.

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Terror in the Fog
  2. The Horror in the River
  3. Death of a Prisoner
  4. The Monster in the Tunnel
  5. The Quest of Greel
  6. The Tong Attacks
  7. The Lair of Weng-Chiang
  8. The Sacrifice
  9. In the Jaws of the Rat
  10. A Plan to Kill the Doctor
  11. Death on Stage
  12. The Hunt for Greel
  13. The House of the Dragon
  14. The Prisoners of Greel
  15. The Firebomb

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • In the televised version of the story, the Doctor explains that a malfunction with the Peking Homonculus, which was only supposed to be a toy, "nearly" caused World War VI. The novelisation claims that World War VI did happen, and that Magnus Greel created the Homonculus himself with the intention of triggering a World War.
  • The prostitute is rewritten to be a waitress.
  • The Doctor wears his scarf, whilst in the televised story he wears a Sherlock Holmes-esque outfit without the scarf.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback

Editions published outside Britain Edit

to be added

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Christopher Benjamin.

The audio set of four CDs was released in January 2013 priced £13.99 (UK)

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