The Shadow of Weng-Chiang
“They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. If I’m right, then a journey of a thousand miles will take but a single step.”
The search for the fourth segment of the Key to Time brings the TARDIS to 1930s Shanghai: a dark and shadowy world, riven by conflict and threatened by the expansion of the Japanese Empire. Meanwhile, the savage Tongs pursue their own mysterious agenda in the city’s illegal clubs and opium dens.
Manipulated by an elusive foe, the Fourth Doctor is obliged to follow the Dragon Path – the side-effect of a disastrous experiment in the far future.
But would two segments of the Key be on the same planet? Is the Black Guardian behind the dark schemes of the beautiful Hsien-Ko? And who is the small child who always accompanies her?
- The Shadow of Weng-Chiang was the twenty-fifth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by David A. McIntee.
- The Doctor is a competent fighter.
- The Doctor notes that he cannot remember his real name as it has been so long since he’s used it.
- Romana demonstrates she can sing. She dislikes being called Romana, but tolerates it in preference to “Romy” or any other version of her proper name.
- K9 can climb stairs, but it takes a great deal of time and energy.
- This is a sequel to The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
- The Doctor compares the quarry to ones that he saw on the surface of Skaro (Genesis of the Daleks) and the surface of Gallifrey (The Invasion of Time).
- Romana refers to Vivian Fay. (The Stones of Blood)
- Romana recalls using a gun on Zanak. (The Stones of Blood)