The Talons of Weng Chiang

The Talons of Weng Chiang
The Talons of Weng Chiang


In this feature-length adventure set deep in the darkest heart of Victorian London, The Doctor and Leela are confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific events. An innocent cabbie is viciously slain by the agents of a secret Chinese cult, young women disappear quietly and suddenly, in the depths below, the rankest sewers are infested by giant, deadly abominations.

The Doctor, helped only by the local pathologist Professor Litefoot and the cowardly Henry Jago, finds himself battling for his life against the hideously deformed Magnus Greel, who pretends to be the ancient Chinese God, Weng-Chiang. But Greel is not the only menace, The Doctor must also deal with the illusionist Li H’sen Chang and the murderous dwarf Mr Sin before Leela falls prey to the Talons of Weng-Chiang…

Episode entry


  • The Talons of Weng Chiang was the sixth episode of season 14
  • This story had working titles of The Foe from the Future and The Talons of Greel.


  • Part one – 11.3million viewers
  • Part two – 9.8million viewers
  • Part three – 10.2million viewers
  • Part four – 11.4million viewers
  • Part five – 10.1million viewers
  • Part six – 9.3million viewers


  • Clink Street, Southwark, London
  • St. Mary’s Overy Wharf, Southwark, London
  • Bridewell Place, Wapping, London
  • Wapping Old Stairs, Wapping High Street, London
  • Fish Street Rates offices, Fish Street, Northampton
  • St Crispin’s Hospital, Duston, Northampton
  • Cardinal Cap Alley, Bankside, London
  • Cambridge Park (No 24), Twickenham, Middlesex
  • Wapping Pier Head, Wapping High Street, London
  • St. Katharine’s Dock, London
  • Royal Theatre, Guildhall Road, Northampton
  • BBC Television Centre (TC1 and TC8), Shepherd’s Bush, London

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