oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
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4th Doctor: "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"

"Eureka" is Greek for "this bath is too hot." --The Doctor

I have ten minutes in which to comment on this episode before it's back to the grind....

"The Talons of Weng-Chiang"

The main thing that puzzles me about this episode is why did they cast a white guy in makeup as the lead Chinese character? The various Limehouse thugs are all actual Asian people. Why not the famed magician? Were they going for a fake look because they thought it was more pulpish? Or was it simply that they didn't look very hard for a Chinese or at least Asian actor in the short time they had? This source says that the episode was put together in great haste; they hadn't even intended to have Leela stay on and be in it.

Otherwise, the episode is a lot of fun to watch. It's set in Victorian London, mostly at a vaudeville theater, and eventually that's crossed over with a villian from the 51st century, Magnus Greel.

More on the episode. And more.
Tags: dr.who, dvd, tv

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