Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection 10 Seasons 1977

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Season 14
(101) IMDb 8.8/10

23. The Talons of Weng-Chiang: Part 3 TV-Y CC

Part 3 of "The Talons of Weng-Chiang".

Starring:
Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
Runtime:
22 minutes
Original air date:
March 12, 1977

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure, International, Kids & Family
Director David Maloney
Starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
Supporting actors John Bennett, Michael Spice, Christopher Benjamin, Chris Gannon, Trevor Baxter, Deep Roy, Judith Lloyd, Vaune Craig-Raymond, Mary Maxted, Rita Tobin-Weske
Season year 1977
Network BBC America
Producers Philip Hinchcliffe
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The story itself is very good and the costume work is excellent.
Mark Pallant
What follows is a fun and sometimes spooky plot that unfolds into a satisfying conclusion.
jeffreywp
It's wonderful to be able to watch these old episodes with him, and the other Doctors.
Kevin Urenda

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bilas on July 6, 2012
I love Doctor who and Tom Baker is my favorite doctor. I love Robots of death so no problems there but why no more than one show per season? Where are all the other Doctor who shows? Genesis of the Daleks? Revenge of the Cybermen, .... I wish Amazon had more for prime users!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentjen on November 22, 2013
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I actually really liked this episode, but the close captioning had nothing to do with this episode. in fact not only was it the wrong episode, it was the wrong companion! Because of my hearing difficulties I always use close captioning to watch television and imagine my surprise whenthe captioning referred to Sarah Jane Smith as the one speaking in an episode of the 4th doctor with Leila. I couldn't understand what was going on much of the time because of this issue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRClueuin on November 13, 2011
The actress who portrays Leela is not Elizabeth Sladen. The actress name is Louise Jameson. Just a heads up for the newbie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By withspirit on February 19, 2013
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Being an American, I only began this series when the local PBS station would air each episode as a complete show on late nights. I was hooked. Granted the effects could never be considered "spielberg" or barely "special", but the stories... oh the stories...! When the stories are this amazing - special effects are just window dressing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Johnstun on May 2, 2013
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I love David Tennant, and Matt Smith is a delightfully odd duck, but Tom Baker is the Eternal Doctor Who.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pallant on January 21, 2012
I love watching old episodes and finding those little cross-over story elements which end up in the new series. The Robots of Death's killer robot idea is a lesser part of The Titanic where The Doctor, played by David Tennant, finds himself being chased by crazy robots with human faces (and wings) saying "Kill. Kill. Kill". In this Tom Baker story, the robots similarly go amok and say, with the same inflection, "Kill. Kill. Kill.". The story itself is very good and the costume work is excellent. As always, the script and acting is top notch for much of the Tom Baker era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fisher on February 4, 2014
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This includes only 8 of the 24 episodes of season 14. None of this season are “lost episodes”, as the rest of the episodes are available from various sources.

As to the episodes that are here: The Robots of Death is OK, but the Talons of Weng-Chiang is one of the best Tom Baker serials.
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Both of the episodes from Season 14, The Robots of Death and Talons of Weng-Chiang, are classics. I actually own them both on DVD. When I saw them listed on Prime, I watched them while I was after school grading. It ended up taking me longer to grade because I kept getting pulled back in to the fun stories and great characterizations. Tom Baker, Doctor #4, is my favorite. Leela, the Doctor's companion, is in both of these episodes. They have great chemistry and are convincing in their roles.

In the first episode, The Robots of Death, the Tardis deposits the Doctor and Leela on a sand mine that has just experience the first first in a series of crew murders. The Doctor and Leela are presumed to be either be the culprits or involved with them. What follows is a fun and sometimes spooky plot that unfolds into a satisfying conclusion. Of course, as with all Classic Doctor Who episodes (and, frankly, some of the present episodes), there are elements of campiness. For instance, the villain who is leading the robot revolution is made to dress like a goof at one point in a melodramatic hood while he liberates one of the robots through invasive programing. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite episodes.

The second episode, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, finds the Doctor and Leela in Victorian London where they are face a time-traveling earthling from the future who is trying to restore his cellular balance by visiting the past to find an artifact that he needs to make his (Zigma?) experiment work properly. He henchmen, Weng-Chiang is a magician-hypnotist at a vaudevillian-type theater. Girls disappear and you (as well as the Doctor and Leela) come to discover why. It's a great period romp that sets an effective mood and provides some comedic humor from the actors.
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