Wednesday, January 6, 2010

And the People's Choice Award Goes to...

Obviously, Talons of Weng-Chiang is the choice Tom Baker as Doctor Who story.

Here is what Amazon has to say:

"The Talons of Weng-Chiang" is one of the very best Doctor Who stories, a six-part adventure set in a gothic Victorian London inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and Sax Rohmer's tales of Fu Manchu, with nods toward Jack the Ripper, Dracula, and Sherlock Holmes. The final story from the Golden Age of the show, Philip Hinchcliff's three-year tenure as producer, the tale boasts superior production values and a bizarre storyline involving a time-traveling war criminal, giant rats in the London sewers, and a malevolent ventriloquist's doll with the brain of a pig.

Pitted against this flamboyant madness, largely centered on an East End music-hall run by the self-important Henry Gordon Jago (a memorable performance by Christopher Benjamin) are Tom Baker's fourth Doctor, in pre-self-parody top form, and Louise Jameson's Leela at her primal best. There's strong support from Trevor Baxter as the Watson-like Professor Lightfoot, and John Bennett as the villainous Li H'sen Chang. Really helping matters is the first-rate direction from David "Genesis of the Daleks" Maloney, evoking a creepy atmosphere in a fantasy London of shadows and fog. "Weng-Chiang" was the pinnacle of gothic Who and still remains highly enjoyable entertainment. —Gary S. Dalkin

While this one lacks my second favorite companion, intrepid journalist Sarah Jane Smith, it appears to have all the elements I love. While I am not a huge Who fan, it is one of the great things about the series that it is so amorphous, and can go from aliens to Victorian London with no problems.

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions, I'm sure I'll be checking a lot of these out.


Chad Thorson said...

You won't be disappointed! In fact I think I'm going to watch it tonight.

"Everybody Weng-Chiang tonight!"

Thomas Pluck said...

I haven't watched these since high school, but Weng-chiang is one of the best, it has a real pulpy feel and is lots of fun. Makes me want to watch it again.

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