The Talons of Weng-Chiang

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Story Code: 4S / Season 14 UK Airdate: 26 Feb to 2 Apr 1977 Doctor: Tom Baker
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This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Bad punning by New Zealand Herald, for episode 6 repeat, 2 September 1987
The Sunday Mirror, Nov. 9, 1980
United Arab Emirates Jan 78? PAL
Australia Apr 78 PAL
United States* Nov 78 NTSC
Chile c May 79 NTSC
New Zealand Dec 79 PAL
Mexico Jan 80 NTSC
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Gibraltar Feb 80? PAL
Nigeria Apr 80 PAL
Puerto Rico Jun 80? NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Ecuador Sep 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Brunei 80? PAL
Swaziland? 81? PAL
Venezuela 82? NTSC
Honduras ? NTSC
  • (*) The US date is based on the airdates for WTEV, which was the first US station to screen the initial package of 98 Tom Baker episodes.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America).
  • The story was not able to be screened in Canada in 1980, but did later play during re-runs.


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Saudi Arabia late 85? NTSC
Armed Forces Network Jul 86 NTSC
Canada Oct 90 NTSC
  • The story was released on DVD in the Netherlands in the mid-2000s.

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Talons of Weng-Chiang

  • Part 1: In Victorian London, Dr. Who takes Leela to a music hall, but their evening is spoiled by murder.
  • Part 2: The Doctor's investigation leads him to the London sewers, where he discovers giant rats.
  • Part 3: Leela is captured by the phantom of the Palace Theatre.
  • Part 4: Dr. Who battles the Tong of the Black Scorpion.
  • Part 5: Dr. Who's friends face their deaths at the House of the Dragon.
  • Part 6: The Doctor confronts Weng-Chiang.
  • Compilation: In Victorian London, Dr. Who investigates a homicidal phantom terrorizing a music hall.