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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in History > THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG


INTENDING TO TREAT LEELA TO THE DELIGHTS OF Victorian music hall, the Doctor is drawn into an investigation into the murder of a cabby whose mangled body appears to have been gnawed by an enormous rodent. The death is linked to the mysterious disappearance of nine girls; the most recent was the cabby’s wife Emma, last seen at the Palace Theatre. The shadowy figure of a reclusive masked phantom has been terrifying the staff of the theatre, much to the annoyance of its owner, Henry Gordon Jago.

The Doctor and Leela discover giant rats infesting the network of sewer tunnels beneath East London, the creatures acting as guards to protect a secret laboratory hidden under the theatre cellar. The Doctor soon deduces the involvement of stage magician Li H’sen Chang and the Tong of the Black Scorpion, fanatical followers of an ancient Chinese god named Weng-Chiang.

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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.