The Talons of Weng-Chiang
 

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By:Terrance Dicks
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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  November 1977
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11973-8
Format: paperback
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Stepping out of the Tardis into Victorian London, Leela and the Doctor are confronted by menacing, diabolical horrors shrouded within the swirling London fog — a man's death cry, an attack by Chinese Tong hatchet men, giant rats roaming the sewers, young women mysteriously disappearing...

The hideously deformed Magnus Greel, conducting a desperate search for the lost Time Cabinet, is the instigator of all this evil. Posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang, Greel uses the crafty Chang, and the midget manikin, Mr Sin, to achieve his terrifying objectives.

The Doctor must use all his skill, energy and intelligence to escape the talons of Weng-Chiang.

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  December 1977
Publisher:  Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-170-X
Format: hardback
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Edition: US US (paperback)
When:  September 1979
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-40638-X
Format: paperback
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Note:  Number 7 in the series of 10 US paperback novelisations published by Pinnacle in 1979-1980 — the others were: 1) Day of the Daleks, 2) The Doomsday Weapon, 3) The Dinosaur Invasion, 4) Genesis of the Daleks, 5) Revenge of the Cybermen, 6) The Loch Ness Monster, 8) The Masque of Mandragora, 9) The Android Invasion and 10) The Seeds of Doom. Each of these US editions were reprinted several times between 1979 and 1989, with the ISBN changing 3 times (the different ISBNs are listed as separate editions below).

Cover blurb:
TERROR IN THE FOG

It's the Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes. Shrouded in the swirling mists, Doctor Who confronts diabolical horrors as he unravels the mystery surrounding the strange disappearances of several young women.

Doctor Who learns a Chinese magician, the crafty Chang, and his weird midget manikin, Mr. Sin, are mere puppets in the hands of the hideously deformed Greel, posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang. It is Greel who steals the young women; it is Greel who grooms sewer rats to do his bidding — but there is even more, much more...

Will Doctor Who solve the Chinese puzzle in time to escape the terrifying talons of Weng-Chiang?

Doctor Who is a mysterious, zany, and very mature Time Lord (750 years mature to be exact) who hurtles through space in a stolen Time Machine. Since there's a problem with the steering, he never lands exactly when or where he plans to. This, along with his desperate desire to bring law and order to the galaxy, and his insatiable curiosity, consistently places him in weird and often wild circumstances.

The Incredible Space Fantasy
Now a Hit Television Series

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Edition: US US (2nd paperback)
When:  January 1981
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-41974-0
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Same as 1st US paperback edition.

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Edition: US US (3rd paperback)
When:  January 1983
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-42503-1
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TERROR IN THE FOG

It's the Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes. Shrouded in the swirling mists, Doctor Who confronts diabolical horrors as he unravels the mystery surrounding the strange disappearances of several young women.

Doctor Who learns a Chinese magician, the crafty Chang, and his weird midget manikin, Mr. Sin, are mere puppets in the hands of the hideously deformed Greel, posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang. It is Greel who steals the young women; it is Greel who grooms sewer rats to do his bidding — but there is even more, much more...

Will Doctor Who solve the Chinese puzzle in time to escape the terrifying talons of Weng-Chiang?

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Edition: US US (4th paperback)
When:  April 1989
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:1-55817-209-2
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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  March 1994
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11937-1
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Note:  Listed on Amazon both with the above ISBN and the very similar 0-426-11973-8 (same as the original paperback edition). This was the last of approximately 70 Target novelisations which were reprinted with new cover designs in the early 90's.

Cover blurb:
'A Chinese secret society, fanatical followers of an ancient Chinese god called Weng-Chiang. They believe that one day he will return to rule the world.'

Stepping out of the TARDIS into Victorian London, Leela and the Doctor find themselves fighting off the trained killers of the Tong of the Black Scorpion. Barely escaping alive, they soon discover that the swirling fog hides other, more sinister forces. Giant rats roam the sewers; young women mysteriously disappear; and a magician's manikin is found, clutching a blood-stained knife. Has an ancient and murderous Chinese god returned to haunt the streets of London?

This is an adaptation by Terrance Dicks of a screenplay by Robert Holmes, which featured Tom Baker in the role of the Doctor.



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