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Published on September 10th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

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Revisitations Boxset Vol 1

EXTRAS

The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Disc 1

· 6 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.

· Commentary - with actors Louise Jameson, John Bennett and Christopher Benjamin, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director David Maloney.

· Coming Soon – a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.

· Programme Subtitles

Doctor Who Revisitations Boxset Vol 1· Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2 (DVD9)

· The Last Hurrah – Tom Baker and Philip Hinchcliffe meet at Tom’s home to discuss the making of what would be their final story together. Also featuring actors Louise Jameson, Trevor Baxter, Christopher Benjamin, director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and costume designer John Bloomfield.

· Moving On - The Talons of Weng-Chiang was to be Philip Hinchcliffe’s last story as the producer of Doctor Who. In this featurette he looks back at the ideas he had for the next season.

· The Foe from the Future – a look at the original concept idea for the un-made story ‘The Foe from the Future’, which eventually became The Talons of Weng-Chiang. With writer Robert Banks Stewart and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.

· Now & Then – the latest instalment of this series visits the locations used in the story and compares how they looked on screen in 1977 to how they look now.

· Look East – in January 1977, the BBC’s local news programme paid a visit to the filming of The Talons of Weng-Chiang in Northampton Repertory Theatre, where reporter David Cass interviewed Tom Baker.

· Victoriana and Chinoiserie – a discussion of the literary references that can be found within the story. With producer Philip Hinchcliffe and University of Westminster lecturer in English Literature, Dr. Anne Witchard,

· Music HallThe Talons of Weng-Chiang is set within a music hall, a theatrical tradition which is upheld to this day by groups of dedicated performers. This documentary looks at the history of the music hall and features performances by those who continue to uphold its traditions. Hosted by Michael McManus, with Gerald Glover, Pamela Cundell, Johnny Dennis and Victor Spinetti, featuring songs performed by Katy Baker.

· Limehouse – A Victorian Chinatown – Limehouse, in the old docklands area of London’s East End is not only the setting for The Talons of Weng-Chiang but for many other stories in English literature. Dr. Matthew Sweet investigates the area and its history. With Roehampton University’s Dr. John Seed, Dr. Tom Wareham, the curator of the Museum of London Docklands and University of Westminster lecturer in English Literature, Dr. Anne Witchard.

Disc 3 (DVD5)

· Whose Doctor Who (dur. 58′ 42″) – a 1977 documentary from BBC2′s The Lively Arts strand, looking back at the history of the programme and its psychological impact on the viewers, particularly children. Introduced by Melvyn Bragg.

· Blue Peter Theatre (dur. 25′ 58”) – starts with a 1974 introduction, featuring a strike-bound Blue Peter team having to leave their usual studio and present the programme from the set of the first Tom Baker story, then continues with a series of articles from 1977 in which the team make a Doctor Who theatre, complete with sets and monsters and, with the help of Dick Mills, show how to make your own sound effects to accompany the performance.

· Behind the Scenes (dur. 24’00″) – very poor quality (ex DW production office timecoded Shibaden tape) but exceptionally rare footage from the studio recording of the story.

· Philip Hinchcliffe Interview (dur. 11′ 30″) – series producer Philip Hinchcliffe interviewed on ‘Pebble Mill at One’ about the show and the possible effects of on-screen violence. Ex Philips 1500 off-air recording.

· Trails and Continuity (dur. 2’24”) – trails and continuity announcements (mostly derived from off-air domestic recordings) for The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Whose Doctor Who.

· Photo Gallery (dur. 3’ 24”) – a selection of design and production photographs from the story.

· TARDIS-Cam No.6 (dur. 1’ 41”) – originally produced for the BBC Doctor Who website, this animation shows the TARDIS encountering a pod of space whales.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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