Published on September 10th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley
Revisitations Boxset Vol 1
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Â· 6 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.
Â· Commentary - with actors Louise Jameson, John Bennett and Christopher Benjamin, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director David Maloney.
Â· Coming Soon – a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
Â· Programme Subtitles
Disc 2 (DVD9)
Â· The Last Hurrah – Tom Baker and Philip Hinchcliffe meet at Tomâ€™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.
Â· Moving On - The Talons of Weng-Chiang was to be Philip Hinchcliffeâ€™s last story as the producer of Doctor Who. In this featurette he looks back at the ideas he had for the next season.
Â· The Foe from the Future – a look at the original concept idea for the un-made story â€˜The Foe from the Futureâ€™, which eventually became The Talons of Weng-Chiang. With writer Robert Banks Stewart and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
Â· 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.
Â· Look East – in January 1977, the BBCâ€™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.
Â· 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,
Â· Music Hall – The 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.
Â· Limehouse – A Victorian Chinatown – Limehouse, in the old docklands area of Londonâ€™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 Universityâ€™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)
Â· 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.
Â· Blue Peter Theatre (dur. 25′ 58â€) – 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.
Â· 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.
Â· 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.
Â· Trails and Continuity (dur. 2’24â€) – trails and continuity announcements (mostly derived from off-air domestic recordings) for The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Whose Doctor Who.
Â· Photo Gallery (dur. 3â€™ 24â€) – a selection of design and production photographs from the story.