The unabridged story, written by Terrance Dicks and adapted from Robert Holmes’ television story of the same name, was first published in 1977 and has now been given the AudioGO clean up with a fresh reading from Benjamin, who originally played alliteration addicted theatrical impresario Henry Gordon Jago in the television version of the story, as well as new sound effects and music. Here’s a little breakdown of the story for all of those who haven’t yet had the privilege of enjoying it:
Diabolical dreads await the Doctor and Leela as the TARDIS lands in Victorian London. Giant rats scamper through the swirling fog as Chinese Tong hatchet men attack and women mysteriously disappear… Then out of the gloomy miasma a man’s death cry is heard…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.
With Benjamin’s wonderful voice and the very talented team behind these Target novelisation re-releases, this story should be great addition to your audio collection.
The Talons of Weng Chiang will be available in January 2013 with an RRP of £13.25 for the CD version and £12.29 for the download. If you pre-order now from Amazon, however, you can get Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang for £12.98!