Doctor Who and the talons of Weng-Chiang
So I think this is one of the WORST Doctor Who episodes ever. While I like all of Leela's other episodes this one is just awful! (Though oddly popular with other Doctor Who fans). It's supposed to be a Victorian mystery set in London with music
So I think this is one of the WORST Doctor Who episodes ever. While I like all of Leela's other episodes this one is just awful! (Though oddly popular with other Doctor Who fans). It's supposed to be a Victorian mystery set in London with music halls, and murders. It centers around a "Chinese cult" with a Chinese stage magician who is trying to bring back his god. In the TV episodes he is played by a white man in badly done make up. I thought perhaps the book would be better as I would at least be able to imagine Chinese people playing the Chinse part but the book was just as racist as the show. To start with they were referring to "The Chinese" as opposed to "the Chinese men" and I was like, well at least they're not calling them "Chinamen" which I turned the page and they were! All the racist Chinese stereotypes were here; opium smoking, abducting and killing white women, pigeon English, criminal gangs and evil religions. It was really Sax Rohmer level of the "yellow peril". Not to mention that they didn't even bother to find actual Chinese names and words to use but just made up things that sounded vaguely Chinese. I remember explaining to a Doctor Who fan at the con that I really didn't like the episode as I was a Chinese historian and he said that as it was an alien from the future and not a Chinese diety I shouldn't be upset, but missed that I was upset with the portrayal of the humans! Another reason I don't like this episode is it has Leela scream! This woman faces death without a word yet a giant rat makes her scream? A hunter being scared of a large beast? That and even though she's the best warrior on Doctor Who, she is repeatedly beaten in fights! Definitely one to avoid at all costs!