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     Monday, September 04 2006 @ 01:08 PM EDT
    Heh. I just saw him playing one of the alien embassadors in the 1980s "Flash Gordon" film.

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     Monday, September 04 2006 @ 09:22 AM EDT
    I was watching my DVD of Weng Chiang the other day and I cracked up when I got to the credits. I had no idea that Deep Roy played Mr. Sin. He's more widely known now because he played all of the Oompa Loompas in the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Talons is probably one of my favorite eps of Who. I loved the supporting characters of Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago, and Leela splashing through the sewers wearing that white outfoot was one of my favorite scenes when I was a kid.

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     Monday, September 04 2006 @ 05:44 PM EDT

    He was also in an episode of Blake's 7.

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     Tuesday, September 05 2006 @ 01:44 AM EDT


    For me it was the opposite. I have associated him with Doctor Who and Blake's Seven for all these years that I it odd for him to be featured so much in the latest version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film. Though I think it is great that he was chosen for the film. Good to see him doing well after all these years.

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     Saturday, November 04 2006 @ 06:15 AM EST
    According to imdb, Deep Roy earned $1 million for playing the Oompa Loompas in Choclate Factory. Hilarious to think out of all the actors in Weng Chiang, he was the one who'd be a million dollar Hollywood star!

    He voices Napolean in Tim Burtons Corpse Bride and was also in Big Fish. I think he's now one of the Burton regulars, along with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter etc.

    Yes I agree, The Talong of Weng Chiang is pretty much perfect Doctor Who. With the possible exception of the giant rats, all the ingredients are spot on. I seem to recall there was even talk of a spin off series of Victorian mysteries and adventures for Litefoot and Jago as the characters worked so well together. Hey! Big Finish - are you reading this???

    Would be great to see a Prequel of Weng Chiang done too - the 10th Doctor visiting the 51st century to meet a yet to be disfigured Magnus Greel and an undisguised Peking Homonculus. We just have to tell RTD that's it's set on Earth and he'll jump at the chance.

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     Tuesday, November 28 2006 @ 09:38 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Linquel] Talons is probably one of my favorite eps of Who. I loved the supporting characters of Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago, and Leela splashing through the sewers wearing that white outfoot was one of my favorite scenes when I was a kid.

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    Yes - I'm just re-watching now - and just heard a reference to 'Time Agents' - with Leela and the Doctor being suspected as Time Agents by Weng-Chiang's master.

    Hadn't remembered that.

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     Tuesday, July 10 2007 @ 03:29 AM EDT
    How do you properly pronounce "weng-chiang"?

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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 05:35 PM EDT
    Wow!

    I bought "the Talons of Weng-Chaing" at the week-end. This is classic stuff, somehow I had never seen this before. Unfortunately, watching it the day after seeing the "last of the Timelords" it showed how week that episode was.

    It also struck me that the basic set-up was very similar to "Daleks in Manhatten" with the action centring around a theatre with direct access to the sewers beneath.

    Overall, I would recommend this episode to anyone who has not seen it. A quick look shows that Netflix stocks. it.

    In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed are Kings
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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 06:07 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie]Unfortunately, watching it the day after seeing the "last of the Timelords" it showed how week that episode was.
    It's a little vague as to which you're referring to when you say "how weak that episode was." Are you referring to LotTL (I hope)? TToWC is generally regarded as one of the top 3 stories from the TBaker era. Of course, I've always said comparing old series and new is like apples and oranges anyway. But 1 of the previous posters really was right when they said it was pretty much about as perfect Who as you're going to get.

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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 06:28 PM EDT
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    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie]Unfortunately, watching it the day after seeing the "last of the Timelords" it showed how week that episode was.
    It's a little vague as to which you're referring to when you say "how weak that episode was." Are you referring to LotTL (I hope)? TToWC is generally regarded as one of the top 3 stories from the TBaker era. Of course, I've always said comparing old series and new is like apples and oranges anyway. But 1 of the previous posters really was right when they said it was pretty much about as perfect Who as you're going to get.


    The way I read it is showing how weak TLotTL was in comparison. No offense if that was not the intent.

    Apples and Orangatans is the more likely comparitve, for me at least.

    Talons and Blink, I feel can be put up side by side as what Who shold be. Woe betide the producer/director that lerans not the lessons taught by both.

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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 07:20 PM EDT
    Apples and PCs.
    Apples and Satsumas.
    or perhaps Turkeys and Satsumas (LOTTL).

    I did indeed mean that "Talons" was excellent and LOTTL was weaker (much).

    I have watched quite a few classic stories in the past month, "The Invasion", "The Leisure Hive", "The Aztecs", "The Horror of Fang Rock", "Spearhead from Space", "The Sontaran Experiment", "The Five Doctors", "The Masque of Mandragora" and the "Hand of Fear". I think I can safely say out of all of these that "Talons" was easily the best:- Strong story, excellent cast/acting, lots of appropriate location work. (Pity about the giant rat). The quality of the extras on the DVD is excellent too.

    The subtitles giving production notes and trivia about the actors and scenes have been compeling on all the DVDs I've watched recently. Anyone who has not used this feature on any of the DVDs has missed out on lots of interesting behind the scenes info.

    I was particularly interested to see that the audience size for "the Aztecs" was pretty much the same size as David Tennant's series gets today. However, given that the population was much smaller and fewer people had TVs, I guess a larger percentage of the overall populous watched it then.

    I did enjoy "the Horror of Fang Rock" too, but I think this was for nostalgic reasons rather than it being fantastic.

    "Hand of Fear" kind of struck a good note with me too, as it had the audacity to actually be set in a quarry.


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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 07:39 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  merlin_mccarley]Talons and Blink, I feel can be put up side by side as what Who shold be. Woe betide the producer/director that lerans not the lessons taught by both.
    Yes, Talons was awesome, and so was Blink. For me it's a toss up as to which I liked more this past season, Blink or Utopia. Might be leaning towards Blink because it's self-contained and stands on its own. Utopia really rocked, but (unfortunately) kinda has to be grouped in with the 2 sub-par episodes that followed. However I think it's be tough to say Blink is what Who should be, for no other reason than The Doctor wasn't the main character of the episode and wasn't in it all too much.

    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie]I did indeed mean that "Talons" was excellent and LOTTL was weaker (much).
    Phew...thank goodness...just checking.

    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie]I have watched quite a few classic stories in the past month, "The Invasion", "The Leisure Hive", "The Aztecs", "The Horror of Fang Rock", "Spearhead from Space", "The Sontaran Experiment", "The Five Doctors", "The Masque of Mandragora" and the "Hand of Fear". I think I can safely say out of all of these that "Talons" was easily the best
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    I did enjoy "the Horror of Fang Rock" too, but I think this was for nostalgic reasons rather than it being fantastic.
    Fang Rock is a personal favorite of mine. I remember watching it as a kid and just really having the bejeekers scared out of me. I think it's one of the few stories where you really feel the main group is truly isolated and help is few and far between.

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     Saturday, July 07 2007 @ 07:52 PM EDT
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    Fang Rock is a personal favorite of mine. I remember watching it as a kid and just really having the bejeekers scared out of me. I think it's one of the few stories where you really feel the main group is truly isolated and help is few and far between.


    Ditto, I enjoyed so much because it terrified me as a 9 year old, similar to the way that "the Ark in Space" did.

    The only other episodes which I remember as being really scarey, were all from much earlier when I was younger: "The Sea-Devils", "The Green Death", "the planet of the Spiders" and "The Daemons".

    I don't think that after HOFR any Doctor Who story actually terrified me, i.e., This is when I stopped watching from behind the Sofa. (In my case, I actually stood in the hall and watched the TV through the crack in the living room door - Hinge side, when door was partially open)

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