Tuesday, 6 April 2010
The Giant Rat of Wapping
One of the first programmes I ever saw that drew me into the Victorian era was the Dr. Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, featuring the marvellous Tom Baker (and Louise Jameson as his otherworldly Amazonian assistant, Leela, forced to dress in leg-of-mutton sleeves instead of the usual Jungle bikini outfit). The story featured (as well as the usual complement of villainous aliens) a Victorian music-hall and a giant rat loose in the sewers of the East End (some exterior shots were filmed around Wapping). Now it's on the Internet - that's if you're in the UK and don't mind adverts at regular intervals ...