Li H'sen Chang, Greel's henchman, threw himself to the rats as a means of suicide after his master had dismissed him from service. The rats fatally wounded him, though he did not die right away. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang) Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot later went down into the sewers with a Gatling gun to kill the rest of the rats. (PROSE: A Victorian Interlude)
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- It is likely that the giant rat in The Talons of Weng-Chiang was inspired by a line in the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in which Holmes alludes to "the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared". In Talons, the Doctor dons a deerstalker and cape, and is assisted by a medical doctor whose housekeeper is named Mrs Hudson, all of which appear to allude to Conan Doyle's detective.
- In his work of modern British history, State of Emergency, Dominic Sandbrook called the giant rat "one of the worst-realised monsters not merely in the show's history, but in the history of human entertainment.”