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The Shadow of Weng-Chiang was the twenty-fifth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by David A. McIntee. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Romana I and was set during their quest for the Key to Time, in between the TV stories The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara.

As its title implies, it serves as a sequel to The Talons of Weng-Chiang, if an indirect one. In his introductory notes to the novel, McIntee explains that he opted against revisiting old concepts and character such as Magnus Greel, Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot and instead took the sequel in a very different direction. Excluding the Fourth Doctor, the only returning character from Talons is Mr Sin.

Despite all this, it served as something of a bookend to that earlier television serial. Whereas Talons had featured expatriate Chinese in London, Shadow was set mostly in Shanghai.

Shadow is one of the few Doctor Who stories in any media to deal with the run-up to World War II in Asia. It details much about the origins of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the precursor to the Pacific War, with the story ending on the eve of the Battle of Shanghai during the first month of the conflict. The only other story to deal with this particular theatre in any great detail is Log 384, which explores Manchuria under Japanese occupation.

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"They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. If I'm right, then a journey of a thousand miles will take but a single step."

The search for the fourth segment of the Key to Time brings the TARDIS to 1930s Shanghai: a dark and shadowy world, riven by conflict and threatened by the expansion of the Japanese Empire. Meanwhile, the savage Tongs pursue their own mysterious agenda in the city's illegal clubs and opium dens.

Manipulated by an elusive foe, the Fourth Doctor is obliged to follow the Dragon Path — the side-effect of a disastrous experiment in the far future.

But would two segments of the Key be on the same planet? Is the Black Guardian behind the dark schemes of the beautiful Hsien-Ko? And who is the small child who always accompanies her?

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  • This story includes a glossary of Chinese and Japanese terms, as well as a few German ones, that are used in the book.
  • While clarifying his intention to take his sequel in a different direction to its predecessor, McIntee cites Aliens as a good example of a sequel and "Friday The 13th Part whatever" as a bad example.
  • McIntee recommends that readers looking to know more about 1930s Shanghai should consult W. H. Auden's Journey to a War (incorrectly named Journey Into War) or the books and photographs of Henri Carter-Bresson.
  • McIntee notes that some phrases used in the novel were outdated, such as Peking (as opposed to Beijing) or "Tong" (instead of "Triad"). Given the novel's setting, he largely opted to retain the older versions in the interests of continuity.
  • The quotation "Before setting out for revenge, first dig two graves" in the Prologue actually is not a Chinese proverb.
  • This story is set between The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara.

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