Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
The Shadow of Weng-Chiang
This is the twenty-fifth novel in Virgin's Missing Adventures series.
Where does this fit?
This happens in Season 16 between The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara.
Other Guides to this Story
The Fourth Doctor dresses in a rather bohemian outfit, notable for its long scarf. He is somewhat alien, willing to play the fool, and almost never gets on with authority figures.
Romanadvoratrelundar (or Romana for short) is a Time Lady. In The Ribos Operation, the White Guardian transported her onto the Doctor's TARDIS to help him in his quest for the Key to Time, though she believes that the High President of the Time Lords gave her this task. She has more book smarts but less practical experience than the Doctor.
K9 Mark 2 is a robotic dog built by the Doctor. In The Invasion of Time, the Doctor left the original K9 on Gallifrey. K9 is very literal in his thinking and is programmed to obey his master and mistress.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Mr Sin is a killer cyborg containing the cerebral cortex of a pig. In The Talons of Weng-Chiang it was under the control of Magnus Greel, a war criminal who had escaped through time from the 51st Century to the 19th. During that story, Greel was allied with a Chinese man called Li H'sen Chang.
This is a sequel to The Talons of Weng-Chiang. While the links are very loose, and explained above, it will be easier to follow this story if you are broadly familiar with the original story.
Throughout Season 16, the Doctor and Romana are searching for the pieces of the Key to Time, which are hidden through time and space. They are doing this so that they can restore the universal balance for a cosmic entity known as the White Guardian. If you want to see the quest so far, you'll need to watch The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, and The Stones of Blood.