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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Pharaohs Of Death, 23 Jun 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eye of the Scorpion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Eye Of The Scorpion.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion: Peri.
Introducing : Erimem.
Featuring: Antranak & the cat named after him.
Main enemy: Stasis box entity, Horemshep, Yanis.
Main setting: Thebes & Giza, Egypt, circa 1400 BC.
Writer : Ian McLaughlin.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 24.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Yanis - Harry Myers.
Fayum - Jack Galagher.
Antranak - Jonathan Owen.
Kishik - Daniel Brennan.
Horemshep - Stephen Perring.
Slave - Mark Wright.
Priest - Alistair Lock.

Trivia.
1)The story appears to be set relatively soon after Planet of Fire, since the Doctor gives Peri a tour of the TARDIS at the beginning of the story. Given that the Doctor gives a similar tour to Erimem when she joins the crew, this tour seems to be something the Fifth Doctor does to initiate his new companions.
2)Peri refers to Lanzarote, where she first met the Doctor and Turlough on 8 May 1984. (Tv: Planet of Fire)
3)Peri mentions her mother Janine Foster. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
4)The Doctor tells Peri that he "was at a bash they threw for Nero once." (TV: The Romans)
5)Erimem's full name is Erimemushinteperem, which means "Daughter of Light", She is seventeen and had three elder half-brothers, all of whom have died in suspicious circumstances over the course of the previous year & she does not believe in the Egyptian gods.
6)After the Sphinx is damaged during the story, Peri causes it to be repaired with the face of Elvis Presley.

Plot Synopsis.
1400 BC.
Egypt is in mourning. Pharaoh, the great God-King, is dead & the future of the Two Kingdoms of Egypt is shrouded in uncertainty as the Council of Priests debates the claim to the throne of Pharaoh's only heir.

Out in the deserts around Thebes, Egypt's capital, a warlord chief is assembling an army of mercenaries, waiting for just the right moment to strike at Egypt's heart.

But not all of Egypt's enemies are outside the city, Just what is the secret of the strange box discovered in the desert?

When the TARDIS arrives nearby, it has apparently been hi-jacked... by the Fifth Doctor & companion Peri who both become involved in the intrigue surrounding the accession of a female Pharaoh named Erimem.

Timelord Thoughts.

Writer Ian McLaughlin has written a excellent audio Fifth Doctor adventure here which is quite a epic scale adventure as the Doctor and Peri land in Ancient Egypt and get embroiled in political intrigue while trying to stop a assassination attempt on Erimem the next Pharaoh Queen featuring some scary chilling sequences with scorpions, some excellent battles & deal with a creepy alien entity.

Peter Davison gives a excellent performance as the Fifth Doctor in this adventure from stepping out of the Tardis boards a chariot & rescues Erimem in the first few minutes of the story climaxing with Erimem honouring him with a lavish banquet which ends on a cliffhanger of the Doctor being stabbed by a poison stained knife to which his Time Lord metabolism can't counteract at first putting him in a coma for much of episode 2 while unconscious the he makes a telepathic contact with a malevolent alien force.

This story is a fast paced audio adventure, both the Doctor & Peri get plenty to do throughout& with the Doctor absent for most of episode 2 this adventure give actress Nicola Bryant a chance to shine as Peri as writer Ian McLaughlin caters to all her strengths; her resilience, her humour, her spirit & her scenes of being possessed are excellent adding great tension & drama.

The character of Erimem is such a strong written character who works well & shares great chemistry with both the Doctor and Peri who obviously make an impression on her as she leaves in the TARDIS at the end with her cat becoming a new companion.

Overall The Eye Of The Scorpion is a rip roaring tale that sees writer Iain McLaughlin debut story inject plenty of action & adventure, historic references, political intrigue & full blown horror which makes this story a refreshing enjoyable Fifth Doctor audio adventure that's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Eye of the Scorpion - The Doctor and Peri discover the true King, 29 Mar 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eye of the Scorpion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the twenty fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Nicola Bryant as Peri. It introduces new regular companion Erimem, played by Caroline Morris. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

The Doctor and Peri are forced to land in ancient Egypt by a seeming glitch in the TARDIS (plus ca change...). Stepping out of the TARDIS they find a young woman on a Chariot being hunted by some distinctly unsavoury types. The Doctor saves her, to find that she is soon to be Pharaoh Erimem, and that, unsurprisingly, there are other people who want the throne she claims.

What follows is a decent adventure in which the Doctor has to unravel just who or what it is that wants Erimem dead, while countering several plots and performing the odd miracle. For reasons of the plot, Peter Davison is missing for most of the second episode, which is carried largely by Peri and Erimem as they become friends and investigate several mysterious deaths. Surprisingly, this lack of the Doctor for an episode (a regular feature back in the black and white TV days when either William Hartnell or Patrick Troughton went on holiday) doesn't hurt the story, and allows us more time to be introduced to Erimem. Caroline Morris provides us with a great companion, intelligent, articulate, able to stand up for herself and inquisitive about the world. It is a character with possibilities, and it is a shame the character was not put to better use in subsequent releases. I do feel that this story is perhaps one of her best.

Supporting cast do well, especially Antronak, a role that seems to have been written with Nicholas Courtney in mind going by the delivery by actor Jonathan Owen. It's a solid, reassuring part that speaks of reliability and honour.

The play is let down a little in the final episode, with a resolution that is poorly realised compared to the rest of the series. So only four stars. In general it's pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and Peri in ancient Egypt, 18 Jun 2006
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eye of the Scorpion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"Egypt is in mourning. Pharaoh, the great God-King, is dead. The future of the Two Kingdoms of Egypt is shrouded in uncertainty as the Council of Priests debates the claim to the throne of Pharaoh's only heir.
"Out in the deserts around Thebes, Egypt's capital, a warlord chief is assembling an army of mercenaries, waiting for just the right moment to strike at Egypt's heart.
"But not all of Egypt's enemies are outside the city. What is the secret of the strange box discovered in the desert?
"When the TARDIS arrives nearby, it has apparently been hi-jacked... by the Doctor?"

With Ian McLaughlin's "The Eye of the Scorpion", the Fifth Doctor / Peri pairing has finally hit its stride. "The Eye of the Scorpion" is immense fun as a script and both Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant appear to be enjoying themselves and are on excellent form - just in time to meet and greet a major new character, Pharaoh-to-be Erimemushinteperem (or Erimem for short). Of course, the Doctor realises that history has never recorded a Pharaoh Erimem, and that this girl will never succeed in becoming Pharaoh. The question is, what does happen to her?
Caroline Morris is excellent as Erimem, reluctant successor to the crown, imperious one moment but compassionate and inquisitive the next. There are good guest turns from Jonathan Owen as Erimem's loyal defender Antranak and Stephen Perring as conniving villain Horumshep, whilst Jack Gallagher is likeable as junior priest Fayum... until he becomes possessed, of course. Harry Myers is over the top as warlord chief Yanis, but this is nothing unusual for "Doctor Who".
"The Eye of the Scorpion" has a full and eventful plot with well-written characters and good ambient music. The Doctor's incapacitation for much of episode two allows Peri and Erimem to shine through as characters. The only weakness is the slightly unsatisfying climax in the tunnels beneath the feet of the great Sphinx, but it's not week enough to spoil the listener's enjoyment of the story as a whole.
"The Eye of the Scorpion" comes highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT STORY, 26 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Eye of the Scorpion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This audio story is a must buy for anyone who loves Doctor Who and more importantly is a fifth doctor fan.
The story is very well presented and both Peter Davidson and Nicola Bryant are fantastic in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye eye, 16 April 2009
This review is from: The Eye of the Scorpion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
1400 BC
Egypt is in mourning. Pharaoh, the great God-King, is dead. The future of the Two Kingdoms of Egypt is shrouded in uncertainty as the Council of Priests debates the claim to the throne of Pharaoh's only heir.

Out in the deserts around Thebes, Egypt's capital, a warlord chief is assembling an army of mercenaries, waiting for just the right moment to strike at Egypt's heart.

But not all of Egypt's enemies are outside the city. What is the secret of the strange box discovered in the desert?

When the TARDIS arrives nearby, it has apparently been hi-jacked... by the Doctor?

Featuring the Fifth Doctor and Peri, this story takes place between the television episodes Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani.

A decent story that introduces future TARDIS companion Erimem and sees The Fifth Doctor and Peri expolring ancient Egypt.
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