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Doctor Who & The Pharaohs Of Death,
This review is from: The Eye of the Scorpion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Eye Of The Scorpion.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2014 12:18:24 BDT
Tim Bradley says:
Enjoyed this review on 'Eye of the Scorpion'.
They tried to do a William Hartnell thing with Peter Davison being out of 'Episode 2' which is a nice touch. Peter could have done 'Sink or Swim' or 'Holding the Fort' if this was a TV story.
This is also a nice story for Erimem who gets introduced as the new companion, and Peri is wonderful in this too.
Great review timelord. Tim.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2014 12:27:02 BDT
Cheers Tim, Great story this & it's Peri gets possessed instead of Nyssa.
Posted on 23 Jun 2014 16:19:43 BDT
Because of curiosity your reviews and my Daughter, I was looking at
Dr Who series '1' Christopher Eccleston. When it says Series '1'
volume '1' is that just the first story in that series only ?
Might sound a bit Dumb, but I want to be clear of what I'd be getting,
should I take one small step lol.
I've worked out why 'Dr Who' goes back this far in time......'He's an
ancient 'God-like' figure, as seen in the Egyptian Hieroglyphics ??
As always superb 'Trivia' and Plot outline for this audio-tale.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2014 16:25:32 BDT
This is the one you want
Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set  [DVD]
This is the complete set of 13 episodes, the storys were originally released first in 4 or 5 volumes of three episodes.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2014 16:37:11 BDT
Thanks for that 'Doc'
Might look pretty good, maybe, on the new-TV I'm getting.
Posted on 23 Jun 2014 22:01:50 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I remember thinking this story slightly offended my sense of correct Egyptian history a bit too much, but once Erimem settled in as a companion I quite liked her, and the relationship she had with Peri - obviously they were great friends and gave the Doctor a hard time.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2014 22:38:49 BDT
Do you walk like a Egyptian KR lol.
Thanks for the comments, Never sold on Erimem as a companion but she is great as a guest star character in this adventure, Just not convinced with her as a companion.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2014 01:54:57 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I think Erimem never really convinced me as an 'Ancient Egyptian' but I think she was a good foil against Peri as a companion with the Fifth Doctor.
Posted on 17 Sep 2014 10:59:07 BDT
Tony S. says:
Hello again, Timelord
I haven't actually tried any of the Big Finish CDs yet, I'm sorry to say, but am looking to do so.
The Fifth Doctor is one of my favourites (and I also like Peri), so would you suggest that this as a fair place to start?
Thanks for your help!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2014 11:37:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2014 13:02:02 BDT
Yes, if Peri a companion you like paired up with the Fifth Doctor this is a good story to start & it links to another companion who joins the Tardis crew, Exotron is another good story with Peri.
But if you want classic Fifth Doctor, Spare Parts or Primeval which features Nyssa, I've reviewed nearly all the Big Finish Doctor Who range barring a few Companion Chronicles, If I can be of help let me know my friend.