Matt Smith reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond.
Intercepting a distress call, the TARDIS is drawn to a Shinto shrine in medieval Japan, where the Doctor and Amy are met by village elder Shijô Sada. He explains that the ogre-like mannequins surrounding the holy site are harmless guardians, called Otoroshi.
At the heart of the temple is an ancient jade pyramid, so sacred that only the monks may look at it. But the Shogun, the ruler of Japan, wants to possess the pyramid and has ordered seven samurai and a band of soldiers to come to Kokan and seize it.
Whilst the Doctor is tracked by a ninja assassin, Amy discovers what happens to trespassers at the shrine. Soon the secrets of the jade pyramid - and the towering Otoroshi - will be known... Written specially for audio by Martin Day, The Jade Pyramid'is read by Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.
©2011 Martin Day (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
The adventure is ok, the characters a little forgettable - some standard Doctor Who trope, a wise older character, a misunderstood dark character who turns out to be noble etc. What saves this for me is the wonderful narration by Matt Smith. He clearly is very excited to be the Doctor still and enthusiasm helps to move a story along - although his voice for Amy is pretty dire!!!
The sense of peace and thematic symmetry. This had an unusual twist on the typical expectations for a doctor who story, and I liked the sense of humans learning from past mistakes through legend.
This is really strongest in contrast, because it does things that you don't usually expect in a doctor who story.
The village elder.
For some reason, this was the kind of book I really liked that I kept pausing. It's something to pace out and savor.
This has an interesting sense of tranquility about it, and it's neat to see religion not portrayed as a ploy for an evil alien for a change.
Hate to say it, but Matt Smith is not the vocal actor that David Tennant is. He doesn't do a terribly impressive job with his vocal characterizations, and it's hard to hear the difference between him as narrator and him as Doctor. And the story is just.... lame. Straightforward. Dependent on luck rather than any skill. And the surprise is kind of a so-what. Why is any of the important stuff here, in this time and place? Why's it important? How is it supposed to connect to the overall story or the distress signal that supposedly lead the Doctor and Amy here? This doesn't really tell us anything. Go get a different episode.
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