Doctor Who: The Jade Pyramid

  • by Martin Day
  • Narrated by Matt Smith
  • 1 hrs and 8 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Poetic Elegance

What did you love best about Doctor Who: The Jade Pyramid?

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.

What other book might you compare Doctor Who: The Jade Pyramid to and why?

This is really strongest in contrast, because it does things that you don't usually expect in a doctor who story.

Which character – as performed by Matt Smith – was your favorite?

The village elder.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For some reason, this was the kind of book I really liked that I kept pausing. It's something to pace out and savor.

Any additional comments?

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.

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- Spencer


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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- Margot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited