• Doctor Who: The Jade Pyramid

  • By: Martin Day
  • Narrated by: Matt Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 01-12-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (253 ratings)

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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.
©2011 Martin Day (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Spencer on 11-24-13

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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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-04-16

nice short story

Matt Smith does a wonderful job narrating. References are made to previous shows, some prior to Smith playing the Doctor. Whovians should give it a go, it's a nice break from watching previous episodes in between seasons.

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5 out of 5 stars
By michael sage on 03-25-17


I loved the Jade Pyramid especially as it was read by my favourite doctor, Matt Smith :)

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3 out of 5 stars
By James on 04-07-13

Average Dr Who

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!!!

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