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4.8 - The Emperor of Eternity

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/31/15 5:02 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Frazier and Deborah treat us to a narrated/acted characterization of a second Doctor story. The story tells the tale of a corrupt Chinese emperor, intrigue and double crossing play heavily in this story. Jamie and Vicki are thrust into the midst of the action in trying to get the Doctor back when he taken by the evil emperor back to his palace. However the Emperor is evil, and unjust, he rules with an iron fist and is determined either to live and rule forever, and if not he has his terracotta army will protect him in the afterlife from those who would want him dead. The year is 210 and although the Doctor believes that history will play out with the Emperor dying of natural causes, the strange travelling monk will prevent history from playing out properly.

The Companion Chronicles are little bit like Marmite, they are stripped back Who adventures, normally using existing companions to perform the entire piece. This release in some respects breaks away from the norm as there are two accomplished actors, the storytelling duties mainly fall to Deborah with Frazier offering fill in's as required. This does distract from the release's impact, but once again the way in which Big Finish handle the production sucks you into believing that this is much bigger than it really is. The only let down on this is essentially it is a weak story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/14/15 9:19 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria arrive in China in 200 BC after having a collision with a meteroite in the TARDIS to find China under rule by an emperor who maintains powers by ruling with terror. The TARDIS crew falls under suspicion as potential assassins but Jamie identifies a monk whose not all he appears to be but before further action can be taken, the Doctor is taken away by the Emperor's men who expect him to give the Emperor eternal life and if the Doctor fails the whole village dies.

Jamie and Victoria then get roped into trying to save the emperor. Overall, this isn't a bad story and it's better than the first Victoria companion Chronicle but it's not particularly memorable either. It does try to make some point about forgiveness but is a bit clumsy about it. A well acted and directed story that's still, nevertheless, forgetable, partially due to a very cheap cliffhanger/resolution.
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Reviewed By: SLRibsReview Date: 7/3/11 5:09 pm
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A dull first part brings down an okay second part. Frazer Hines' prescence feels completely unnesscesary, though.
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Reviewed By: headofpertweeReview Date: 8/18/10 9:33 pm
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Very good characterisation and acting by Deorah Watling but no so good from the usually brilliant Frazer Hines