The Emperor of Eternity, CD-Audio Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The TARDIS makes an emergency landing in China around 200 BC.

When the Doctor is taken to the imperial city, Victoria and Jamie must save him from the Emperor Qin, who seeks the secret of eternal life so he may rule the world forever...


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781844354641



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I actually rather liked "The Emperor of Eternity." It's not the best in the Companion Chronicle series, by a long chalk - but it's got a very evocative historical setting, great music and sound design, and shock of all shocks, I enjoyed Deborah Watling's reading.That's a stunner because I've been extremely critical of The Great Space Elevator, with one of my chief criticisms being her voice. I hereby rescind that particular critcism. Her voice has clearly aged -why wouldn't it? (We're a bit spoiled, I think, by a couple of actresses who still sound like they're in the '60s or '70s). But she's a good narrator and if she's a little shrill sometimes, well, Victoria was always a little shrill. I think my big critcism on this one is that I'm not sure why Frazer Hines was the guest voice. He's good, but he really doesn't have much to do as Jamie. Why not make one of the Chinese characters - Li, perhaps most obviously - the guest voice? Seemed strange to me.I certainly understand all the criticisms of the violence and the unusual setting for a second Doctor story, but I rather like something "out of the ordinary" every so often (please see: "Frostfire"). Again, not a favorite of mine, but this is a pleasant way to while away an hour.

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