The Eye of the Scorpion
Peter Davison (the Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown), Caroline Morris (Erimem), Harry Myers (Yanis), Jack Galagher (Fayum), Jonathan Owen (Antranak), Daniel Brennan (Kishik), Stephen Perring (Horemshep), Mark Wright (Slave), Alistair Lock (Priest), Gary Russell (Ebren)
Egypt is in mourning. Pharaoh, the great God-King, is dead. The future of the Two Kingdoms of Egypt is shrouded in uncertainty as the Council of Priests debates the claim to the throne of Pharaoh’s only heir.
Out in the deserts around Thebes, Egypt’s capital, a warlord chief is assembling an army of mercenaries, waiting for just the right moment to strike at Egypt’s heart.
But not all of Egypt’s enemies are outside the city. What is the secret of the strange box discovered in the desert?
When the TARDIS arrives nearby, it has apparently been hijacked… by the Doctor?
Written By: Iain McLaughlin
Directed By: Gary Russell
- The Eye of the Scorpion was the twenty-fourth release in Big Finish’s main Doctor Who line. A so-called “pseudo-historical” story
- The introduction of a new companion for the Fifth Doctor: the uncrowned Pharaoh Erimemushinteperem.
- Peri’s mother Janine Foster used to worship Paul McCartney.
- Erimem’s full name is Erimemushinteperem, which means “Daughter of Light”. She is the daughter of the late Pharaoh Amenhotep II and Rubak, one of his sixty concubines. She is seventeen and had three elder half-brothers, all of whom have died in suspicious circumstances over the course of the previous year. She does not believe in the Egyptian gods.
- The story appears to be set relatively soon after Planet of Fire, since the Doctor gives Peri a tour of the TARDIS at the beginning of the story. Given that the Doctor gives a similar tour to Erimem when she joins the crew, this tour seems to be something the Fifth Doctor does to initiate his new companions. Peri refers to Lanzarote, where she first met the Doctor and Turlough on 8 May 1984. (Planet of Fire)