The Jade Pyramid
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 Shijo 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.
- Amy remembers a time from her childhood when she believed she saw mannequins move on their own (given her age and date of birth, she could be remembering an Auton invasion, probably the one in Rose).
- Once again the TARDIS’ translation circuit is referred to, with Sada thinking that Amy and the Doctor speak Japanese fluently but saying that they sounded like foreigners.
- Upon hearing the Doctor’s voice, Sada cannot decide if he’s a young man without experience or an old man who time has smoothed to a soft confidence.
Onarushi is a Ronin (a samurai without a master).
- Sada compares the way the Doctor moves to a young calf (hearkening back to Steven Moffat’s description of Smith moving “like a drunken giraffe”)