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The Emerald Tiger was the one hundred and fifty-ninth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Barnaby Edwards and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka and Mark Strickson as Turlough.

Publisher's summary

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night

Calcutta, 1926. The Doctor and his companions join an expedition to locate the fabled emerald tiger — a legendary marvel shrouded in myth and mystery. They must journey to an unexplored lost world filled with wonder and wickedness.

But at the centre of this terra incognita, something is stirring. Something with emerald eyes, diamond-sharp claws and a heart of darkness.


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  • Lady Adela Forster reads the short story "Tiger! Tiger!" from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book to her young son Jonathan in 1908.
  • Lady Adela was a journalist until she married her husband, Lord Edgar Forster, who was killed by a tiger during his 1908 expedition to India.
  • The Doctor has come to Calcutta on 31 December 1926 to witness the second Unofficial Test match between All India and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which the MCC won by four wickets, at Eden Gardens. Arthur Gilligan was the captain of the MCC team while C. K. Nayudu is a batman for All India. The Doctor considers it to be one of the best cricket matches of all time.
  • Tegan loves cricket.
  • Turlough is a wearing a three piece suit. Tegan mentions that it makes him appear more mature than his Brendon Public School uniform. When Turlough asks her if this is a good or a bad thing, she does not answer.
  • Major Cyril Haggard claims to work at the office of the Governor-General of India. The Doctor tells Nyssa and Turlough that he is a walking embodiment of the attitudes which brought down the British Raj. He stole a considerable amount of money and a large number of bonds from the safe in the Governor-General's office.
  • Haggard mistakes Nyssa for Turlough's mother.
  • It is initially believed that Kimball infected Nyssa with rabies by biting her.
  • Professor Narayan is the head of the Mythology and Folklore department at the University of Calcutta. He owns a white 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, which the Doctor refers to as "a work of art".
  • Turlough tells Tegan that "stubbornness is one of Australia's greatest exports."
  • After being infected with the blood of the Emerald Tiger, Dawon was transformed from an ordinary human girl into a tigress larger than normal, with emeralds for eyes and diamonds for claws, whose teeth are strong enough to bite through metal. While on Lady Adela's train, she wears a chain made of titanium. She was originally a weretiger, but is now unable to revert to her human form. Her younger brother, Iyaphin, and her elder brother, Shardul Khan, went through the same metamorphosis.
  • Dawon refers to Turlough as "the flame haired boy" and Tegan as "the shrieking she-cat". Tegan refers to her as "Pussy Galore", a character from the 1959 James Bond novel Goldfinger and the 1964 screen adaptation.
  • The Doctor tells Colonel Burroughs that his name is "Dr Smith."
  • Dawon's owner was killed in the anti-British Empire protests in Burma in November 1926.
  • In 1908, Lady Adela accompanied her husband Lord Edgar Forster on an expedition to the Karabya Caves to discover a new species of jewelled beetles.
  • Professor Narayan refers to the crystal skull carved by pre-Columbian Mesoamericans currently in the British Museum.
  • Major Haggard refers to the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells.
  • Nyssa refers to Tegan as her best friend.
  • The Doctor mentions the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Major Haggard refers to Tegan as "an Antipodean harpy."
  • Professor Narayan was found in Karabya in 1908. He had claw marks and a tooth embedded in his back. He was not expected to survive, but made a remarkable recovery within a week. He suffered from amnesia for the next 18 years, but his memory returned to him when he returned to Karabya with the Doctor. He is actually Iyaphin the Destroyer, the brother of Dawon and Shardul Khan. Together, they ruled the Karabya jungle for ten thousand years.
  • The Doctor tells Lady Adela that Tegan is "very dear" to him.
  • Major Haggard quotes the Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde when he comments, "We're all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars."
  • Turlough states that he always hated the works of William Shakespeare.
  • Tegan survived the train going over the cliff by taking refuge in the TARDIS. The Doctor had previously given her the TARDIS key.
  • Lady Adela and Lord Edgar's son, Jonathan, was not killed in 1908, but taken by Dawon, who raised him as her own child. As he had only vague memories of his earlier life due to his youth, he believed that his name was actually "Djahn." His only possession was the copy of The Jungle Book, which his mother read to him as a toddler. He seemingly learned his broken English from the same source. For this reason, Tegan refers to him as "Mowgli".
  • Tegan mentions Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • After Iyaphin and Dawon left the jungle in 1908 and 1916 respectively, Shardul Khan swallowed the Emerald Tiger and merged with it. Following her return, he absorbs Dawon into his body.
  • The Doctor estimates that the Emerald Tiger crashed to Earth hundreds of thousands of years earlier, and the Karabya valley was the impact crater.
  • Tegan refers to a crocodile as "an overgrown handbag".
  • Having had enough of the outside world, Lady Adele decides to stay in the Karabya valley with her son.



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