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Pyramids of Mars: Part One 

The Doctor and Sarah are drawn off course and, instead of UNIT HQ, they arrive on the same site in 1911.



(by) (as Stephen Harris), (by) (as Stephen Harris)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Bernard Archard ...
Peter Mayock ...
Michael Bilton ...
Ahmed (as Vik Tablian)
Nick Burnell ...
Melvyn Bedford ...
Kevin Selway ...


Returning to Earth after their latest adventure, the Doctor and Sarah Jane arrive at the site of UNIT headquarters, but in 1911 long before its existence. They find themselves in a room filled with Egyptian artifacts in a house owned by Egyptologist Marcus Scarman. They rescue Marcus' colleague, Dr. Warlock, who was shot by Marcus' servant Ibrahim Namin, a fanatical believer in the impending return of the his god, Lord Sutekh. When Sutekh's essence arrives through a space-time portal, he takes control of Marcus Scarman. Written by garykmcd

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25 October 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The original script was by Lewis Greifer, who submitted a first draft which producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes deemed couldn't be made to work within the format of the show. When Greifer proved unavailable to rewrite it himself, Holmes rewrote the script from page one. Greifer was paid in full for his first draft and retained copyright for the story, which is why the pseudonym of Stephen Harris was invented as author. See more »


As Sutekh stands from his chair, a crew member's hand can be seen holding the cushion in place and then disappearing. See more »


The Doctor: Something's going on contrary to the laws of the universe; I must find out what.
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Well-written Who story with bags of atmosphere
29 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS is a four-part Tom Baker story that proves to be one of the actor's strongest DOCTOR WHO outings. It's a simple but well delivered narrative that uses as its storyline the theory that Egyptian gods might well have been alien visitors from distant planets. THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS ably overcomes the limitations of the small budgets given to WHO in the 1970s to become a classic story from the era.

The tale sees Baker and companion Elisabath Sladen (non-irritating, might I add) touch down at an English country house in 1911. They uncover a dark tale of obsessed Egyptologists and alien menace, the latter portrayed through dated but effective computer effects. There's plentiful action in each episode, with all of the peril you could hope for and some great cliffhangers.

The main enemies in this adventure are the Mummies, hulking robotic brutes who are some of the most simple and yet physically impressive of the show. There's also some fun to be had in the casting of Michael Sheard (GRANGE HILL) in a supporting role alongside veteran actor Archard who chews the scenery as the bad guy. Good fun indeed and a must for the fans.

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