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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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Did You Know?


This is one of several serials produced by Philip Hinchcliffe to display a direct horror influence. Influences included The Mummy (1959) and Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971). 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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One of the best
7 September 2011 | by (Oz) – See all my reviews

I'd rank this in my top 5 favourite Who stories of all time. It's a pity there weren't more Egypt-themed stories, because the mystery of Ancient Egypt is just cherry-ripe for such as the Doctor to explore. Good, tightly scripted story, not too many cheesy special effects, even the mummy-bots looked suitably menacing, and great acting, especially from Gabriel Woolf, whose voice was just superb, totally mesmerizing and just dripping with evil. Honey soaked in poison is the best way to describe his well-modulated and sibilant tones. In the history of Who, I think only Valentine Dyall as the Black Guardian manages a more sinister voice. I've seen this one at least a dozen times and it never loses its appeal. Very highly recommended.

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