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Pyramids of Mars: Part Four 

Sutekh forces the Doctor to transport Scarman and a mummy to Mars, where the Doctor and Sarah try to stop them destroying the Eye of Horus.


Paddy Russell


Lewis Greifer (by) (as Stephen Harris), Robert Holmes (by) (as Stephen Harris)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Bernard Archard ... Marcus Scarman
Gabriel Woolf Gabriel Woolf ... Sutekh
Nick Burnell Nick Burnell ... Mummy
Melvyn Bedford Melvyn Bedford ... Mummy
Kevin Selway Kevin Selway ... Mummy


In thwarting Sutekh's bid for freedom, the Doctor gets too close and loses his own, becoming Sutekh's "plaything" for the next century. But Sutekh sees a way of using the Doctor to destroy the power generator on Mars that keeps him paralyzed and entombed on Earth. Then he can finally unleash himself upon the universe, destroying all life, everywhere. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

15 November 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 11.7 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


Near the end of the episode, Sutekh says that he can move again and stands up, and there is someone's hand on the seat of his chair which then moves down and out of sight. See more »


[the Doctor, strangled by a servicer mummy robot, lies on the floor. Sarah listens to his heart, then his other heart. Hearing nothing, she sobs and lays her head on his chest, crying. A hand taps the back of her head twice]
Sarah Jane Smith: [turns about, startled] Agh!
The Doctor: [from the floor] You're soaking my shirt.
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S13: Pyramids of Mars: Nicely contained yet expansive at the same time
18 December 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Despite what the title suggests, this serial is actually set on Earth, not Mars. Indeed the focus is even tighter since it mostly plays out in and around a stately home, where the Doctor works to prevent the god Sutekh following his servants to Earth and leading to its total destruction. As a narrative it manages to be reasonably straightforward and do what most of these serials do, but yet at the same time have plenty in there if you are willing to go with it.

The limited location means that the serial does build a good sense of tension, with the lumbering mummies providing the standard slow moving monster to be an immediate and creepy threat, but yet at the same time the bigger picture plays out. The threat to the world is contained by choice here, so the serial doesn't feel like it is doing world destruction on the cheap simply by playing it out in this one place (more or less). The bigger themes and villains work well, whether it is the changing of timelines, the idea of the Doctor perhaps struggling against a much stronger force (rather than doing a comedy bit and defeating him with ease, as has been the modern way at times). There was certainly enough to keep me interested, while the standard horror/chase stuff worked too.

The cast are solid. Baker of course is very good; playing a sense of nervousness and obligation well as part of his usual turn. Sladen continues to be well-used as a companion, and she does well as a result. The supporting cast is generally pretty good; with some nice twists and turns in their playing, and generally good presence from the villains (Woolf, Archard). The production budget is not particularly stretched, and the mummies are not the most imposing design even if they are a solid device in a lumbering way; but generally it looks good enough and uses the places well. Generally speaking, a good serial which does the standards well enough, but offers a bit more to engage with if you want it.

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