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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.

Director:

Paddy Russell

Writers:

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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1975 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in England and Mars in 1911. See more »

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The Doctor mentions that radio waves take two minutes to travel between Mars and Earth. In fact the delay varies between 3 and 22 minutes, depending on the two planets' orbital positions. See more »

Quotes

[Sutekh telekinetically removes the TARDIS key from around the Doctor's neck and brings it before him]
Sutekh: Scarman!
Marcus Scarman: I hear you, Master.
Sutekh: My enemies have brought the means of my deliverance.
[the time corridor activates and Sutekh sends the TARDIS key through]
Sarah Jane Smith: TARDIS key!
Sutekh: [depositing it into Scarman's hand] This allows you entry into the Time Lord's space machine. Take one servicer and travel to the pyramid of Mars.
The Doctor: He won't find that possible, Sutekh.
Sutekh: [dismissively] Scarman is my puppet. My mind is in ...
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Featured in The Lively Arts: Whose Dr. Who (1977) See more »

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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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