Production info

Pyramids of Mars
UK, 1975  TV  

TV-series Doctor Who

Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Bernard Archard
Directed by Paddy Russel

  

The TARDIS materialises on Earth in the year 1911 inside an old priory owned by Egyptologist Marcus Scarman. Scarman has been possessed by Sutekh, last survivor of the god-like Osirans, who is held prisoner inside a pyramid in Egypt by a signal transmitted from one on Mars. Sutekh desires his freedom and instructs Scarman to construct servicer robots - which look like Egyptian mummies - to build a missile with which to destroy the Martian pyramid. The Doctor foils this plan by blowing up the missile. He then falls under Sutekh's control himself and is made to transport Scarman to Mars in the TARDIS. Scarman cuts off the signal but the Doctor, now freed of Sutekh's influence, realises that there will be a short delay before it ceases to have effect, owing to the time taken for it to reach Earth. He rushes back and uses the time control from the TARDIS to move the end of the space-time tunnel that links the priory to the Egyptian pyramid into the far future. Sutekh, travelling down the tunnel, is unable to reach the end in his lifetime, and dies. (source: BBC)

"Pyramids of Mars" is actually a sequence of 4 episodes from season 13 (1975-76) of the legendary cult BBC sci-fi series "Doctor Who", which ran a staggering 33 years from 1963 until 1996, and was revived again in 2005. The series is about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as "The Doctor". The Doctor, like all Time Lords, has the ability to regenerate his body when he dies, something he can do twelve times. This episode features the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker.


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