↳ Pyramids of Mars (Story #82)
★★★★ / 5
This is a serial that I have seen twice before, but it has been some time. Therefore, I won’t have many comments to make about it at this time. I will re-watch it again when I have the time in order to make a more thorough commentary.
I do remember one thing very vividly. Perhaps my favorite moment of physical humor in Classic Who:
#nope - That scene will never not be funny.
- The exterior scenes were shot on the Stargroves estate in Hampshire, which was owned by Mick Jagger at the time. Jagger, however, was not the only famous person to have lived at Stargrove; by curious coincidence, the estate had previously been owned by Lord Carnarvon, the archaeologist who led the dig which ultimately unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun.
- The Doctor notes that the dress Sarah wears in this story belonged to a former companion, Victoria.
- The Doctor, while lost in thought, refers to Sarah as former companion Vicki.
- The Doctor mentions as he leaves that he was blamed for causing the Great Fire of London in 1666. (PROSE: The Republican’s Story) Ironically, his future self was indeed involved in causing the fire. (TV: The Visitation)
- All the stories from this season were tributes to classic horror and science fiction films. This one was an obvious tribute to, and influenced by the original “Mummy” films produced by Universal Studios during the 1930s and 40s, which in turn were partly inspired by the legends about the supposed “King Tut’s Curse.”
- This is one of several stories in which everyone the Doctor and his companion meet are dead by the end of the story. Another such story is TV: Horror of Fang Rock. The only character who does not die (well, not on-screen anyway) is Ahmed, who is not present for anything except the opening scene in Egypt and never meets the Doctor. (Although Ahmed appears to survive on-screen, according to Terrance Dicks’s novelisation of the story he and the other Egyptian labourers are killed by Namin’s men on fleeing the tomb.) [I remember watching Horror on Fang Rock for the first time and being amazed at how lighthearted the Doctor was being considering that literally everyone had died except for he and Leela.]
- This is one of several stories produced during the 1970s which suggested powerful aliens had influenced the technical development and mythologies of early humans. Others include TV: The Dæmons, TV: Image of the Fendahl and TV: City of Death.
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