History Recap / DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars

2nd Dec '16 7:54:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlanSmithee: Lewis Greifer was so unhappy with Creator/RobertHolmes' re-writes that he took his name off the story. Hence Stephen Harris.
2nd Dec '16 7:45:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlternateHistory: Sarah Jane asks why they don't just leave to avoid getting killed since they know Sutekh didn't destroy earth in the 19th century since she is from 20th century Earth. The Doctor explains that now that they are involved in events alternate histories are inevitable and her Earth may never exist if they don't stop him. He even takes her to her "present" and shows her a blasted wasteland that will result if they don't go back and fix things.



* BadassBoast: One from the Doctor:
-->"I am a Time Lord. I am not a human being. I walk in eternity."



* BuildLikeAnEgyptian: The clue's in the title.



* DoesntLikeGuns: The Doctor is offered a rifle, but refuses, stating that he never carries firearms.



* DressingAsTheEnemy: The Doctor strips the bandages and outer casing from a Mummy Robot and dons them in order to sneak explosives into the Osirian ship.



* EldritchAbomination: Sutekh, Last of the Osirans. At the time, the Doctor describes him as the worst threat he has ever faced, the greatest time of peril in the history of the Earth, and given his awakening would have rendered the planet a barren wasteland before he spread across the universe to kill everything, his concern was very much justified.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The Doctor tells Sarah that unless they stop Sutekh, this is what will happen, showing her an apocalyptic future as proof.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Sutekh comments that he has endured an eternity of "darkness and impotence". This is innocent enough, until you remember that one of Sutekh's tortures at the hands of Horus in the original myth was to have his testicles ripped off.



** On the commentary, Michael Sheard remembered that Bernard Archard (Marcus) asked for a second take of that scene. There's [[HopeSpot the faintest glimmer]] that he might break through Sutekh's possession, and Archard didn't think he "got it" on the first take. Remember that retakes are almost unheard-of in Classic ''Who''--this should give you some idea of just how powerful the scene was.

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** On the commentary, Michael Sheard Creator/MichaelSheard remembered that Bernard Archard (Marcus) asked for a second take of that scene. There's [[HopeSpot the faintest glimmer]] that he might break through Sutekh's possession, and Archard didn't think he "got it" on the first take. Remember that retakes are almost unheard-of in Classic ''Who''--this should give you some idea of just how powerful the scene was.



* KillTheGod: The Doctor kills Sutekh the Destroyer, last of the Godlike Osirians who inspired the Egyptian Gods.



* KnightsAndKnaves: This is one of several puzzles the Doctor had to solve to enter the titular structure. This incident is an example of solution #2, asking the one guard about what the other guard would have said. Why an ancient Martian pyramid imprisoning a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien was protected only by logic puzzles is unknown. The Doctor, being the clever bastard that he is, figures it out in about 15 seconds. According to the DVD production notes subtitles, Phillip Hinchcliffe got it from Creator/FranzKafka's ''Literature/TheCastle'', although this cannot be confirmed.



* NephariousPharaoh: Sutekh, a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien with an Egyptian theme and {{Mooks}} disguised as {{Mumm|y}}ies.

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* MindRape: The Doctor gets subjected to this by Sutekh. The Doctor is clearly in excruciating pain trying to resist, and yet he forces the Doctor to kneel before him, worship him and 'debase himself' without even moving in his seat. What's more, Sutekh is clearly doing it for sport, thoroughly enjoying hurting and humiliating him, and was going to 'shred his mind' before realising he could take the Doctor's TARDIS key instead. One of the more scary and disturbing moments from the show's most scary and disturbing period.
* NephariousPharaoh: Sutekh, a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien with an Egyptian theme and {{Mooks}} disguised as {{Mumm|y}}ies. {{Mumm|y}}ies.
* NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus: Sutekh's personality and history heavily resembles the same god from Egyptian mythology and he possesses very god-like powers (said by the Doctor to be "near-limitless"). It is not clarified whether this is another alien encounter or something completely different. Sutekh is specifically said to be an Osirian, and that he was imprisoned on Mars by the leadership of his planet.


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* SanDimasTime: Justified when the Doctor has only a narrow window of opportunity to trap Sutekh in the spacetime tunnel. Even if he were to use the TARDIS to return to Earth at a point hours or weeks earlier, he'd only wind up waiting around for the few minutes when Sutekh is in the tunnel, and can therefore be trapped. The fact that he rushes to get it done immediately is more an indication of his excitement-level than fear of wasting precious San Dimas Time.


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* ScrewDestiny: The Doctor and Sarah encounter the wrathful god Sutekh in the 1910s. Sarah argues that they don't have to stop him since they already know the world wasn't destroyed back then. The Doctor takes her into the future and shows the world has been utterly obliterated, proving time is in flux and they're the only ones who can stop Sutekh.


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* TimeAbyss: Sutekh was imprisoned thousands of years ago, the war inspiring Egyptian mythology, and was active for thousands of years before that.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The Doctor show Sarah Jane how time has its alternatives. Even though Sarah Jane is from 1980 and knows the world wasn't destroyed in 1911 by Sutekh, the Doctor takes her to 1980 and shows Earth has been destroyed as they didn't stop Sutekh escaping. This is partly accounted for, the Doctor says individuals can shape the future but only powerful beings like Sutekh can destroy it.


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* WholePlotReference: To the Creator/HammerHorror ''Blood from the Mummy's Tomb''.
6th Nov '16 11:35:34 PM Scorntex
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* BewareTheSillyOnes: The mummy robots do look pretty silly, with their slow gait and their apparent lack of intelligence. Then they go and crush the poacher's head.


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* CantArgueWithElves: The Doctor, in a particularly broody mood at the beginning, mentions he's a Time Lord. Sarah-Jane, who isn't having any of it, just responds "I ''know'' you're a Time Lord" like she's heard this a thousand times before.


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* FatalFlaw: Poor Laurence Scarman is just incapable of accepting that his brother is dead.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Marcus Scarman makes a racist remark about his Egyptian guides when they flee Sutekh's temple.


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* LampshadeHanging: The Scarman household just happens to have a priest hole in it, despite being Victorian. The Doctor grumbles about this.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Where are we?
-->'''Laurence:''' A priest hole.
-->'''The Doctor:''' In a Victorian gothic folly? Nonsense!
-->'''Sarah Jane:''' He's so pedantic sometimes!


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* PaletteSwap: Horus' servant droids are the same design as Sutekh's, but they've got stylin' gold armour on them.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Marcus has three servant droids before going to Mars. Once there, he only has two. Of course, the out of universe reason is because the third was repurposed as Horus' servant.
20th Oct '16 2:13:56 PM nighttrainfm
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* WaybackTrip: Sarah-Jane argues that she ''knows'' the Earth wasn't destroyed in 1915, given she's from 1980. The Doctor responds by taking her to 1980, which is now a wasteland.
17th Oct '16 5:40:46 PM starofjusticev21
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* BadFuture / TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Sarah Jane asks the Doctor if they can simply leave and return to 1981 without fighting Sutekh. The Doctor complies and takes her to 1981. He shows her the desolate lifeless wasteland orbiting a dead sun that the Earth will become if the don't stop Sutekh from freeing himself. An {{homage}} to this scene was planned for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], surviving several early drafts before it became clear that it wouldn't flow.

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* BadFuture / TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Sarah Jane asks the Doctor if they can simply leave and return to 1981 without fighting Sutekh.Sutekh, since she's from a future that wasn't destroyed then Sutekh must have failed, after all. The Doctor complies and takes her to 1981. He shows her the desolate lifeless wasteland orbiting a dead sun that the Earth will become if the they don't stop Sutekh from freeing himself. An {{homage}} to this scene was planned for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], surviving several early drafts before it became clear that it wouldn't flow.
2nd Aug '16 12:15:16 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptationExpansion: The novelisation has a prologue detailing Sutekh's imprisonment and an epilogue with Sarah on Earth researching the events of the story in a newspaper cutting, set after her departure.
2nd Aug '16 11:44:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ImprobableAimingSkills: ElisabethSladen thought so, anyway. She wasn't wild about the scene with Sarah shooting the explosives because she didn't think it had ever been established that Sarah had such abilities.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: ElisabethSladen Creator/ElisabethSladen thought so, anyway. She wasn't wild about the scene with Sarah shooting the explosives because she didn't think it had ever been established that Sarah had such abilities.


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* KnightOfCerebus: Sutekh is bad enough to make the Fourth Doctor scared.
2nd Aug '16 11:44:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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17th Apr '16 11:41:04 AM Drhaber
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-->When the Eye of Horus is destroyed the re-animated Marcus Scarman is released, collapses like a puppet with its strings cut and disintgrates.

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-->When ** When the Eye of Horus is destroyed the re-animated Marcus Scarman is released, collapses like a puppet with its strings cut and disintgrates.
17th Apr '16 11:39:28 AM Drhaber
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------>When the Eye of Horus is destroyed the re-animated Marcus Scarman is released, collapses like a puppet with its strings cut and disintgrates.
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