History Recap / DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars

22nd Mar '17 5:18:07 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheCharmer: The Doctor manipulates Lawrence Scarman into helping him out just by smiling and touching him on the arm, despite having spent all of the preceding conversation constantly insulting him.
22nd Mar '17 10:00:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BigBad: Sutekh the Destroyer.
22nd Mar '17 9:57:33 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ChromosomeCasting: Sarah is the only female character in the story.



* WhatYearIsThis

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* WhatYearIsThisWhatYearIsThis: The Doctor asks Laurence this, much to his bewilderment:
-->'''Laurence''': What year?
-->'''Doctor''': It's a simple enough question, surely.
-->'''Laurence''': Are you telling me you don't know what
-->'''Doctor''': If I knew I wouldn't ask. Don't be obtuse, man.
19th Mar '17 4:39:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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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.



* 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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* ScrewDestiny: SeriesContinuityError: The plot hinges on the idea that the TARDIS' controls are "isomorphic" and can only be manipulated by the Doctor, despite characters like Susan, Jo and Harry having piloted it in previous stories. Robert Holmes later offered the explanation that it was because the Doctor and Sarah encounter was lying, though Sutekh's ability to read 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.Doctor's mind makes this unpopular.



* SmartBall: Sarah Jane suddenly gains a lot of knowledge on how to fire a rifle and on Egyptian mythology.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Sutekh despite already being one of the most powerful beings in the Universe takes this to extremes, wanting to destroy all life to prevent something that could kill him evolving.



* StockPuzzle: In the story's defence, the ol' KnightsAndKnaves stumper might have been new when Sutekh's prison was made. 7000 years ago.



* SmartBall: Sarah Jane suddenly gains a lot of knowledge on how to fire a rifle and on Egyptian mythology.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Sutekh despite already being one of the most powerful beings in the Universe takes this to extremes, wanting to destroy all life to prevent something that could kill him evolving.
* StockPuzzle: In the story's defence, the ol' KnightsAndKnaves stumper might have been new when Sutekh's prison was made. 7000 years ago.
6th Mar '17 5:04:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* KillEmAll: Outside the Doctor and Sarah, no-one else makes it out of the serial alive.

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* KillEmAll: Outside the Doctor and Sarah, no-one else makes it out of the serial alive. Except a bit-part and he only survives because he's in ''Egypt'' while the action takes place in England. The novelisation states that this character is killed off-screen by cultist henchmen later.
31st Jan '17 3:06:19 PM Exxolon
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Sutekh is so powerful that if he gets loose, not even the full power of the Time Lords will be able to stop him. It took the combined efforts of seven hundred and forty one of his fellow Phaester Osirians to imprison him the first time - Sutekh is ''that'' powerful.
13th Jan '17 5:16:21 AM gojira96
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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.


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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 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.
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