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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[Main/CardCarryingVillain Evil...? Your evil is my good.]] [[OmnicidalManiac I am the Sutekh the Destroyer. Where I tread, I leave nothing but dust and darkness.]] '''I find that good!'''"]]

->''"Deactivating a generator loop without the correct key is like repairing a watch with a hammer and chisel. One false move and you'll never know the time again.''"
-->-- '''The Doctor'''

The Doctor is having a bit of a midlife crisis, which isn't helped much when Sarah decides to raid the TARDIS wardrobe and show up in one of previous companion Victoria's old dresses. She also suddenly sees a demonic goat head floating around in the TARDIS. ... [[ItMakesSenseInContext What?]]

As the TARDIS lands in 1911 England, the Doctor gets involved in a plot that wouldn't have been too out of place 20 years later on ''Series/StargateSG1''.

Egyptologist Marcus Scarman has been possessed by Sutekh, last survivor of the ancient Osiran race who appeared to the Ancient Egyptians as gods. Sutekh is trapped in an Egyptian pyramid, his prison maintained by a signal from another pyramid on Mars. Sutekh has Scarman build service robots, (badly) disguised as Egyptian mummies, then with their help he builds a rocket to destroy the Martian pyramid.

Sarah Jane is all ready to leave and vworp back to 1980, but the Doctor shows her the view of 1980 Earth (a desolate wasteland) and explains that this is one historical event they ''are'' going to have to meddle in, for a change.

The Doctor and Sarah Jane destroy the rocket, but the Doctor is soon forced to admit that Sutekh literally has god-like powers when he falls under Sutekh's control himself. After a CurbStompBattle in Sutekh's favour, some thorough MindRape, the Doctor is made to transport Scarman to Mars in the TARDIS to disconnect the signal trapping Sutekh.

That done, Sutekh's hold on the Doctor is released. The Doctor realises there will be a delay before it has an effect on Earth, and makes it back in the TARDIS just in time to use the TARDIS' time controls to push the exit to Sutekh's time/space tunnel far into the future. Sutekh dies of old age before he ever reaches it.

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!!Tropes

* AdamWesting: Gabriel Woolf reprises his role as Sutekh in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xnU2BNryo&feature=kp mockumentary]] on the DVD release titled ''[[{{Pun}} Oh, Mummy]]''. Hordes of well-deserved NightmareRetardant ensues.
* 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.
** Sutekh shows us he's just a nice guy who likes raising rabbits.
-->"I call him Neil. [[JustForPun Neil before the might of Sutekh!]]"
* AlanSmithee: Lewis Greifer was so unhappy with Creator/RobertHolmes' re-writes that he took his name off the story. Hence Stephen Harris.
* 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.
* AncientAstronauts: The Osirians, who inspired Ancient Egyptian mythology.
* AwesomeMcCoolname / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dr. Warlock. Who isn't half as cool as his name leads one to assume.
* BadassBoast: One from the Doctor:
-->"I am a Time Lord. I am not a human being. I walk in eternity."
* BadFuture / TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Sarah Jane asks the Doctor if they can simply leave and return to 1981 without fighting 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 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.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: How Sutekh sees things.
* 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.
* BigNo: Sutekh lets one of these rip before his death.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The Gallifreyan respiratory bypass system makes its first appearance here.
* BlackComedy: Sarah Jane on the Doctor's mummy costume: "It must have been a nasty accident!" Also, the Doctor: "I shall mingle with the mummies, but I shan't linger."
* BrickJoke: Sarah Jane tells the Doctor if he's unhappy at UNIT he can always just resign. The Tenth Doctor Era, reveals he never did, so he's still on UNIT's payroll.
* BuildLikeAnEgyptian: The clue's in the title.
* CainAndAbel: Lawrence is killed by his possessed brother Marcus when trying to break the control. Sutekh associates the connection with Horus being brother of Sutekh. (He is known as Horus' EvilUncle, although apparently the youngest brother of Sutekh was an aspect of Horus.)
* CallBack: Sarah Jane remarks on the similarity of the successive puzzle rooms to the ones encountered in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks the city of the Exxilons]].
** The Doctor absent-mindedly calls Sarah Jane "Vicky" when she enters the Control Room wearing one of Victoria's old dresses.
* 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.
* ChangedMyJumper / ContrivedCoincidence: Sarah just happens to change into Vicky's dress before walking around in the 1910's.
* ColdBloodedTorture / AgonyBeam: Done to the Doctor, courtesy of Sutekh.
* CreepyMonotone: Sutekh's servant at the end of part 1.
-->'''Servant''': Die. I bring Sutekh's gift of death to the world.
* CryIntoChest: "You're soaking my shirt."
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: The Doctor (severely ticked and horrified by Sutekh's hatred for all life) thoroughly and formally curses Sutekh 'in the name of all nature.' This goes over [[AgonyBeam about as well as you would expect]]. Fortunately, Sutekh still needs the Doctor.
* DiegeticSwitch: Even after Namin stops playing the organ, the music continues.
* DoesntLikeGuns: The Doctor is offered a rifle, but refuses, stating that he never carries firearms.
* DoomedByCanon: A subtle one: Laurence Scarman has invented the radio telescope a few decades early. Seeing as no one knows about this, of course he has to die, so the radio telescope can be invented at the right time.
* 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.
* DyingAsYourself: Marcus at least gets to do this.
* 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.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Only the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith survive among the characters with lines. (There are a couple of non-speaking servants with Marcus when he enters the tomb at the start who might have got away alive.). The novelisation makes it clear that this will be the fate of the entire universe if they fail as not even the Time Lords are powerful enough to stop a free Sutekh.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: If Sutekh's last stab at bargaining with the Doctor is any indication -- he offers to spare the planet Earth (''just'' Earth) and give it to him as "a plaything".
* FatalFlaw: Poor Laurence Scarman is just incapable of accepting that his brother is dead.
* 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.
* GoodIsNotNice: A subtle example. Although Horus imprisoned Sutekh rather than kill him for fear becoming [[HeWhoFightsMonsters just as bad as him]], his [[MechaMooks Mecha-Mook]] mummies guarding the Martian pyramid are programmed to kill intruders if they guess the riddle incorrectly. However, considering [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt what's at stake]] if [[OmnicidalManiac Sutekh]] gets free, one could argue Horus was justified.
* HairTriggerExplosive: The Doctor and Sarah Jane hatch a plan to blow up Sutekh's [[ItMakesSenseInContext rocket-pyramid]]. They come upon a store of blasting gelignite ('''not''' a variant of dynamite [[note]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelignite The other Wiki]] says it's actually a very safe explosive. Three Doctors [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield later]] Ace, who really should know better, repeats the mistake)[[/note]]) in Ernie's stores, leading to one of the best Doctor/Companion exchanges in the show's history:
--> ''Sarah Jane finds the nitro, and [[ExplosiveStupidity throws it]] to the Doctor''
--> '''Doctor''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Sweaty. Gelignite. Is. Highly Unstable.]] One good sneeze could set it off... ''(he puts it down)'' Did you find any fuses?
--> '''Sarah Jane''': No. Perhaps he sneezed.
--> ''The Doctor gives her the DeathGlare to end all Death Glares.''
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Laurence Scarman tries to do this for Marcus when he shows up at his house. [[AvertedTrope It doesn't work]], and [[TearJerker he ends up paying the ultimate price for it]].
** On the commentary, 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.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: 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.
* InvisibleMeansUndodgeable: Sutekh's magic.
* {{Jerkass}}: Marcus Scarman makes a racist remark about his Egyptian guides when they flee Sutekh's temple.
* KillEmAll: Outside the Doctor and Sarah, no-one else makes it out of the serial alive.
* KillTheGod: The Doctor kills Sutekh the Destroyer, last of the Godlike Osirians who inspired the Egyptian Gods.
* [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel Before Sutekh]]: Repeat after me: KNEEL! KNEEL BEFORE THE MIGHT OF SUTEKH!
* KnightOfCerebus: Sutekh is bad enough to make the Fourth Doctor scared.
* 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.
* 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!
* LastOfHisKind: Sutekh, last of the Osirans. He blew up his home planet, leaving a few hundred survivors who chased him down and imprisoned him. What happened to the rest isn't clear, but by the eighteen-hundreds they're lone gone. And then Sutekh gets sent to the end of time.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Namin's organ-playing.
* MechaMooks: The mummies or "servicers" as Sutekh refers to them, are just robots wrapped in bandages. Good versions in the employ of Horus appear on Mars.
* MindOverMatter: Sutekh uses telekinesis throughout the story to counter his own paralysis; at one point, he even uses his mind to contain the blast from a gelignite explosive. Doubly impressive considering the explosion is occurring in England and Sutekh's pyramid is in Egypt!
* 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.
* 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.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Played by Namin.
* OmnicidalManiac: Sutekh the Destroyer was a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien with these tendencies to preclude the possibility that something that could challenge him ''might evolve''.
-->'''Sutekh''': "The alien who dares to intrude, the humans, animals, birds, fish, reptiles...all life is my enemy. All life shall perish under the reign of Sutekh the Destroyer!"
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The Doctor notes that the Osirans were famous for their puzzle-based death-traps during the travel through the Pyramid.
* OrganDodge: The Doctor's previously unrevealed "respiratory bypass system".
* PaletteSwap: Horus' servant droids are the same design as Sutekh's, but they've got stylin' gold armour on them.
* PyramidPower: There's a pyramid in Egypt, one on Mars and the rocket is a pyramid too.
* 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.
* SealedEvilInACan: Sutekh was imprisoned in a pyramid in Egypt.
* 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.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Sutekh's AgonyBeam.
* StableTimeLoop: The TARDIS materializes in Scarman's house in 1911 because it is at the same location that UNIT Headquarters will be in the future (since the Doctor was aiming for Unit HQ but was pulled off course by several decades). The Doctor then gets involved in events that culminate in the Scarman house burning down, which we were earlier told is what enabled UNIT Headquarters to be constructed at that location in the first place.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Sarah Jane is a crack shot with a rifle, apparently...
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Osirans.
* SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology: All the Osiran technology looks like ancient Egyptian paraphernalia, but includes robots and teleporters that work between Earth and Mars.
* 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.
* 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.
* TranquilFury: Sutekh is this, creepily and effectively whispering every word, even when torturing The Doctor. Until he's freed, when [[LargeHam predictable]] [[KneelBeforeZod characterization]] [[ChewingTheScenery developments]] occur.
* 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.
* 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.
* WhatIsEvil
-->'''Sutekh''': "Evil"? Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the Destroyer. Where I tread, I leave nothing but dust and darkness. [[OmnicidalManiac I find that good.]]
* WhatYearIsThis
* WholePlotReference: To the Creator/HammerHorror ''Blood from the Mummy's Tomb''.
* TheXOfY
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When the possessed Marcus Scarman arrives on the scene, the first thing he does is dispose of the minion who did all the preliminary work.
-->'''Namin:''' Master, spare me. Spare me. I am a true servant of the great Sutekh.
-->'''Scarman:''' ''I'' am the servant of Sutekh. He needs no other. ''[kills him]''
** After the Doctor transported everybody to Mars, Sutekh orders his mummies to kill him, since none of them intend to leave the Pyramid anyway.
** When the Eye of Horus is destroyed the re-animated Marcus Scarman is released, collapses like a puppet with its strings cut and disintgrates.