->''"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.


* AdamWesting: Gabriel Woolf reprises his role as Sutekh in a mockumentary on the DVD release titled ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Oh, Mummy]]''. Hordes of well-deserved NightmareRetardant ensues.
** Sutekh shows us he's just a nice guy who likes raising rabbits.
-->"I call him Neil. [[IncrediblyLamePun Neil before the might of Sutekh!]]"
* AncientAstronauts
* AwesomeMcCoolname / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Doctor Warlock. Who isn't half as cool as his name leads one to assume.
* 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/DoctorWhoNSS1E3TheUnquietDead The Unquiet Dead]]", surviving several early drafts before it became clear that it wouldn't flow.
* BigNo: Sutekh lets one of these rip before his death.
* 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."
* 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.
* 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.
* CryIntoChest: "You're shrinking 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.
* 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.)
* 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".
* 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 (a variant of dynamite) in the Poacher'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, 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.
* 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.
* InvisibleMeansUndodgeable: Sutekh's magic.
* [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel Before Sutekh]]: Repeat after me: KNEEL! KNEEL BEFORE THE MIGHT OF SUTEKH!
* 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!
* 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
* OrganDodge: The Doctor's previously unrevealed "respiratory bypass system".
* SealedEvilInACan: Sutekh was imprisoned in a pyramid in Egypt.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Sutekh's AgonyBeam.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Sarah Jane is a crack shot with a rifle, apparently...
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Osirans.
* SmartBall: Sarah Jane suddenly gains a lot of knowledge on how to fire a rifle and on Egyptian mythology.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Namin's organ-playing.
* StockPuzzle: In the story's defence, the ol' KnightsAndKnaves stumper might have been new when Sutekh's prison was made. 7000 years ago.
* ThrowItIn: The Doctor and Sarah calmly turning in unison to walk out of sight of a mummy as it turns to face them was a gag they'd thought up themselves and did without clearing it with the director.
* TooDumbToLive: Laurence seems to have gotten it into his head that what looks like his brother is no more than a corpse being controlled by Sutekh, but then throws it away and tries to reason with him anyway. It goes as well as you'd expect.
* 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.
* 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
* TheXOfY
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When Sutekh's [[TheDragon Dragon]] 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.
-->'''Dragon:''' ''I'' am the servant of Sutekh. He needs no other. ''[kills him]''