Probably the best period drama Dr Who ever did. An excellent script from Robert Holmes, arguably his best. Fantastic dialogue - "I bring Sutekh's gift of death to all humanity!" is a belter! A great score from Dudley Simpson particularly the organ music in part 1 which builds to a great climax as Marcus Scarman, dressed in black, looms out of the space-time tunnel and causes his Egyptian servant to get a little hot under the collar! The story falls apart a little when the action moves away from the house in 1911 to the pyramids of Mars - the sets are not very good here, the pace is slower and the Mummies not as threatening. However, what makes the episode so successful has to be Gabriel Woolf's portrayal of Sutekh - one of the all-time great Dr Who villains. Mr Woolf's voice has such a rich and emotive quality that he was invited back to the new series to portray none other than the devil himself in The Satan Pit!
With the Tardis on it's way back to UNIT HQ, the ship is drawn off course and lands where the UNIT Base will be at th old priory before it burnt down. The Doctor and Sarah Jane find out that the future of the whole Earth is at Stake, Sutekh the last of the Osirians is breaking free from his prison and nothing can stop him.
This has to be one of the best Doctor Who stories of Tom Baker's time as The Doctor up there with Genesis of the Daleks and The Seeds of Doom. Gabriel Woolfe plays the chilling villain Sitekh and Tom Baker gives a most intense performance that make the story that much better. Also with Elisabeth Sladen in a great looking dress this is one of my Top Doctor Who stories.
one of the classic series best adventures - Hammer horror meets saturday teatime sci-fi head on as robot mummies stomp around a gothic mansion in service to an alien superbeing with the best evil villain voice ever - so good they got him back to voice 'the Beast' for David Tennant episode 'the Satan Pit'
yes there are a few plotholes (why does all the action take place in England when Sutekh is still in Eqypt? why is Sutekh buried with robots and missile parts? etc) but you just won't care because its too much fun
kneel before the might of Sutekh!
Great script, great acting from Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, and all the supporting cast including Michael Sheard and Peter Copley, the best villian ever in Sutekh (all done with that voice - chilling!) great photography, settings, music and the simplest idea ever - Doctor Who meets Hammer Horror and the Mummies!
This is the best Doctor Who story EVER. No doubt. A Classic.
With such marvellous elements as mysterious Egyptians, walking mummies, animated cadavers and an all-powerful super-villain this wonderful slice of late 1975 Season Thirteen classic series 'Doctor Who' is an undoubted gem with series regulars (Tom) Baker and (Elizabeth) Sladen at the height of their successful working partnership. There are some mighty fine performances on offer from story cast members Bernard Archard (Professor Marcus Scarman), Peter Copley (Doctor Warlock), Michael Sheard (Laurence Scarman) and Gabriel Woolf (his powerful vocal delivery as the eponymous Sutekh resonating through the story) wrapped up in an authentically recreated period English country house setting. Its appearance on DVD is all the better thanks in part to a wealth of marvellously enjoyable extra features. Whilst 'Osirian Gothic' (approx 22 mins) focuses on the making of this story 'Serial Thrillers' (at approx 42 mins) takes a broader and entirely fascinating overview of Producer Philip Hinchcliffe's stewardship of the program, a period of the series which continues to be held, quite rightly, in the highest regard. With so much of "Pyramids of Mars" being location based this is definitely one production that benefits from a detailed 'Now and Then' feature and at almost 8 mins in length this is a marvellously appealing item matched with suitable incidental music which indeed also features during the 10 ¾ min Photo Gallery. Approx 3 mins of Deleted Scenes add little to the completed main feature however the distinctly tongue-in-cheek 'Oh Mummy' feature (6 ¾ min) is a pleasingly amusing welcome look at Sutekh the Destroyer's varied post story career. A top notch classic story backed up by virtually an equal amount of extra features make this a marvellously satisfying title