Doctor who in Review: Pyramid of Mars Part II

Sutekh’s servant’s black outfit then dematerializes, revealing his true form, Marcus Scarman, much to his brother’s horror. Marcus is given a suitably pale complexion and dark eye shadow, somewhat complimenting the Doctor’s later description of him as basically, a walking corpse animated by Sutekh’s will.

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The Doctor, ducking out of the way of Scarman as he and the mummies set up a shield barrier, then gives Sarah, Lawrence, and the audience a bit of an info dump that Scarman and even Sarah are sort of confused by. He then identifies the Sarcophagus as not only the way to Sutekh, but what drew the TARDIS off course. There’s an honestly confusing sequence right here, as the Doctor activates it, seems alarmed for a second,then orders Sarah to stay back, and then seems to fling the TARDIS key at the door, causing it to cause a reaction that knocks him out. Sarah and Lawrence quickly put him in a “preist hole” nearby.

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We then get a mini subplot of sorts with a local hunter, who is trapped on the grounds due to the shield being set up. His trap has also temporarily confounded one of the mummy robots. His sort of B-plot is sort of mostly irrelevant to the story, apart from showing off some of the schemes and powers of Sutekh and his mummies, and a bit of a macguffin for the Doctor and Sarah in the next episode. Other than that, it’s kind of what a lot of Doctor Who fans considering “padding”-a superfluous plotline designed to increase the length of a story. Although there are far worse examples of this throughout Doctor Who’s history. This, at least, is a mild one.

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The mesmerized Scarman then stops by the injured Warlock, and there’s some great body language here by Archard, as he seems to slowly draw information from what’s left of his human memory, barely remembering Warlock and seeming cold to Warlock’s concerns. The mummies then quickly dispatch Warlock, disturbing the local poacher.

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The Doctor recovers in the priest hole, although he’s kind of wondering what one of them is doing in a Victorian Gothic folly. (Basically, a “folly” is a building that’s merely meant for a decorative purpose rather than a practical one, while a priest hole was presumed to hide a priest during the late middle ages).Image result for Priesthole Pyramid of mars

We get another infodump here, with the Doctor trying to figure out how to keep Sutekh stuck in Egypt by disrupting the mummies’s operations here-and comes up with using Namin’s ring.

They’re about to do so when Marcus shows up again, but this time the poacher shoots him in the back. We see him stagger slightly, but due to some admittingly clever use of reverse footage, the bullets have no effect on him (he’s pretty much dead anyway). The poacher is pretty much spooked when he discovers this guy who’s walking around with living mummies and killing people is in fact, Professor Scarman-and then we get a fantastic shot of Marcus looking out the window as he gives the kill order for the poacher.

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The Doctor, Sarah, and Lawrence slip away from the priest hole back into the mummy room which holds the TARDIS, as well as some new arrivals of equipment-equipment that the Doctor recognizes as components of a rocket that can be used to free Sutekh (Basically, Sutekh’s still suck in the tomb in Egypt by a force field being transmitted from another pyramid on Mars-hence the title-and if the rocket hits Mars, no more force field, and Sutekh is free). He also clarifies what the Mummies are-service robots.

Marcus once again shows up, and it’s back to hiding for our heroes-this time in the TARDIS, where we get one of the explanations for why the Doctor can’t just ‘leave’ a certain adventure and return to a relative point of safety….because doing so means grave consequences. We also get a “It’s bigger on the inside!” moment from Lawrence) In this brilliant sequence, the Doctor points this out by taking Sarah back to 1980 (once again, there’s that continuity problem with UNIT, but that’s a whole other thing/article/whatever)….which is a desolate wasteland.

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The Doctor basically explains that because they left without stopping Sutekh, this creates an alternate timeline or something, explaining in part I think why Sarah doesn’t blink out of existence when they land. Regardless of the temporal paradox, Sarah is adamant that they go back and fix this, with a great line reading and look by Elizabeth Sladen. “We’ve got to go back.” No wonder she returned a few times and got her own spin-off show twice.

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And now, instead of his intermediaries, we’re introduced to Sutekh himself via a kind of glowing effect on the Sarcophogaus, as well as a look inside the tomb, where he appears in an Egyptian-looking headdress, and sitting in a chair (although his outfit certainly looks a bit alien). He’s voiced by Gabriel Woolf, whose voice is calm yet commanding and with an undercurrent of anger at the same time.

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Woolf-in addition to bringing back Sutekh for a few audio dramas-would also provide the voice the beast/possessed Toby in “The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit”-another serial which featured a trapped evil alien “god” (A plot point that shows up a few other times in Doctor Who-most notably later on in “Curse of Fenric” as well)

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Meanwhile, the gang finds Warlock’s body, and Lawrence is horrified that Marcus did such a thing, but the Doctor doesn’t have much sympathy, as as far as he’s concerned, Marcus is already dead and just a puppet of Sutekh (The Doctor’s apathy on this will have a lot of payoff in the next episode).

The Doctor then proceeds with the plan that can jam Sutekh’s signals to Scarman and the mummies by using a combination of the Egyptian’s ring and Lawrence’s radio transmitter. However, they’re quickly distracted by the mummies, who’ve finally caught up to the poacher and kill them by crushing him with their chests. The Doctor decides it’s now or never….but as the mummies approach, Lawrence suddenly isn’t quite on board with it and grabs Sarah, because he’s afraid it will kill Marcus…again.

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Although Sarah manages to break free and power the device (causing Sutekh and Marcus to double up in pain), the mummies are still coming, the Doctor and Lawrence are temporarily knocked out….and one has Sarah by the throat. Cliffhanger time!


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Next: Moral relativity, Sarah’s got a gun, and the Doctor gets literally wrapped up.


Doctor Who History-First and Last?

When we last left the Doctor, he was once again refusing to regenerate after his encounter with the Masters and the Cybermen. He landed in the South Pole, 1986….where his first incarnation-who had also had his very first confrontation with the Cybermen-is pretty much doing the exact same thing, and encounters his future self.

The Twelfth of course realizes this, but the first Doctor just figures he’s another Time Lord, sent to recover the TARDIS and return it to Gallifrey.



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The two are then interrupted by a World War I captain, who has somehow been ejected from 1914 in the middle of a standoff with a German soldier, and is confused by his sudden transportation and the strange dimensions of the Doctor’s (present) TARDIS. The First Doctor-finally realizing that the Twelfth is his future self-is equally confused as to the state of the TARDIS, considerably dirtier and darker than his version.

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The TARDIS is then scooped up a massive spaceship,  The Testimony, in a mysterious “Chamber of the Dead” piloted by a mysterious glass woman.

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Bill Potts is also onboard, although the Twelfth Doctor is suspicious of her presence, considering the last thing he knew, she was turned into a Cyberman.

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The First Doctor is likewise also confused at the current Doctor’s use of sonic devices, and ask that he observes with his own eyes, rather than tools-that the glass woman’s face is asymmetrical-like a real person’s. The entity then says it will take the Captain’s life in exchange for returning Bill to the Doctor. The Captain agrees, but the Doctor isn’t having it.

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She also puts forward a little bubble clip show of the Doctor’s various lives, as well as nicknames, which horrifies the First Doctor quite a bit, although the Twelfth Doctor believes it’s been selectively edited: “They’ve cut out all the jokes!”

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Also Believing that the Testimony might have sinister intentions, the Doctors and Bill leave the spaceship, temporarily leaving the current TARDIS behind and taking refuge about the First Doctor’s. Bill finds herself a bit offended by the first Doctor’s misogynistic attitude.

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The Doctor decides he needs a sophisticated databank to learn more about the Testimony, but the databank in the First Doctor’s TARDIS is relatively empty at this point. After briefly considering Gallifrey’s matrix, he figures he needs another one-although it involves going into some dangerous territory-the planet Villengard, a place swarming with shell-less Dalek mutants. After one attacks the captain, the Doctors explore the city while Bill and the Captain wait in the TARDIS.

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The Doctor comes to a tower where he chats with Rusty, the “Good Dalek” from “Into the Dalek” who has been fighting off his brethren but is still connected to their hive mind, a computer. Meanwhile, Bill leaves the TARDIS and talks with the first Doctor about his reasons for leaving Gallifrey and his purpose in the future.

The  Doctor learns that “Testimony” is in fact an information archive using time travel to extract people moments before their death, and record their entire lives into a computer before returning them to their proper place with no knowledge of being taken out of time. That person can then also be resurrected into a glass copy. The Doctor figures that this isn’t evil, and it’s revealed that the Bill that’s been traveling with them is one such copy. However, when the Doctors met and each refused to regenerate, it caused a sort of paradox/”Timeline error” that wound up with the Captain popping into 1986.

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The Doctors return the Captain to 1914, but the Doctor decides to cheat a little bit and place him during the Christmas truce, allowing him to live more of a life than he did originally. His name: Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart-and he asks for the Doctor to check on his family-the first Doctor promises he will, and the Twelfth knows he’s good for it (For obvious reasons).

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Confident that his future is in safe hands, the first Doctor returns to his time and place in the snow, 1986, where he collapses and changes into his second self.

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Meanwhile, his future incarnation wonders if he should continue to resist regeneration, and just die in his present form to finally get some rest from his very long life(s).

He chats with the glass avatar of Bill, which also gives him a present-it turns into Clara, and his memories of her-which were self-erased as he kind of went a bit too overboard to save her (getting Gallifrey pretty angry at him again).

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A glass Nardole also shows up, saying it’s be kind of sad if the Doctor just died-The universe would suddenly go cold, as he puts it. After giving a goodbye hug to his companions (or rather their memories in glass bodies), he says he needs to make the final decision alone.

Figuring that the universe still needs saving, that they’ll get it wrong without him etc. the Doctor decides it’s time to once again regenerate. Before he regenerates, he gives some advice to his next incarnation.

You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you. Basic stuff first.

Never be cruel, never be cowardly. And never ever eat pears! Remember – hate is always foolish…and love, is always wise.

Always try, to be nice and never fail to be kind. Oh, and….and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No-one would understand it anyway. Except….

Except….children. Children can hear it. Sometimes – if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too. Children can hear your name.

But nobody else. Nobody else. Ever.


Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.


Doctor – I let you go.


And the process begins again. The usual fireworks, and the most damage he’s done to the console room since his tenth-to-eleventh change.


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However, this time the result is a bit different….


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The Doctor looks at HER reflection in the console room scanner. She is now a woman, appearence-wise in her mid thirties, and seems kind of excited at the prospect.

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However, her excitement is a bit short-lived, as the damage to the TARDIS causes the console room to explode when she hits a button, and the doors to open in midair. Unable to get a hold, she falls out, thousands of feet in the air.

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She’ll be back in October, though!

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Doctor Who In Review: Pyramid of Mars Part One

Thought I’d write up a bit on one of my favorite Tom Baker serials, “Pyramid of Mars”.

After making a strong impression in his first season (12)-although pretty much pitted toward familiar adversaries such as Sontarans, Daleks, and Cybermen (as well as two new threats in the form of the K-1 Robot and the Wiirn) Tom Baker’s second season-13-sort of had a classic horror film vibe (Britain in particular was doing well with it’s Hammer studios horror films), with the Doctor’s adventures often recalling those films, but with a bit of a more sci-fi, or uniquely Doctor Who-style twist.

To that end, there was Terror of the Zygons and Android Invasion, both of which played on themes of body replacement or stolen identity like in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (Although “Zygons” threw in the Loch Ness Monster as well) Planet of Evil was pretty much “Forbidden Planet” with a touch of Jekyll and Hyde thrown in (“Forbidden Planet” had a bit of Jekyll and Hyde to begin with as well). “Brain of Morbius” of course was Frankenstein, and perhaps is the best example of a story being given a Doctor Who embellishment, as Morbius-whose brain-detached from his original body, although kept alive (Kind of needs a full body to regenerate though!) needs to be transported into a new body-was a former Time Lord president, although a pretty bad one. The final story, Seeds of Doom, mixes the “Day of the Triffieds” with the “Thing from Another World” (Later of course, the inspiration for  it’s 1982 remake “The Thing”).

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Pyramid of Mars, the third story, is my favorite of the season, and perhaps one of my favorites of all time. Maybe because it deals with Egyptology a bit, which is sort of a side hobby of mine, or how it really sells the threat as one of the Doctor’s biggest challenges, one that he-and the universe-was literally seconds away from failing.

Pyramids begins with some stock footage of Saqurra and the step pyramid near there, before going to studio and video with a scientist-Marcus Scarman. I’m guessing the actor-Bernard Archard-was cast in part because he has a very Peter Cushing look to him (Archard had previously been in Troughton’s debut story, Power of the Daleks, but as a totally different character).

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Anyway, he enters an old-but well preserved-tomb, but discovers a strange glowing eye of Horus which glows red (and scares the local diggers) and then opens a door-and then Marcus finds himself falling over in agony from a green light.

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One TARDIS shot later, and we’re with the Doctor and Sarah in the console room, which, in this version, has some pretty large roundels (This is actually one of the first times the console set is seen, and for pretty much most of the series after this, they’d pretty much shrink to yellowish ones. Sarah’s trying on a new dress, but the Doctor is somewhat distracted, referring to her as “Vicky”, although rather than the usual times when he misnames a companion (after regeneration scrambles his brains a bit), he explains that it’s Victoria’s old dress. Which is a bit confusing because the Doctor had a companion named Vicky, and also later Victoria (Who the dress actually is supposed to belong too).

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I think it’s pretty obvious it’s the latter. Sure, “Vicky” wore dresses, but not like Victoria’s.

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Anyway, the Doctor’s a little worried that he’s becoming “middle aged” at 740 years (although from the perspective of the new series and like, 10 regenerations later and a thousand or so years later, he’s actually very young at this point!), and therefore needs to sort of detach himself from being UNIT’s scientific adviser, a role he’s had since season 7 and, since he’s recently become a new person (In “Planet of the Spiders”/Robot”) and even earlier regained his freedom with the TARDIS (“In the Three Doctors”) he’d rather resume his old travelling days.

However, suddenly the ship gets hit by something, causing the console to spark and the ship to tremble, with Sarah getting spooked by a bizarre looking Jackal head that suddenly pops up. The Doctor’s initially disbelieving of her claim, since “nothing can enter the TARDIS” unless it has some really strong mental projection…but she’s still spooked, especially when they land….and although they’ve landed at the right destination (UNIT HQ), they’ve landed in the wrong time (In the old mansion the base was built on)….and the Doctor suspects this isn’t just the TARDIS being finicky again, but there’s something very wrong and contrary to the laws of the universe. Now he’s spooked. It’s interesting how haunted the Doctor seems in these two scenes, first by the prospect of aging, and second by time being out of whack. Although Tom is often stated to be one of the “funnier” Doctors-something which is primarily based on his later stories, no doubt-he certainly captures the alien aspect here pretty well.

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Meanwhile, in the other part of the house, some really spooky organ music is playing very loudly by a man in a Fez (of course, Fez’s would become a bigger part of Doctor Who’s iconography later on, but that’s neither here nor there in this review 🙂 ), as he is confronted by the butler and Dr. Warlock (Interesting name) a colleague of Professor Scarman, who is wondering why Marcus Scarman’s brother, Lawrence, has been banned from the mansion they share. The main room here is actually a pretty decent set, in particular the sarcophagus itself.

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Meanwhile, the Doctor and Sarah try to get their way out of the room, with Marie Antoinette’s old pick-lock, and the Doctor cracking a joke or two to lighten the mood. Although the butler opens it for them from the outside. Speaking of which, looks like less effort was put into these particular sarcophagi by the art department, but then again they’re supposed to hold the big signature monsters from this story so their somewhat strange, large size does kind of make a bit of sense, although the paint job looks a bit high school art project.

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The butler just thinks that the Doctor and Sarah are buddies of Warlock’s, and he lets them on their way, and they decide to head outside…to of course, sneak in another way.

Warlock and Namin continue their debate, with Namin making veiled threats, but the screams of the butler alert them to the room with the sarcophagi. Turns out he’s dead-strangled, by something which quickly wiggles it’s way back into the coffin before it’s spotted. Namin of course goes into full nutjob here talking about ancient gods returning, although Warlock is adamant to call the police, and then Namin produces a gun. Maybe you should’ve just run when the thing started talking a bit nutty, Warlock.

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Warlock is badly winged, but saved due to SCARF ATTACK! from the Doctor who escapes with Warlock (although it’s directed a bit oddly). However, Namin decides to activate the main hench-monsters here-The Osirian war robots, which actually kind of look pretty imposing when standing still. But kind of goofy when they walk. They don’t walk in a Hollywood mummy way, but in a kind of “I’m wearing a really bulky suit and can barely move” kind of way.

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Next we have a bit of a cat and mouse between the characters, as the Doctor and Warlock hide in the woods from Nabim and the robot mummies, while Sarah also attempts to evade them and, on Warlock’s advice, seek Lawrence’s help.Image result for Pyramid of mars robot mummies

Eventually Nabim gets distracted, sensing something, and heads back to the main room, allowing Lawrence to tend to Dr. Warlock. The Doctor initially expresses disbelief about Sarah spotting the walking mummies, despite the fact that he was literally just hiding from one himself!

Allowing Warlock to recover, Lawrence is baffled by the new arrivals. The Doctor doesn’t want to call the police because they’d obviously confuse matters (and probably wouldn’t do well against alien robot mummies either, especially in the early twentieth century)…and of course doesn’t believe that Sarah is from 1980 (which is actually a whole other can of worms in Doctor Who’s sometimes tangled continuity….which I really won’t get into here, but it mainly deals in part with something brought up later on in a Peter Davison serial, “Mawdryn Undead” and where the “Modern day UNIT” stories were set…). Despite all this, Lawrence-amazed by the Doctor’s knowledge that his experimental “Marconiscope” is actually an early Radio telescope-sort of an anachronism (and one eventually explained by the outcome of this episode). Nevertheless, it’s receiving a transmission, from Mars.

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….and it’s a warning. “Beware Sutekh”….and once again we get haunted Doctor face. Without explaining much, he states “The Earth is facing the greatest peril in it’s history”, and even more omniously.. “The forces that are being summoned into corporeal existence in that house are more powerful and more dangerous than anything even I have ever encountered.” Daleks, Cybermen, the Master, Omega—they’ve got nothing on Sutekh. Despite telling Sarah and Lawrence to stay put, they follow him as he looks on to what’s transpiring.

The Doctor heads back to the mansion, where the organ music has become really swelled (It’s never really explained how the organ music is supposed to make the sarcophagus work, and it’s pretty much playing itself at this point (Although that might be just a bit of a flourish by composer Dudley Simpson) The sarcophagus suddenly becomes a funky looking multi-colored portal, an effect we see several times in this serial.

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Out emerges a creature possessing a helmet similar to the mummies (but without the wrappings and a black suit along with some equipment. However, as it tells Namin (Who as it turns out, is part of an ancient cult who kept an eye on Sutekh’s tomb) , it’s not Sutekh, just his servant, and that Sutekh doesn’t need another (Well, apart from those robot mummies). He does away with Namin by putting his smoking hands on his shoulders, and that he’s going to help bring Sutekh’s gift of death, to all humans. Cue cliffhanger!

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Next: The identity of the man in black is revealed, something Lawrence has some severe problems with, which could complicate the Doctor’s plans big time, and we get introduced more to Sutekh and the threat he poses.  We get a look into what happens when the Doctor *doesn’t* do anything with a present threat to a time period, and a local poacher adds some light comic relief and also slightly frustrates things for the Doctor and co.

Doctor Who History-The Night of the Master

The Doctor decides to test Missy’s redemption-by having her respond to a distress call, just like he would. The distress call ends up being on a ship trying to break away from a black hole, with a terrified pilot at the helm.  Missy’s style is a bit different, to say the least, and does little to calm the situation.


The pilot asks if any of them are human-Missy isn’t, of course, and Nardole is sort of a cyborg-but Bill is. In response, he shoots her in the chest, creating a hole.

She’s then taken by mysterious, white robed and masked individuals who state they can repair her.

The Doctor, Missy, and Nardole soon figure out that the ship is in a state of time dillation due to the Black hole-while only seconds pass for the Doctor and co. on the bridge, time moves much faster on the ship’s lower levels. A repair crew on the ship, sent down not too long ago, became a fully functioning city, although a polluted one, where various citizens are being ‘repaired’.

There, Bill befriends Mr. Razor, an employee at the hospital there, and the two observe via TV the Doctor’s extremely slow movements (from their POV) over the next decade. Bill also has machinery fixed to her chest to replace her destroyed organs. Eventually, Bill is betrayed by Razor into undergoing the next step of the procedure.

Eventually making their way to the bottom of the ship, The Doctor and Missy investigate the hospital, discovering that, in fact, the ship is from Mondas, the original Cybermen planet, and the patients are undergoing conversion to original Cybermen.

Missy, meanwhile, meets “Mr. Razor”, who is in fact, her earlier incarnation, the Master…and is very worried about his future.

The Doctor is then confronted by a Cyberman and both versions of the Master-and the Cybermen reveals that she is, in fact, Bill potts, and that she ‘waited’ for the Doctor.

The two quickly knock the Doctor out and tie him up, although Missy’s blow manages to have the Doctor’s hand land on a computer console….

As the two villains dance on the roof, the Doctor figures out what’s been going on, connecting the dots from the last time he faced this particular Master incarnation. After being sent back to Gallifrey’s “Time lock”, The Master’s degenerative illness-the one that made his skull translucent and made him shoot lightning bolts, as well as ravenously hungry-was ‘fixed’, and the Master fled Gallifrey, eventually ending up in the bottom of the ship here, where he turned it into yet another dystopia, but was thwarted by a rebellion, forcing him to take up his “razor” persona. The Master’s damage has already been done to this level of the ship, though, and therefore it’s citizens are being converted into Cybermen.


During his knock out though, the Doctor was able to reprogram the Cybermen, so that they would target time lord biology as well as human-which means now the Master, Missy, and the Doctor have no choice but to fight the Cybermen (Of course the Doctor would gladly do so anyway). They’re rescued by Nardole, and suprisingly, Bill, who hasn’t quite succumbed to the Cybermen side of her quite yet.

The group retreats to a higher level, a solar farm that is in better shape, but still being targeted for conversion by the Cybermen. The Doctor, Nardole, and Bill befriend the citizens, although they’re a bit off-put by Bill’s Cybermen exterior. They also try to work out a way to escape, especially with the time dilation allowing certain Cybermen to evolve into their current “Nightmare in Silver” looks.

The Doctor figures they can take a stand, to evacuate the citizens to a higher level where they will be safe for a time, guarded by Nardole, while the Doctor, Bill, and the Masters delay the Cybermen. However, the Master wants to just escape in his TARDIS, and Missy reluctantly goes along with the plan of her earlier self, despite the Doctor’s plea:

No! No! When I say no, you turn back around! Hey! I’m going to be dead in a few hours, so before I go, let’s have this out, you and me, once and for all. Winning? Is that what you think it’s about? I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone, or because I hate someone, or because, because I want to blame someone. It’s not because it’s fun and God knows it’s not because it’s easy. It’s not even because it works, because it hardly ever does. I do what I do, because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind. It’s just that. Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there’s no point in any of this at all, but it’s the best I can do, so I’m going to do it. And I will stand here doing it till it kills me. You’re going to die too, some day. How will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand, is where I fall. Stand with me. These people are terrified. Maybe we can help, a little. Why not, just at the end, just be kind? 


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Missy however, does eventually change her mind, stabbing her former self, and perhaps triggering his regeneration into her.  In turn, the Master blasts her full blast with the laser screwdriver, possibly killing her, but maybe not. The wounded Master then heads toward his TARDIS. Missy…who knows?

The Doctor makes a brave final stand against the Cybermen, fighting them off by using his sonic to ignite several fuel pipes. He’s hit several times by the Cybermen, as well as the debris from the pipes. Boasting that he’s managed to defeat the Cybermen time and time again, the Doctor manages to draw them back, but he’s mortally wounded and in the early stages of regeneration.

Bill manages to recover the Doctor’s prone body, which at the moment is unconsciousness, although the process of regeneration has begun.

Fortunately, Bill’s water creature friend, Heather, from the season finale, manages to emerge from one of Bill’s tears, managing to undo her cyber-conversion and make her back into her normal self, but with powers similar to hers. The two place the Doctor’s body in the TARDIS, although Bill hopes she’ll see him again in some form-and then set off on their own journeys through space and time.


The Doctor manages to regain consciousness, but the regeneration is already proceeding. However, like his tenth self, he’d rather stay the way he is rather than change once again.

Parking the TARDIS in a snowy landscape, and the process still underway, the Doctor continues to fight off the change, but is surprised to see a familiar face approach him-and not just any familiar face, but his first face….and one that is also fighting off a change to come.


But first, he’s got one last adventure….

And then, it’s time for something completely different….


Doctor Who History:A time for Warriors

The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole decide to pay NASA a visit when they’re taking a look at the polar ice caps. There, they find an unexpected message written in rocks: “God Save the Queen”. The Doctor and his companions decide to pop back to figure out how that happened.


They arrive on the planet in 1881, and unfortunately, the TARDIS-with Nardole still onboard-decides to leave and return to Earth in the present. The Doctor and Bill quickly encounter one of the planet’s natives-an Ice Warrior-but it turns out he’s with unexpected company-a group of British soldiers from the Victorian era.

Turns out, the Ice Warrior-named “Friday” by the soldiers-crash-landed on Earth, and the British regiment helped him repair his ship. The British soldiers then accompanied him back to Mars, to mine it and claim it for the Queen. However, Friday is in fact using them as labor to help revive his fellow warriors, including his own Queen, Iraxxa-which the British soldiers soon do.

Although initially considering peace, the British soldiers then open fire, which causes a battle to break out between the soldiers. However, the battle is quickly ended when Friday aides the Doctor in trying to stop his queen, and the commander is replaced by another soldier, a former deserter whose life is forfeit on Earth, but who will pledge himself to the warriors.

The Doctor then contacts Alpha Centauri, setting up events that in a few hundred years time, will occur on the planet Peladon during the Third Doctor era. He also leaves the rocks on Mars that will be sighted by NASA.

His return back to Earth, and his reunion with the TARDIS-is a bit troubling though-Nardole let Missy out of the Vault, and had her pilot it back to Mars-something very troubling for the Doctor and Bill.


Next, The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole-with Missy also in the ship-travel to 2nd century Scotland to search for the fate of the Ninth Roman legion, a group of soldiers who disappeared. While Bill runs into the legion, the Doctor and Nardole encounter a Scottish clan who are guarding a mysterious portal, and defending themselves against the invading legion.

They’re also using a creature coming out of the portal-an “Eater of light” to help defeat the Romans. However, the Doctor realizes the creatures in the portal are a larger threat, and if more or released they’ll eat all the light in the universe. With the help of the TARDIS translation circuits, he’s able to get the Romans and Picts to work together, and enter the portal-in which time moves much slower-to fight off the creatures until the end of time. Although the Doctor initially wishes to enter the portal himself, as he’s got a long life span and regenerations to spare, the Pict leader and the legion enter instead. The act of sacrifice actually provokes an emotional reaction in Missy, and the Doctor concludes that maybe, maybe he can trust her this time…

MISSY: I don’t even know why I’m crying. Why? Why do I keep doing that now? 
DOCTOR: I don’t know. Maybe you’re trying to impress me. 
MISSY: Yes. Probably some devious plan. That sounds about right. 
DOCTOR: The alternative would be much worse. 
MISSY: Really? 

DOCTOR: The alternative is that this is for real, and it’s time for us to become friends again. 
MISSY: Do you think so? 

DOCTOR: I don’t know. That’s the trouble with hope. It’s hard to resist. 


However, the past is about to catch up with Missy….



Doctor Who History-Monk see, Monk Do

The Doctor is still blind, unfortunately. He gets a ‘message’ on his sonic sunglasses-a file called “Extremis”.

Shortly thereafter, representatives of the Vatican, including the pope, visit him, asking him to investigate a strange book, the Veritas-a book that which has driven it’s readers to suicide.

Going into the Vatican’s library, he attempts to read Veritas using a translation machine and a bit of technology, but soon finds himself attacked by bizzare corpse like “monks”. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole also discover various portals within the library leading to major world locations-but Bill and Nardole become disturbed when they can’t seem to come up with random numbers when questioned-everybody’s saying the same exact thing. All three then figure out they are in fact computer simulations, being used by the monks to plot an invasion.


However, the ‘fake’ Doctor then sends a recording of the simulation to his real self, who is sitting by the vault-and we find out who’s in it…

After his 24-year honeymoon with River Song-which ends with her being sent to the library and her final fate way back when he was the tenth Doctor, the Doctor journeys to a place where Missy is being held prisoner, presumably after she escaped from Skaro. He’s supposed to be aiding in executing her, but he only knocks her out and locks her in the vault, where he’ll keep watch over her. But now he needs her help, especially since he’s blind.

Suddenly, a giant pyramid shows up in the middle of three military zones-American, Chinese and Russian. It’s inhabited by the monks, who say that Earth will be extinct within the year, if they don’t intervene and rule over mankind. However, they don’t need to invade the regular way by force, but by asking for consent from someone. Plus they neutralize any force set against them.

Turns out this threat is a deadly virus unwittingly created by two scientists pretty much by acccident.  The Doctor is able to figure this out by process of elimination, and manages to set the lab to self-destruct. Although he’s able to save one of the scientists, he himself is locked in the lab seconds before the explosion-and can’t input the key code because he’s still blind.


However, Bill, wishing to save her friend, gives the Earth over to the control of the Monks in exchange for giving the Doctor his sight back and saving his life. Unfortunately, that gives the Monks control over the planet, and using powerful hypnosis and telepathy, lead everybody to believe they’ve been in control all along, although Bill resists. The Doctor, in the meantime, broadcasts propoganda for the monks.


Bill is finally able to reach the Doctor, but it turns out he really might be working with the monks, since he feels mankind needs their help. She shoots him, and the regeneration process begins…

….but it turns out to just be a trick to make sure Bill wasn’t under their control, and the Doctor’s still the same.


Returning to the vault, the Doctor and Bill consult with Missy, who says the Monk’s signal is controlled by various statues, but Bill was the original giver of consent so she must die to break the control.

The Doctor and co try to infiltrate Monk HQ to stop the control Monk, but the Doctor’s attempt proves futile.

Bill however, manages to defeat the Monk by overpowering it with memories of her mother. The Monks then hightail it off Earth, and with their influence gone, many people forget it ever really happened in the first place. Meanwhile, the Doctor returns to Missy in the vault, and is surprised to see her remorseful.


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“I keep remembering all the people I’ve killed. Every day I think of more. Being bad, being bad drowned that out. I didn’t know I even knew their names. You didn’t tell me about this bit. “

Despite her remorse, sometimes the ghosts of the past can haunt you….

Here come the drums…..


Doctor Who History-House of a Thousand Alien lice

Bill decides to move in with some of her friends into a new house-after a few false starts, they eventually get a low cost mansion-provided they stay out of the tower.


The Doctor wants to help Bill move her stuff in, but the Doctor notices something ‘off’ about the house-and then one of the tenants vanishes when playing music, and there’s a strange knocking noise. Nevertheless, Bill and co. assume it’s nothing. But then more people start vanishing-turns out they’re being consumed by tiny alien bug monsters called the “Dryads”


The Dryads-who are activated by sound, such as the Landlord’s tuning fork, feed on the building’s tenants to sustain the inhabitant of the tower, Eliza, who is actually become a wood creature. The Landlord’s memory is a bit off, and he initially thinks Eliza is his daughter, but she is in fact, his formerly terminally ill mother, who was ‘saved’ by the alien bugs

Although ‘healed’ from her illness, her body has become mostly wood and she has to stay in the house. However, she’s tired of staying in the house and costing people’s lives, so she embraces her son and they are both consumed by the bugs, restoring Bill’s friends (although not the earlier inhabitants) and destroying the mansion.

Meanwhile, the Doctor continues to keep his vigil on the vault-and we learn that the inhabitant-who plays piano-finds the story-especially about people being consumed-very exciting. Gee, I wonder who it could be?


The Doctor-bored on being stuck on Earth guarding the vault-decides to head out to space despite the objections of Nardole. They land on a mining station where oxygen is precious-worth money even-and due to an apparent malfunction-but actually programming from the company-the spacesuits (Called “Smartsuits” kill their wearers, and work to do the same to others-effectively making them a sort of zombie. The only survivors are wearing suits that are somewhat damaged.

The Doctor and the survivors try to figure out a way to save themselves, but during an attempt to escape, Martha’s suit malfunctions, and she is exposed for several seconds to the vacuum of space.



The Doctor saves her by giving her his helmet, but unfortunately as a result is partially hurt by the vacuum himself-leaving him blind.

The suit also seems to kill Bill as well, but the Doctor wires the computer to self-destruct the station, but at the last minute is able to reason with the smartsuits that their deaths and the destruction of the station would be expensive for the company controlling them, so he’s able to save them (and give the crew some needed oxygen). The TARDIS is eventually recovered, as are (apparently) the Doctor’s eyes-and the crew is dropped back at corporate HQ, for a chat with their ruthless employers.


Back on Earth, Nardole scolds the Doctor for nearly getting them all killed this time-and leaving the vault unguarded, which could have grave consequences if the inhabitant escapes. Nardole asks him to look at him, but the Doctor can’t. Although his pigment has been restored….he’s still blind!