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The popularity of this Tom Baker-eraDoctor Whoserial among fans led directly to its release on DVD (it ranked first in aDoctor Whomagazine poll about stories to be released on disc), and once again, the WB/BBC DVD doesn't disappoint with a sparkling presentation and a wealth of supplemental features. The third serial in the thirteenth season (1975-1976) finds the Doctor and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) on Earth in 1911, where an Egyptologist has come under the power of Sutekh, a powerful alien bent on unleashing worldwide destruction. The much-discussed "Gothic" sensibilities that producer Phillip Hinchcliffe and writer Robert Holmes brought to the series during this season are largely in effect here--mummies and sinister henchmen mix freely with robots and alien invaders--as are the quality of writing and acting that helpedDoctor Whospike some of its highest ratings to date during this season. One of the series' strongest and most entertaining stories,Pyramids of Marsis undoubtedly a must-have for Baker andWhofans.--Paul Gaita
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Studio:  BBC Video / Warner Bros.
CastGabriel Woolf, Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen
DVD Release Date:  September 7, 2004
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review by . February 18
posted in Pass The Remote!
I wouldn’t exactly say that I “grew up” watching Doctor Who.  I can admit that I discovered it in the mid-1970’s by way of the local PBS affiliate broadcasting the BBC program here in the United States, and I can say – without reservation – that my first Doctor was the legendary Tom Baker.  (And, yes, I subscribe to that whole wives’ tale that tells us: “Your first Doctor is the best Doctor.”)  Mr. Baker was a delight, always struggling …
review by . October 11, 2010
posted in Pass The Remote!
As a young boy, I vividly remember some of the shows I used to watch late on a Saturday night. Saturday nights were the one night during the week that I was able to stay up late. Sometimes I would watch WWF wrestling with my dad and other times we would watch the Three Stooges on the local tv station. My dad never cared for sci-fi. He grew up with Westerns and my siblings and I all grew up with a very deep appreciation of that genre. For Dad, sci-fi was the opposite of the Western. He didn't like …
review by . August 08, 2007
It's no secret that Tom Baker portrayed probably the most loved incarnation of "Doctor Who." Sarah Jane Smith was one of his best companions. "Pyramids of Mars" is one of the best serials to feature them together. No, there aren't any Daleks or Cybermen roaming around, but there is one nasty villain who goes by the name of Sutekh. He's an Egyptian "god" who had a run-in with another Egyptian god, Horus. He's trapped in the Eye of Horus for all eternity....or at least that's what we're told. In this …
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