Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars is probably one of the most popular Doctor Who storylines that features the extremely talented Tom Baker as the Doctor. The story is extremely reminiscent of a gothic horror tale that mixes the elements of Ancient Egypt and modern day science fiction. The story revolves around an insidious infiltration of the Tardis that causes the time machine to sway off course and crash into England during the 20th century.
Unaware to the Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane, an ancient evil has stirred within the Tardis and threatens the very existence of the Earth. This being is called Sutekh, the last of the Osirians who is also the ruler of an army of undead mummies but fortuantely for Earth and its denizens, the Doctor and Sarah Jane have uncovered this nefarious plot and plan on destroying this ancient and accursed evil.
Tom Baker is easily my favourite Doctor of the entire Doctor Who myths and does a wonderful job at dictating how the story is played out in the Pyramids of Mars. Apart from the talented actors that grace this DVD, the episode also contains some state-of-the-art special effects from the 1970's that helps portray the world of Doctor Who and match that with the eerie theme song of the series and you truly have a unique, retro and entertaining science fiction franchise.
The video quality of Doctor Who: Pyramid of Mars is quite good, considering the age of this masterpiece. It should also be noted that the entire episode has been digitally remastered that almost makes you think you are watching a series that was produced today.
The sound quality of this DVD features Dolby Digital and is quite clear and audible, thanks to the digital remastering of the music and sound tracks. The music of the current episode was composed by Dudley Simpson that truly immerses you into this entertaining science fiction series.
When it comes to extras, Doctor Who: The Pyramid of Mars features a plethora of extras that include commentary by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and a variety of other people that include the director and producer, various deleted scenes, the making of the Pyramid of Mars, serial thrillers, photo gallery and production subtitles.
From frightening mummies to a very in-depth storyline, this DVD features one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time and I would recommend it to all fans of the series. Check it out!
- Andrew B