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Doctor Who 10.6 'Pyramid..' Review

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[{"text":"The latest episode of Doctor Who (written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat) leads straight on from the surprise cliffhanger of "Extremis" last week. It is dramatic and powerful with some clever ideas, although (like several Moffat episodes) the story relies on being fast paced to cover up the weaker elements. "},{"spoiler":"Medium"},{"image":[{"src":"mon45482monks-gr.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The episode is certainly high stakes, with World War III apparently imminent and the Doomsday Clock counting down. I did wonder how many younger fans would be familiar with this real-world analagy for nuclear destruction, although it has been feaured in "Watchmen" and in albums from Iron Maiden and Linkin Park.#NL#The aliens are scary, there is the threat of war, biohazard and global extinction. The Doctor certainly has a challenge."},{"image":[{"src":"mon74713monks.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The aliens, known as Monks, have apparently limitless power and are able to do just about anything. They have also been monitoring all human history, and running simulations of the future. All of makes me wonder exactly why they need consent, and I am not convinced by them just wanting to be loved. Perhaps that will prove to be their Achilles Heel?#NL#The Monks seem a bit un-original, as they have a lot of similarities to the Silence, and not just in appearance. They are both extremely powerful alien species that have been watching Earth for millenia, plotting to enslave humanity. #NL#The themes of war, and aliens among us were also evident of Harness' last story the splendid "Zygon Invasion" and "Zygon Inversion.""},{"image":[{"src":"ep-801515ep-7.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Capaldi's Doctor continues to grow and develop, making it even more tragic that he only has half a dozen episodes left. The Doctor shows more than a touch of War Doctor as he seeks to defend the Earth. He will never give up, even when the military are ready to surrender. As Bill says "all these soldiers in the room, and you're the only one still fighting."#NL#Erica the scientist was a welcome addition, and another on the list of potential companions for the Doctor, like Astrid and Lynda-with-a-y."},{"image":[{"src":"bil310651bill-and.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#There is plenty of humor in the episode too, especially from Bill and Penny's date being interupted again, and from the banter between Nardole ( "I'm not just sexy!") and the Doctor. #NL#Each episode we get a few more hints of Nardole's back story, to build up the puzzle piece by piece. "},{"image":[{"src":"pyr523981pyramids.png"},{"caption":""The Pyramids of Mars" from 1975."}]},{"text":"#NL#There were several references to past episodes, most obviously with the Doctor being President of Earth. Previously the Doctor encountered pyramids in the classic "Pyramids of Mars" in which he took Sarah Jane Smith into an alternative future where the Earth was a dead and desolate wasteland, looking strikingly similar to the vision shown by the Monks. #NL#The Doctor makes a reference having seen other dead planets, and "The Dead Planet" is one of the alternative titles for the first ever Dalek story way back in 1963. #NL#The Doctor also uses the phrase "as dead as the moon" which might be a nod to Peter Harness' story "Kill The Moon" in Season 8. "},{"double":[{"src":"mon972982monks-fu.jpg"},{"src":"fat951475fates.png"}]},{"text":"The use of the Monks of glowing cables in their machine to predict the future would appear to be a symbolic link to the Fates of Greek legend, who looked at the threads of time. "},{"image":[{"src":"lab12044lab.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"The idea that a few everyday mishaps could cause a chain of events leading to the end of the world is certainly intriging. However this relies on scientists Erica and Douglas completely abandoning safety protocols and proceedures: bringing out lethal material and leaving the airlock open. "},{"image":[{"src":"loc860629lock.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The Doctor is still blind, and still has not admitted it to Bill, maybe because he does not want to appear weak? #NL#This means that even though he has saved the world, he is about to lose his own life as the lab explodes, because he cannot see the combination. Although why exactly a lab full of plants has a combination lock is never explained. "},{"image":[{"src":"tru632897truth.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The story ends with another dramatic cliffhanger, making this a rare three part story.#NL#Bill sacrifices the world to save the Doctor, because the Earth needs him. There would seem to be an element of guilt in her decision too, that the Doctor is in this situation because he sacrificed his eyesight to save her. #NL#The Monks described it as a decision based on "love", which seems to be a bit out of character from Bill's relationship with the Doctor so far.#NL##NL#"},{"spoiler":"Heavy"},{"image":[{"src":"reg466545regen.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"So next episode the Monks are in charge of Earth, and always have been. The Doctor is in hiding and only Bill knows the truth. The trailer showed Bill shooting the Doctor, and the room that the Doctor was in looks very similar to a room seeing in other trailers... Could we see the Doctor regenerate sooner than we think? "}]

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