The Black Archive #12: Pyramids Of Mars
The Black Archive – a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.
‘Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the Destroyer.’
Pyramids of Mars (1975) inherits not only the mythology of Ancient Egypt, but a long tradition of Gothic fiction, Late-Victorian imperial guilt, and a fascination with mummification and the afterlife, led to stories of reverse colonisation, later reincarnated as 20th-century horror movies. These in turn inspired the alien gods and robot mummies of Pyramids of Mars, including one of the Doctor’s most frightening adversaries: Sutekh, the enemy of all life.