Sunday, 28 May 2017

DW 10-07: The Pyramid at the End of the World (2 of 3)

A Guide to Classic Who references in new Who.

Doctor Who series 10 episode 7 in which there is a pyramid... at the end of the world.

Warning: May contain spoilers for

"The Pyramid at the End of the World"

Viewing Order

  • DW 10-05 "Oxygen(Suggested viewing - Doctor's new status explained.)
  • DW 10-06 "Extremis" (Required viewing - Leads into this episode.)


[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.)  Episode List.

For context, the following are also covered:
[1ST] -  The first appearance of things in Doctor Who series.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series.

Ongoing References...

  • [OLD]  The Doctor - The central character of both series of Doctor Who.  This is the Twelfth Doctor, the thirteenth face he's had.  Because it comes up a couple of times in this episode: he's an alien (from the planet Gallifrey).

  • [NEW]  Nardole - River Song's assistant in the  "The Husbands of River Song" (Doctor Who (2005) 2015 Christmas Special).  In that episode is head was removed and used by the robot body of the Hydroflax.  In his second appearance, ("The Return of  Doctor Mysterio" (Doctor Who (2005) 2016 Christmas Special)) Nardole noted:  "You cut me out of Hydroflax because you were worried you'd be lonely".  "The Pilot" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 10) suggests he now has a robot body.  In this episode the Doctor notes he's close enough to human.  Then again, aren't we all?

  • [OLD]  The TARDIS - The Doctor's time and space travel vehicle.  TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space.  Like a lot of Time Lord technology, it is "bigger on the inside."  The Doctor stole his Tardis when fleeing Gallifrey.  It is an older model ("Type 40") and unreliable, often ending up in the wrong location and the chameleon circuit - designed to make the Tardis appear inconspicuous in any surroundings it appears has failed so it always appears as a police telephone box from 1960s England, which, to be fair was inconspicuous when the show was first made in 1960s England.

  • [NEW] Sonic Sunglasses - First appeared in "The Magician's Apprentice" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 9) in which they replaces his sonic screwdriver for until "Hell Bent" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 9).  They have been used as a back-up sonic device ever since, since becoming blind he has been using them to replace his sight.

  • [OLD]  Sonic Screwdriver - A sonic device first used by the Second Doctor, and used in various forms until early in the life of the Fifth Doctor.  The Seventh had one near the end of his life and one was used by successive Doctors.  It's often used to unlock doors, or on special doors determine their combination.

From the previous episode... 

  • [1ST]  The Monks - First appearance of these aliens in the real world.  They appeared in the previous episode as part of their VR simulation.

This episode... 

  • [OLD]  The United Nations - The real world organisation has been mentioned a few times in Doctor Who, mostly in connection with UNIT, a paramilitary organisation under it's auspices (until the real organisation objected in 2005).

  • [OLD]  The President of Earth - The Twelfth Doctor was first made aware of the decision to make him President in times of crisis in "Death in Heaven" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 8).

  • [NEW]  Turmezistan - The home of a Zygon terrorist training camp in "The Zygon Invasion" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 9).

  • [OLD]  Vampires - The Doctor has met vampires.  The Fourth Doctor met the Great Vampires ("State of Decay" (Doctor Who (1963) Season 18) a giant race of vampires who, according to "The Infinite Quest" (Totally Doctor Who (2006)), rampaged across the universe during the Dark Times.  They were eventually defeated by the Time Lords, although some survived in E-Space.  The aquatic fish-people, the Saturnyns appeared to those who saw them as vampires ("The Vampires of Venice" (Doctor Who (2005) Series 5)).  A number of other vampiric creatures have also appeared.

  • [OLD]    UNIT HQ - Has been shown to be in a number of locations in and around London, most recently underneath the Tower of London.

Previous: "Extremis" (1)

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